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Record Reveals: D.C. Blog
Architectural Record has sent a team of contributors to the American Institute of Architects' annual conference in Washington, D.C. Read their on-the-ground reports—covering everything from new products on the trade show floor to education sessions to parties—May 17-19.

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Essential Washington D.C.

930 Poydras Residential Tower

RECORD has asked a group of notable figures in Washington D.C.'s architecture and design community—from Hirshhorn Museum director Richard Koshalek to architect Yolanda Cole—to recommend must-visit new and historic buildings, as well as their favorite places to eat, drink, shop, and more.

Pictured: Dumbarton Oaks / Courtesy Wikipedia; Rasika Restaurant / Courtesy D.C. Cityblog (bottom)


Brian McKay-Lyons

Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James

Marion Weiss

Rick Cook

Tom Kundig

Watch video of our interviews with architects conducted at the American Institute of Architects annual convention.

Brian MacKay-Lyons
MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple principal and Ghost Lab founder discusses his recent work in Architectural Record’s booth at the 2012 American Institute of Architects convention.



Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James
The principals of VJAA, the American Institute of Architects 2012 Firm of the Year, discuss their work in Architectural Record’s booth at the AIA convention.



Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi
The principals of Weiss/Manfredi discuss their work in the Architectural Record booth at the 2012 American Institute of Architects convention.



Rick Cook
The Cook + Fox principal and newly minted FAIA discusses his work in Architectural Record’s booth at the 2012 American Institute of Architects convention.



Tom Kundig
The principal at Seattle’s Olson Kundig Architects discusses his recent work in Architectural Record’s booth at the 2012 American Institute of Architects convention.

Doug  Aitken’s Song 1 at the Hirshhorn

AIA 2012 Photos
Visit our Facebook page to see snapshots from the 2012 AIA conference, related events, parties, and around Washington, D.C.

D.C. Video: The People and Places Shaping the Capital
Doug  Aitken’s Song 1 at the Hirshhorn

Doug Aitken’s Song 1 at the Hirshhorn
Projected on the continuous facade of Gordon Bunshaft’s cylindrical 1974 museum, Doug Aitken’s video work wraps 360-degrees around the precast concrete surface.

Photo © Frederick Charles

Stephen Ayers, Architect of the Capitol

No Small Plans: Stephen Ayers, Architect of the Capitol
When Ayers was first appointed Architect of the Capitol, we caught up with him to discuss his role in some major renovation projects.

Photo courtesy Engineering News Record

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

An Interview with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan
Donovan discusses how important design is to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s affordable-housing mission.

Photo © Kristine Larsen

Foster + Partners' Glass Canopy

Foster + Partners' Glass Canopy at the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum
Smithsonian Director of Planning and Project Management, Sheryl Kolasinski, discusses the courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum.

Photo courtesy Jenna M. McKnight

News from the Capital: Recent D.C. Design Stories
Eisenhower Memorial

Gehry Modifies Design for Eisenhower Memorial
On Tuesday morning, the 11-member Eisenhower Memorial Commission (EMC) met in a Senate office building to review changes made by Gehry Partners for its design of a President Dwight Eisenhower memorial in Washington, D.C.

Image courtesy EMC

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Straying from Convention
Despite declining attendance and revenue, many cities are expanding convention centers or building new ones.

Image courtesy Events DC

Thomas Friedman’s Keynote

A Monumental Debate
Will the Frank Gehry-designed Ike Memorial ever get built?

Image courtesy EMC

Thomas Friedman’s Keynote

Designs for National Mall Sites Unveiled
Finalists include Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Michael Maltzan Architecture, and Snøhetta, among others.

Image courtesy Trust for the National Mall


Thomas Friedman’s Keynote

Hearings Begin on GSA Spending Fiasco
The first of several planned congressional hearings concerning the General Services Administration’s costly conference saw House members grilling current and former GSA officials about the spending scandal.

Related: GSA Chief Resigns Following Claims of “Wasteful” Spending on Conference

Image courtesy M Resort

Stephen Sandstrom and Søren Simonsen

Utah Architects Vie for Congressional Seats
Thomas Jefferson may be the most celebrated American architect, albeit an amateur one, to lead a political life, and he certainly wasn’t the last. But oddly, there are no architects currently serving in the U.S. Congress, and according to the AIA, there was only one during the entire 20th century. This year, however, two architects are running for Congress, and they both happen to be from Utah.

Photo courtesy Stephen Sandstrom (left) / Søren Simonsen (right)

Thomas Friedman’s Keynote

Gehry Hopes to Meet with Eisenhower Family to Allay Concerns Over Memorial Design
Frank Gehry hopes to meet with members of the Eisenhower family and work with them to assuage their concerns about his proposed memorial design, says the Eisenhower Memorial Commission (EMC), which is spearheading the $112 million project in Washington, D.C.

Image courtesy EMC

Thomas Friedman’s Keynote

Architects, Mayors, and Educators Convene for Green Schools Design Summit
Five public districts get useful advice through a workshop presented by the USGBC and American Architectural Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Photo courtesy AAF

D.C. Project Roundup: New Work and the Best from Our Archives
World Wildlife Fund Headquarters

World Wildlife Fund Headquarters
Envision Design

Photo © Sean Dorsy

Watha T. Daniel – Shaw Neighborhood Library

Watha T. Daniel – Shaw Neighborhood Library
Davis Brody Bond

Photo © Paul Rivera

Stoddert Elementary School & Community Center

Stoddert Elementary School & Community Center
EE&K (A Perkins Eastman Company)

Photo © Joseph Romeo

1100 First Street

1100 First Street
Krueck + Sexton Architects with Gensler

Photo © Prakash Patel

Anacostia Library

Anacostia Library
The Freelon Group

Photo © Mark Herboth Photography

Thomas Friedman’s Keynote

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
Bing Thom Architects

Photo © Nic Lehoux, courtesy Bing Thom Architects

Thomas Friedman’s Keynote

300 New Jersey Avenue
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Photo © Chuck Choi

Thomas Friedman’s Keynote

Yale Steam Laundry Condominiums
John Ronan Architects

Photo © Nathan Kirkman

Sidney Harman Hall

Sidney Harman Hall - Harman Center for the Arts
Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Photo © Timothy Hursley

Thomas Friedman’s Keynote

Middle School, Sidwell Friends School

Photo © Tom Bonner

Thomas Friedman’s Keynote

Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian’s Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture
Foster + Partners

Photo © Timothy Hursley

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