AIA headquarters renderings

Proposed facade of renovated AIA Headquarters

Rendering of the facade of the AIA Headquarters in Washigton, D.C. showing the proposed changes to the courtyard and modifications to the building's exterior as part of the renewal project.


Exterior view/courtyard

Lobby and courtyard

A view from the top of the stairs looking into the lobby and courtyard areas.

Stairs leading from the first floor down to the lower level.

Renovated lobby space.

Third floor

Open, public spaces on the third floor.

The third floor will have a mixture of open and private office spaces.

Lower level

The lower level of the building will serve a variety of purposes.

The lower level will have assorted seating and gathering zones.

The lower level will feature comfortable spaces for large and small groups to gather.

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Proposed facade of renovated AIA Headquarters


Exterior view of AIA headquarters




Lobby renovation for American Institute of Architects






The lower level will have assorted seating and gathering zones.


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Building renewal FAQs

This is the first renovation since AIA headquarters was dedicated in 1973. Although functional, most of the building’s major systems are original. In addition, single-pane windows and lack of exterior wall insulation make the building inefficient. Renovating 1735 New York Avenue provides an opportunity for AIA to demonstrate the power of positive design solutions.

Art, history, and religion

Brutalism and the AIA’s headquarters

Brutalism is an architectural style characterized by rigid geometry, heavy massing, and its chief material, poured concrete. It is an expression of Modern architecture in the 20th century that privileges function and form equally, and Brutalism has also become an expression—or perhaps a symptom—of post-World War II urban renewal in England, France, Belgium, Japan, and the United States. As a term, it was coined by the architects Alison and Peter Smithson as what they called a design "ethic" (rather than an aesthetic) to functional and inexpensive housing in the 1950s, but it was popularized by the architecture critic Reyner Banham as "New Brutalism." Semantics aside, Banham identified three characteristics of what he saw as an architectural movement: a clearly articulated structure, a preference for raw and unfinished concrete with evidence of its wooden formwork, and a memorable and recognizable overall form of the building. The name Brutalism, itself, is an anglicization of béton brut, or raw concrete, used by Le Corbusier to describe his own 1952 apartment project Unité d'Habitation in Marseilles, France.