Past Events

The Roman Empire’s Effect upon the Development of Islamic Architecture in Spain.

Wednesday, October 24th
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Please join the Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter for its Fall Symposium at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.  The topic for discussion is the legacy of the Roman Empire’s building traditions on the development of Islamic architecture in Spain.

Professor Steven W. Semes, Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame will lead a panel discussion that will address why the teaching of cultural exchanges is an important facet in training contemporary architects.  Multicultural influences in Western architecture have been significant since Roman antiquity, when buildings responded to local traditions as well as to more universal patterns of Roman building practice.

Attendees of the lecture are eligible to receive 1.5 AIA approved Learning Units.

Cost: $30 for ICAA members, $50 for non-members, $10 for students, and free for all L’Enfant members.

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Beauty, Neuroscience & Architecture

Wednesday, November 7th
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The George Town Club
1530 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007

For centuries man has sought to express beauty in architecture and art. Today neuroscience is helping to determine how and why beauty plays such an important role in our lives. Donald H. Ruggles, architect, draws upon fifty plus years of experience in architecture to delve into the forces behind this transformative emotion. Founded on a series of lectures given over the past five years to enthusiastic audiences, his new book Beauty, Neuroscience, and Architecture postulates that beauty can and does make a difference in our lives including improving important aspects of our health.

Mr. Ruggles lecture will investigate the differences between the two continuous and inseparable streams of neurological inputs from the autonomic nervous system and their effects on our subconscious recognition of patterns in art and architecture.  He will demonstrate the importance of beauty related to our health and well-being with an emphasis on the positive opportunities available to architects, designers, and artist.

6:30 PM reception followed by 7:15 PM lecture.

Cost: $15 for L’Enfants, $25 for members, $30 for non-members

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Architectural Field Trip: Historic Annapolis

Saturday, November 10th
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Kimmel Studio Architects
619 Severn Avenue #202
Annapolis, MD 21403

This November, instead of hosting our normal Columns & Coffee, the L’Enfants are coordinating a very special field trip to Historic Annapolis. We will be taking tours of the Maryland State House (the oldest operating capitol building in the United States) and the US Naval Academy (including Bancroft Hall and the Main Chapel). In the afternoon, we will explore downtown Annapolis and some of its historic homes.

Participants should bring money for lunch and should expect a significant amount of walking. Additionally, the L’Enfants will be coordinating carpools, so please let us know if you need or are willing to provide a ride when you RSVP. Free parking is being graciously provided by Kimmel Studios Architects (619 Severn Ave #202, Annapolis, MD 21403), so please plan to arrive there no later than 9:30am.

Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 2nd at the latest. Space is limited to 12 people, so first come first served.

Cost: $12 for L’Enfants and Students, $25 for Members

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Image Courtesy of  the Library of Congress/Historic American Building Survey

Social Sketching: Columns & Coffee at the Willard InterContinental

Saturday, December 8th
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The Willard InterContinental
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

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 Willard InterContinental. Henry Willard founded the hotel in 1847, when he consolidated and enlarged six existing buildings on the site. Since that time, it has become one of the most famous hotels in Washington, DC, and a temporary residence for numerous presidents and vice presidents. The current Beaux-Arts building, designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, opened in 1901. Its guest rooms, hotel bar, and “Peacock Alley” have nearly become the definition of luxury. 

We will meet at Swing’s Coffee at 14th and G St NW for coffee at 10:00am. 

We will be sketching for about 2.5-3 hours, but people are welcome to come and go as they please.

Participants should be prepared to bring their own materials.

Cost: Free. RSVP is required

RSVP to Anthony Dimanno

Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress/Historic American Building Survey

Private Lunchtime Architectural Tour of the Historic Octagon House

Tuesday, December 11th
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

The Octagon House
1799 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Join the ICAA for an exclusive inside lunchtime tour of the Octagon House. Completed by 1800, the house was designed by Dr. William Thornton, the architect of the US Capitol.  Colonel John Tayloe, the owner of the house, also owned Mt. Airy Plantation in Richmond County, Virginia.   

Cost: $5 for L’Enfants, $10 for Members, and $25 for Non-Members

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Image Courtesy of Robert Tarasovich

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