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National Architecture Week #archweek13

Nationwide, architects are creating a variety of places for us to live, work, and play in our communities—from your local church to hospitals to schools, homes, offices, stores, and more. All are created with a passion for the architecture profession and a strong commitment to public safety.

National Architecture Week, observed every second week of April, is an awareness program focused on celebrating architects and their achievements and the impact of architecture on our daily lives. This year’s observance was April 7–13.

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Meet an Architect
Throughout National Architecture Week, we featured many of the architects who’ve shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession in their careers. Meet a few of them here.


Jennifer A. Workman, AIA

For eight years architecture firm Good Fulton & Farrell has given Jennifer every chance to make what she wanted out of her career through exciting projects and, most important, its support of her professional service with the AIA.<br><br><strong><a href=' ' target='_blank'>Read Jennifer&rsquo;s profile</a></strong>

John Dwyer, AIA

John&rsquo;s design work, civic responsibility, and advocacy roles show him to be an exemplary public servant and architect. As evidenced by his efforts in restoring New Orleans's Ninth Ward, he strives to incorporate humanitarian architecture in community advocacy and teaching.<br><br><strong><a href='' target='_blank'>Read John&rsquo;s profile</a></strong>

Derwin Broughton, AIA

Derwin is passionate about architecture, and he takes great pride and ownership in addressing the needs of emerging professionals as well as minorities and underrepresented groups. He has a great understanding of what it means to be a community leader and practicing architect.<br><br><strong><a href='' target='_blank'>Read Derwin&rsquo;s profile</a></strong>

Alissa D. Luepke Pier, AIA

Dedicated and service oriented, with seemingly limitless amounts of energy, Alissa brings the practice of professional architecture to life and relevance in communities. She is a great example of the citizen-architect.<br><br><strong><a href='' target='_blank'>Read Alissa&rsquo;s profile</a></strong>

Eric Reid Hoffman, AIA

Eric has a passionate commitment to his community and to teaching and mentorship. His high professional aspirations are clearly demonstrated through his work. He is consistently engaged in signature projects that test the leading edge of architecture, design, sustainability, systems integration, and building technology.<br><br><strong><a href='' target='_blank'>Read Eric&rsquo;s profile</a></strong>

Deepika Padam, AIA

Deepika is passionate about working with young architects to tell their stories of design and service to the AIA and their communities. Another of her passions is advocating for sustainable design.<br><br><strong><a href='' target='_blank'>Read Deepika&rsquo;s profile</a></strong>

Lucas Tryggestad, AIA

Lucas&rsquo;s ability to effectively manage large projects, combined with his active academic and community involvement, reveals his commitment and value to the profession. As an associate director and studio head for the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, he has led projects all over the world.<br><br><strong><a href='' target='_blank'>Read Lucas&rsquo;s profile</a></strong>

Matt Dumich, AIA

Matt is known for his devotion to his clients, incredible attention to detail, and the ability to execute the most complex projects.<br><br><strong><a href=' ' target='_blank'>Read Matt&rsquo;s profile</a></strong>

Rachel Minnery, AIA

Rachel&rsquo;s commitment to architecture in service to society is plainly evident in the extraordinary leadership she has shown in disaster response and pro-bono design.<br><br><strong><a href='' target='_blank'>Read Rachel&rsquo;s profile</a></strong>

Andrew Caruso, AIA

A passionate believer that design can enhance world communities, Andrew takes seriously the importance of an informed, diverse, and spirited design dialogue.<br><br><strong><a href=' ' target='_blank'>Read Andrew&rsquo;s profile</a></strong>

Susannah Drake, AIA

Susannah&rsquo;s expertise in architecture and landscape architecture has informed her design of buildings and their surroundings. Design of ecological solutions to aging infrastructure and buildings is at the heart of her practice.<br><br><strong><a href='' target='_blank'>Read Susannah&rsquo;s profile</a></strong>


In honor of its 150th anniversary, the American Institute of Architects launched National Architecture Week in 2007. President George W. Bush proclaimed the nation’s first National Architecture Week and noted, “Across our nation, architects help design buildings and communities that are a source of pride and inspiration for all Americans.” It is observed annually every second week of April around the birthday of Thomas Jefferson (April 12), the nation’s only architect-president.

The mission of National Architecture Week is to involve members of the public in engaging experiences that draw attention to architects and their accomplishments of architects and how architecture has such a profound impact on our daily lives.

Future Dates

  • 2014 April 6–12
  • 2015 April 12–18
  • 2016 April 10–16
  • 2017 April 9–15

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