Programs and exhibits

The Architects Foundation hosts programs and exhibits to support and inspire the next-generation design community. Learn more about our latest programs in architecture, art, design, and history—hosted virtually and at The Octagon in Washington, DC.

Upcoming Events

Bay Springs School
The Rosenwald Schools with Andrew Feiler and Brent Leggs
December 7 12:30 PM

Join us for the inaugural conversation of the series “Revealing Parallel Histories Hidden In Plain Sight.” We will discuss Feiler’s book A BETTER LIFE FOR THEIR CHILDREN: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America; Photographs & Stories by ANDREW FEILER.

Born to Jewish immigrants, Julius Rosenwald rose to lead Sears, Roebuck & Company and turn it into the world’s largest retailer. Born into slavery, Booker T. Washington became the founding principal of Tuskegee Institute. In 1912 the two men launched an ambitious program to partner with black communities across the segregated South to build public schools for African American children. This watershed moment in the history of philanthropy—one of the earliest collaborations between Jews and African Americans—drove dramatic improvement in African American educational attainment and fostered the generation who became the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement.

“The Rosenwald school program represents people coming together across race, religion, and region to fundamentally make the world a better place,” says Feiler. “If there is a central theme in this story, it is that our individual actions can indeed make a difference.”

A special thank you to our event sponsor, the National Building Museum.

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2022 Exhibit schedule

Learn more about what’s on view at The Octagon.

Say It Loud

SAY IT LOUD Washington DC
June – December 2022

SAY IT LOUD is an exhibit featuring projects by women and diverse design professionals, as well as interviews about their experiences in the architecture and design professions. This exhibit shares, protects and celebrates the journey of the underrepresented to inspire the next generation. SAY IT LOUD is curated by Pascale Sablan, FAIA, the 2021 AIA Whitney Young Award recipient. SAY IT LOUD is sponsored by the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), the AIA College of Fellows and the Architects Foundation.

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I Was Here

Installed in December 2021, I Was Here is an art installation commemorating the lives of the enslaved people who built and worked at The Octagon. This is a part of The Octagon’s initiative to reveal the role enslaved craftspeople played in creating the architectural canon nationally.

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Exhibit curators

Are you interested in hosting an exhibit at The Octagon? Download our exhibit proposal form and send to