Past Events

Social Sketching: Columns & Coffee at Mellon Auditorium

Saturday, June 15th
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Mellon Auditorium
1301 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20240

Columns & Coffee is a monthly social sketching excursion led by the L’Enfants, the emerging architects branch of the ICAA-WMA. Anyone with an interest in sketching and/or connecting with other artists and architects are encouraged to attend. This month we will be sketching at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Designed by Arthur Brown Jr. and named for the prominent American industrialist and Treasury Secretary, this Neoclassical building links the buildings of the Federal Triangle area both physically and aesthetically. The Doric temple motif is used throughout the complex but is most prominent on the main portico, which is topped with magnificently-detailed metopes and a sculptural pediment. The building has been the site of many historically-significant events, including the official establishment of NATO in 1949.

Participants should be prepared to bring their own materials. We will meet at the Timgad Café in the lower level of the Woodrow Wilson Plaza (between the Ronald Reagan and Ariel Rios buildings) at 10:00am. We will be sketching for about 2.5-3 hours, but people are welcome to come and go as they please.

Cost: Free to all members

RSVP to Anthony DiManno

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress/Historic American Building Survey

Social Sketching: Columns & Coffee at the Summerhouse

Saturday, July 13th
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

West Front Lawn
U.S Capitol Building

Columns & Coffee is a monthly social sketching excursion led by the L’Enfants, the emerging architects branch of the ICAA-WMA. This month we will be sketching at the Summerhouse. Located in an area of the city known for monumental buildings and memorials, the Summerhouse is a small oasis of quiet and relaxation. This true hidden gem was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 1870s as a place to provide shade and water to Capitol visitors. Its red brick is a notable departure from other buildings on the Capitol Grounds and National Mall, but the material is used to great effect in its decorative niches and geometric patterns. Though often overlooked by the casual tourist, it still fulfills its original mission of providing fresh, filtered water to anyone passing by.

We will meet at the West Wing Café at D Street and New Jersey Avenue at 10:00am. We will be sketching for about 2.5-3 hours, but people are welcome to come and go as they please.

Cost: Free. RSVP is required.

RSVP to Anthony Dimanno

Photo Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol

Decatur House: Exclusive Tour and Reception

Tuesday, July 16th
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Decatur House
748 Jackson Place, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Join the ICAA for a members-only exclusive tour and reception of the historic Decatur House, the National Center for White House History, on Tuesday, July 16th at 6pm.   Franck & Lohsen architects was selected to renovate the first-floor foyer, 2 parlors, the back stairwell, and the 2nd floor landing. Their mission was to restore the historic structure while updating the space for receptions and meetings. Antique furnishings and artifacts from the house were retained while historic pieces were pulled from National Trust storage.  Modern reproductions were selected as infill which would hold up to their high use. Franck & Lohsen recently received a 2019 John Russell Pope Award in the Historic Preservation category for their work on this project.

Cost: Free by RSVP for Members Only

RSVP Here – Contact Jay Fazio for the password

Photograph by Bruce White / Copyright White House Historical Association 

Brushes and Brunch: An Introduction to Ink Wash Rendering

Saturday, August 10th
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Catholic University of America
School of Architecture + Planning
Crough Center for Architectural Studies
620 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20064

This course introduces the techniques of Beaux-Arts wash rendering. Students will begin by learning the basic skills needed to produce a traditional ink wash rendering of a classical elevation. They will then develop an understanding of the qualities and characteristics of light, shade, shadow, and reflected light, as well as a sensibility for how architectural geometries, forms, planes, and profiles modulate light and shade and subsequently render form apparent. This course is designed to increase students’ command of the formal possibilities of space, mass, form, and profile.

Participants will be creating their own renderings to take home! There will be light brunch bites and beverages provided, as well as all of the necessary materials for the rendering.

Non-members: $65
Members: $45
L’Enfants: $25
Students: FREE with valid Student ID   


Private Lunchtime Architectural Tour of the Islamic Center of Washington

Thursday, August 22nd

Islamic Center of Washington
2551 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington, DC. 20008


Join the ICAA for an exclusive inside lunchtime tour of the Islamic Center of Washington. Opened in 1957, the mosque was designed by Professor Mario Rossi, a noted Italian architect who built several mosques in Egypt. The diplomatic community played a leading role in the construction of the embassy. Egypt donated a bronze chandelier and sent specialists who decorated the walls and ceilings with Qur’anic verses.  The tiles came from Turkey along with the installers.  The Persian rugs came from Iran.

Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to our 11:30 start time.  Please note that proper attire should be worn.  Men should wear long pants, and women should wear pants or long skirts. A top that covers arms and shoulders and a scarf for a headcovering are required as well.   Attendees will need to remove their shoes prior to entering the mosque.

Non-members: $25
Members: $10
L’enfants: $5



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