AIA24: Housing & Community Design Touring Symposium: A Tale of Two Districts

When:  Jun 5, 2024 from 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM (ET)

Housing & Community Design Touring Symposium: A Tale of Two Districts

Washington, D.C.'s fast-developing North of Massachusetts Avenue (NoMA) neighborhood has witnessed a remarkable 37% increase in multifamily residential units over the past few years. In contrast, Northwest One—a neighborhood shaped by urban renewal and now a part of the District's New Communities Initiative—is displacing low-income residents.

This thought-provoking, full-day symposium and tour will examine NoMA's accomplishments, including recent or planned additions that will yield a 58% surge in residential stock. NoMA will serve as a jumping-off point for a discussion of the Northwest One redevelopment led by notable women-led architecture firms such as Chloethiel Woodward Smith, Hickok Cole, and Sorg Architects.


  1. Experience the ways in which historical context, socioeconomic factors, and policy initiatives can shape a neighborhood's housing stock and unique identity.
  2. Gain valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities faced by architects, urban planners, developers, residents, and community organizations in rejuvenating urban spaces. Discover what it takes to create quality affordable and safe housing in these settings.
  3. See first-hand the remarkable growth and impact of the NoMA development.