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6 D.C. area architecture events to look forward to this October

From a three-day design conference to a workshop on discovering the history behind houses in the District

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October is typically a month filled with nippier weather, pumpkin-picking, fall festivals, and, of course, Halloween.

But there are other, more design-focused events on their way worth a look as well. From a three-day design conference to a workshop on discovering the history behind houses in the District, see what events you should take notice of this month.

October 2: World Architecture Day

The Hirshhorn Museum • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In celebration of all things Brutalism, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum is hosting World Architecture Day, a day-long event with free donuts and unconventional architecture tours. This is the event’s second year, and with it comes tour guides like Washington City Paper columnist Amanda Kolson Hurley, former Associate Editor of Design at Architect Magazine Deane Madsen, and Curbed Editor-in-Chief Kelsey Keith.

October 3: Introduction to House History

Newseum • 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Discover the history of homes and other buildings here in the nation’s capital by checking out this workshop. The D.C. Historical Society and the D.C. Public Library’s Washingtoniana Division will head the workshop with information on resources like microfilm, the building permits database, and real estate atlases. Be sure to register for the event beforehand.

October 3 through 5: DesignDC 2017

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

This three-day conference is perfect for designers, engineers, contractors, planners, architects, and developers who hope to learn more about the unique challenges that face them in their profession in the D.C. Metro area. Expect educational sessions, trade show exhibits, and a tour of Arena Stage.

October 14: AIA’s Young Architects Forum

1776 Crystal Drive #1000, Arlington, Virginia • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

60 young architects will come together into 10 teams to develop new practice models in architecture. They will then present these viable models to the entire forum to give insight at what the future of the profession might look like. This year’s forum, titled, “Practice Innovation Lab,” will feature speakers like inventor and visual artist James Patten, Design Trust for Public Space Executive Director Susan Chin, and moderator Laura Weiss.

To attend the event, please RSVP to AIA’s Matt Tinder at

October 17: International Spy Museum Construction Tour

L’Enfant Plaza • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There’s a lot to look forward to when it comes to the newly constructed International Spy Museum. The new building at L’Enfant Plaza will more then double the current exhibit space and add a rooftop event venue. Get an inside look at the construction site with this tour, hosted by the Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington Young Members Group and the AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee. Following the event, there will be a networking happy hour at the 21st Amendment Bar & Grill at 550 C Street SW.

October 29 through November 1: Keeping History Above Water

Annapolis Waterfront Hotel

Leaders in a variety of fields, including historic preservation, culture, urban planning, and engineering will gather for this multi-day event, focused on examining the increasing and varied risks posed by sea level rise to coastal cities. Conference registration costs $275.

Were there any notable events left out? Let Curbed DC know in the comments.

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