Capital Curiosities

The District of Columbia and surrounding region is a bubble of curiosities. With this juried photography exhibition, we asked professional, non-professional, and student photographers to rediscover the city’s past and present with an inquisitive eye, seeking out the majestic, surprising, and unfamiliar for their submissions. We encouraged them to stimulate the imagination and paint pictures on the wonders of architecture in the National Capital Region.

Of the 93 submissions, juror Austin Graff selected 21 photographs for exhibition, judging them without knowing any information about the photographers. Graff also identified Best in Show, Runner Up, and Honorable Mention photographs. These are indicated in the exhibition and will be featured in the fall edition of ArchitectureDC, AIA|DC’s quarterly magazine.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest and congrats to the photographers featured in the show: Perla Antoniak; Mila Baler; Douglas Davies; Kendall Dorman; Laura Fleischer; Jeremy Limerick; Kayla Mahood; Mark Edward Mentzer; Donna Merz; David Metzger, FAIA, FCSI; Roland Michelman; Frank Mobilio, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Manuel Javier Sanchez; Kenneth M. Wyner; Marwane Zouaidi


Juror Austin Graff

Austin Graff is a social media consultant, writer, travel guide and founder of Curiosity & Connection, a consultancy based in Washington, DC. Graff is currently a contributing writer with The Washington Post, the Post’s By The Way local guide to Washington, D.C., and one of the co-leaders of IGDC, the city’s first Instagram community. Previously, Austin led social media and influencer marketing for International Justice Mission, the world’s largest anti-trafficking organization, and Honest Tea, America’s #1 organic iced tea company. After growing up in Tatarstan and Germany, Austin proudly lives in Southeast DC with his wife, daughter, and housemate.

Exhibition Credits

Capital Curiosities is organized by AIA|DC for the Suman Sorg Gallery.

Executive Director Mary Fitch, AICP, Hon. AIA

Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs Scott Clowney, Assoc. AIA

Art Handler Hank Griffith

Supported by Sustaining Firm Affiliate Members

Print Production BluEdge