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.


Programs

The Octivity series

New! The Octivity Series
When the doors of The Octagon open back up, we’ll be welcoming our smallest guests with new Octivity books filled with scavenger hunt clues. At the completion of their museum journey and scavenger hunt, we’ll be waiting with a fresh set of stickers to reward their hard work. Until then, we have a short set of Octivity series pages available for download that you can print and complete at home!

Download the Octivity series (updated) >

Placemaking and the State of the Dream
On January 30, photographer Andrew B. Feiler, Howard professor Bradford C. Grant, and Lord Aeck Sargent principal Warren L. Williams joined us at The Octagon to discuss placemaking at HBCUs and the State of the Dream.

Learn more and watch the recap >

The Unbuilt Crosby Arboretum and the Legacy of E. Fay Jones
On August 27, MS State associate professor Hans Herrmann, AIA, AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA, and US Modernist’s George Smart joined us virtually to discuss the unbuilt Crosby Arboretum and E. Fay Jones’s impact.

Learn more and watch the discussion >


Exhibits

Unbuilt

The UnBuilt Crosby Arboretum: An Unrealized Masterplan by E. Fay Jones and Edward Blake Jr.
March 2020 – April 2021

This work, the only known Fay Jones multi-building composition/campus, illustrates how Jones’ work is deeply rooted to place and nature, similar to his mentor Frank Lloyd Wright. At the Crosby Arboretum, working with renowned Mississippi landscape architect and ecologist, Edward Blake Jr., Jones outlined something that was to be uniquely suited for the Gulf Coast environment. Jones received the AIA Gold Medal in 1990, the Institute’s highest honor.  Photo copyright Tim Hursley.

Learn more >
Watch our August 27th panel discussion >
Virtually tour the Crosby Arboretum >

50 Years After Whitney Young Jr.
50 years after Whitney Young Jr. challenged architects to create a more equitable profession, this exhibition was hosted at The Octagon in 2018. View the online exhibition, which is updated annually.

Tour the Whitney Young exhibition >

Upcoming exhibits
CODAawards (May – September 2021)
Blueprint for Better (October – December 2021)
Close to the Edge (January – June 2021)
Say It Loud (June – December 2021)