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Unbuilt: A Trio of Exhibitions

Organized by the National Building Museum

Unbuilt is a trio of exhibitions organized by the National Building Museum, on view at three locations in Washington, D.C. for a limited time.

Unbuilt Washington
At the National Building Museum, through May 28, 2012

Unbuilt Washington Lecture

Imagine the Lincoln Memorial as a stepped pyramid. Or the Capitol as a modest, red-brick structure with a small cupola instead of its impressive dome. Or a palatial replacement for the White House perched atop one of the highest points in Washington, D.C. These are just a few of the many serious—and sometimes not so serious—proposals that would have dramatically changed the character of the nation’s capital. Unbuilt Washington presents these and other unexecuted architectural and urban design projects from 1791 to the present.


401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001


Unbuilt→Built: The Influence of the Progressive Architecture Awards
At AIA Headquarters, May 14 - August 31, 2012

Built→Unbuilt: The Influence of the Progressive Architecture Awards

Launched in 1953 by Progressive Architecture (P/A) magazine and now administered by ARCHITECT magazine, the annual P/A Awards have long been regarded as bellwethers of emerging trends in design theory and practice worldwide. The program has advanced the careers of young designers, provided impetus for the realization of daring projects, and altered the course of architectural debate. This exhibition presents 25 past P/A Award winners—all of them later built—that proved particularly influential.

The AIA Galleries are open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, except for Federal holidays. Please be advised, the AIA Galleries and the Octagon also function as event rental space. AIA reserves the right to close the exhibition areas to the public at any time for a private event.

1735 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20006


Could Be: The AIA|DC Awards for Unbuilt Architecture
At the District Architecture Center, May 3 - June 30, 2012

Could Be: The AIA|DC Awards for Unbuilt Architecture

In 2009, in the midst of the global economic crisis that brought many building projects to a halt, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) created a new awards program to recognize outstanding unbuilt projects by local design professionals and students. This exhibition presents winners from the first four years of the program, including both purely theoretical proposals and unexecuted commissioned projects that reflect the breadth and depth of Washington architects’ work.

421 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004


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