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2018 Design + Leadership Gala

October 12, 2018
6:30 PM EDT - 9:30 PM EDT
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The Hotel at the University of Maryland
7777 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20740
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Don't miss the AIA Potomac Valley Chapter’s signature event of the year, highly anticipated as an opportunity for architects to network with professional peers and celebrate the best work of our members and our region. Tickets and tables are on sale below - buy yours now!


Keynote Speaker

Carl Elefante, FAIA | 2018 AIA President and Principal at Quinn Evans Architects

Carl Elefante, FAIA
Principal of Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, D.C., with a focus on sustainability. Carl has previously served as the regional director of the Institute’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Council, and president of AIA Maryland and AIA Potomac Valley. He has a B.Arch. from the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. 

Visit our Facebook page to view photos from Celebrate Design 2017.


6:30 – 7:30pm
Opening Cocktail Reception + Networking
Poster Exhibition of Winning Projects / Slideshow of all Project entries
Napkin Sketch Contest

7:30 – 9:30pm 
Seated Multi-course Dinner
Presentation of Emerging Leader Award
IA Potomac Valley Legacy of Leadership
Presentation of the AIA Potomac Valley 2018 Excellence in Design Awards
Featured Speaker Carl Elefante, FAIA, AIA President

Attire:  Business Formal


Experience The Hotel at The University of Maryland in College Park, one of the most exciting new venues in the region. Parking is available at The Hotel Garage. The Hotel is located less than one mile from the College Park Metro station, which is on Metro’s Green Line.


LIVE. WORK. PLAY. What would be your favorite place to stay?
Voting for AIA Potomac Valley project entries closes October 10

We invite you to vote for your favorite project submitted to AIA Potomac Valley’s 2018 Excellence in Design Awards. Categories of projects include institutional, commercial, residential, renovations, interior and unbuilt architecture, as well as urban design and master planning. Only one vote across all categories is permitted. The projects receiving the highest number of votes – one Residential and one Non-Residential – will receive a People’s Choice Award in the form of a certificate. All Winners (Professional program and People's Choice) will be announced at the 2018 DESIGN + LEADERSHIP GALA gala on October 12.

Visit the 2018 AIAPV Design Award Entries Gallery and vote now!

   AIAPV members earn 2 points!

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$125.00 General Admission - AIAPV Member

$45.00 General Admission - AIAPV Associate or Young Architect (10 years or less)

$1,500.00 AIAPV Member Reserved Table for 10 - (Includes Table Signage & Sponsor Recognition) Limited Availability!

$125.00 General Admission - Guest

$45.00 General Admission - Other AIA Chapter Associate / Young Architect (10 years or less) / Student

$1,500.00 Guest Reserved Table for 10 - (Includes Table Signage & Sponsor Recognition) Limited Availability!



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