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    Washington Celebrates Architecture

    by Hannah McCann

    "There are more important buildings in the nation's capital than you know. There is more innovation than you can imagine." With these words, the Washington D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects welcomed both public and professionals to its third annual of celebration "Architecture Week" this fall.

    Although most of the events were postponed because of the disasters in Washington, New York, and Pennsylvania, the celebration concluded recently as an affirmation of local architecture.

    These events included walking tours of modern Georgetown and a new urban housing development, a lecture by New York architect Dennis Wedlick, AIA, seminars for potential clients on how to work with an architect, and more.

    And the Winners Are...

    A highlight of the series of events was the announcement of the annual Chapter Awards recognizing excellence in architecture, interior architecture, and historic resources. From a pool of 206 jury-reviewed entries, the top honors went to:

    William McDonough + Partners for Nike European Headquarters in Hilversum, The Netherlands. This is "a model for the future," according to the jury, a corporate campus that promotes physical, social, and cultural health for its employees and the surrounding community. Certain design elements, including distinctive light-colored brick, are borrowed from a nearby 1928 Olympic grandstand. A running track encircles the complex, which in turn encircles a common green. In the winter, the green can be flooded to create a skating rink. Since moving to its new headquarters, Nike reports that employee absenteeism has greatly declined.



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    The Nike European Headquarters in Hilversum, The Netherlands by William McDonough + Partners.
    Photo: Daria Scagliola/ Stijn Brakkee

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    The Nike corporate campus promotes health for its employees and the surrounding community.
    Photo: Daria Scagliola/ Stijn Brakkee


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