National Treasures Design Competition – Registration now open!

The Open Architecture Collaborative – Washington DC : Resilience by Design Committee is pleased to present the National Treasures Design Competition (NTDC) to promote mitigation in National Capital Region.

NTDC is an open design competition aimed at developing proactive mitigation strategies for low-lying waterfront areas of the National Mall. Participating teams are encouraged to be multidisciplinary with members from architecture, landscape design and/or engineering disciplines.  Project proposals are intended to be creative and visionary. The competition will culminate in a reception where innovative ideas will be shared, discussed, and evaluated with a diverse group of stakeholders, city representatives, and design professionals.

See more on the competition website here.

Open Architecture DC Happy Hour

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Open Architecture DC Happy Hour

Open Architecture DC is hosting its summer event! Join us for a mix and mingle happy hour where you can learn about the Open Architecture initiative, share your design ideas for a more resilient DC, meet like-minded creatives, and maybe even walk away with a raffle prize.
Come find out what Open Architecture is all about! Design enthusiasts, building industry professionals, curious creatives, and community members are encouraged to attend. The event is open to all.
Admission is FREE and registration in advance is recommended.


Monday, June 27, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Blackfinn Ameripub – DC – 1620 I Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006

Updated Mailing List

A quick housekeeping item, we have been working with the Open Architecture Collaborative to reconcile our mailing lists so you can receive information about the whole organization and the Chapter you have signed up with. We have completed the mailing list merge and you may have notice this is a new mailer platform. This is all in effort to improve our communications and become a more integrated single organization. We hope for the transition to be smooth and we appreciate your patience.

Upcoming Lecture: Resiliency & Urban Waterfronts – June 6 @ 6:30pm DAC

Date: Monday, June 6, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: District Architecture Center, 421 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Credits: 1.0 HSW|LU
Registration required


Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, 9/11, the 2011 DC Earthquake. These are just a few of the natural and manmade disasters that have tested our nation’s resiliency. As these events increase in frequency, design professionals have an important opportunity to better shape our cities to ensure their longevity.

This lecture kicks off a series of resiliency lectures organized by Open Architecture Washington DC (OADC). COTEdc is pleased to partner with OADC to feature Katharine Burgess, Director of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Resilience Program, and Lisa Craig, the Chief of Historic Preservation for the City of Annapolis during this inaugural program. By using a national perspective, Burgess will highlight the approaches other urban waterfront cities are taking to advance resilience in the built environment. Craig will present an award-winning local case study, the City of Annapolis’s Weather it Together: Protecting our Historic Seaport program.

Open Architecture Washington DC (OADC) was created in response to the 2004 Tsunami as a part of a global chapter of a diverse volunteer base working to improve and help communities through socially responsible and sustainable design. Resilience by Design is an initiative within OADC to pursue the integration of design professionals within the DC metro area’s disaster response framework. The initiative encompasses all phases of disaster response and seeks to educate and inspire the design professional.

Organized by: COTEdc and Open Architecture Washington DC

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

1. Communicate the importance of resilient design to clients, project teams, and members of the community;

2. Provide insights for design professionals to prioritize their own research related to resilience based on their region, client types, and community;

3. Cite examples of how communities outside of the Washington metropolitan area deal with the challenges of resiliency and how some of these techniques could be applied to this area; and

4. List qualities of a “resilient” building or community.