This Event is Currently on Hold. We will update the status in the coming weeks. It is likely that it will be postponed to a later date. Join us on May 21 for a Special Lecture by Stephen Ayers, 11th Architect of the Capitol


Cincinnati Preservation Association, AIA Cincinnati’s Vision Leadership Program and the Cincinnati Art Museum are pleased to jointly present a lecture by Stephen T. Ayers, the former Architect of the Capitol. This event is free but Registration is required. To Register for the May 21 event Click this link. Doors open at 5:30 PM with the lecture beginning at 6:00 PM at the Cincinnati Art Museum Fath Auditorium.

Vision Keynote: The U.S. Capitol – A 30,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

The Architect of the Capitol recently led a complete restoration of the cast iron dome of the U.S. Capitol Building.  In this session, Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA and the 11th Architect of the Capitol will present a comprehensive overview of the project with stunning images and fun stories.  He will explore the politics of public projects on Capitol Hill and review how to drive public engagement on projects. He will also review the planning and research that went into determining the best repair techniques for 150-year-old cast iron.  An overview of the environmental issues, the more than a million pounds of unique scaffolding and the historical paint analysis are also included.

Under Mr. Ayers’ leadership, the Architect of the Capitol oversaw the restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome, restoring it to its original splendor. He also led the restoration of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, a campus-wide effort to restore and repair deteriorating stone façades, and launched the renewal of the Cannon House Office Building, a century-old building that is plagued with serious deficiencies.

Architects should see the AIA Cincinnati site for information about CEU’s for this event



Speaker: Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA

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In 2010, The Honorable Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA was appointed by the President of the United States to serve as Architect of the Capitol. He was responsible for the U.S. Capitol Building, more than 570 acres of grounds, and 18.6 million square feet of buildings. He oversaw approximately 2,300 employees and an annual budget of $730 million.

Mr. Ayers served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences, the Construction Management Association of America and the Construction Users Roundtable.

Mr. Ayers is a licensed architect in California and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland and earned his Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Design by the Boston Architectural College in recognition of his service as a champion of historic preservation, great public design and sustainability.

The University of Maryland presented Mr. Ayers with their Distinguished Alumni Award and the Sigma Delta Tau Silver Medal. He is also the recipient of the Carroll H. Dunn Award and the Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.

About AIA Cincinnati

Since 1870, the American Institute of Architects Cincinnati Chapter has been dedicated to driving positive change through the power of design. In honor of its 150th anniversary (sesquicentennial), AIA Cincinnati is hosting a series of public workshops, lectures, exhibits, tours, programs, and collaborations throughout 2020 to serve our members and elevate the community conversation around architecture and design. Explore our journey from 1870 to 2020 and beyond below.

Diverse Members Work to Promote & Forward the Profession

Today, AIA Cincinnati members represent large and small firms and sole practitioners working in residential, retail, hospitality, healthcare, education, government, cultural institutions, sports, industry, and every other sector of the field. Cincinnati architects continue to work locally, but they are also leading projects across the country, as well as in Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia.

About the Cincinnati Art Museum

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The Cincinnati Art Museum is supported by the generosity of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Cincinnati Art Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Cincinnati Art Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the City of Cincinnati, as well as our members.

Free general admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is made possible by a gift from the Rosenthal Family Foundation. 

Special exhibition pricing may vary. Parking at the Cincinnati Art Museum is free. The museum is open Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and Thursday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.,

Event Details


Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA and the 11th Architect of the Capitol


Registration & Networking: 5:30 p.m.
Discussion & Q&A: 6:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.


The Event is free but registration is required. To register Click this link.

For non AIA members seeking an LU/HSW certificate there is a $25 fee.