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.

Upcoming Webinar – Open Data?! What it is and how can designers use it – 5/24/16

Organized by the OAC. On 5/24/16. There are many resources out there that can help community designers accomplish their goal of reaching more marginalized communities. However, we don’t often learn how to take advantage of all that’s available. In this webinar we will discuss open data, and how designers might be able to use it for our advocacy initiatives and learning the needs of our cities. Read this resource

Events Committee meeting! Wednesday Feb 17

Hello all!

We hope that you will attend our kick-off Events Committee meeting! We’re going to brainstorm for our big international launch event in April, plan a happy hour for Garrett (our executive director) while he is in town from San Francisco on March 21st, and talk about other fun volunteer things…over beer and tacos of course! This is an open meeting, feel free to bring friends who would like to take part.

Where: Taqueria Nacional,1409 T St NW (near the U Street metro)
When: Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016 – 6:30-8:00pm

Please RSVP to

>>> Member Perk: AFHDC members get a discount on the upcoming Structures for Inclusion Conference in Raleigh, NC this March see here!