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The AIA Headquarters Renewal: Advocating for a Healthy Built Environment

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A major transformation is underway at the American Institute of Architects’ national headquarters in Washington, DC. Scheduled to open in late 2024, the new headquarters will be a physical manifestation of the Institute’s values, demonstrating the power of design to advocate for a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment. This session will explore the major renovation of a 1973 Brutalist building into a place of high performance and high impact—an engaging and inclusive new campus that reflects the diversity of the profession and a reimagined workplace landscape that enhances collaboration, ideation, belonging, and wellness.

Course expires 06/05/2026

Learning Objectives


Demonstrate a cost-effective path for achieving the AIA 2030 Commitment target with a fully decarbonized and climate-neutral major building renovation, one of the first of its kind in the United States.


Explore how the Institute is pivoting toward a new workplace destination and culture designed around collaboration, ideation, belonging, and wellness.           


Investigate approaches to transforming existing Brutalist buildings into welcoming places of high performance, sensory experiences, and innovation.


Learn how the new headquarters will become a physical resource and meaningful destination for AIA members; a new community hub; and place to share, inspire, and explore the power of design to create positive impact.