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Architect's Notebook: One of My Favorite Things

By Stephen T. Ayers

The 11th Architect reveals his favorite and most important part of this organization: the spirit of AOC employees!

AOC employees exemplify One Team, One Mission.
May 13, 2015
As volunteers, the time commitment for AOC employees who mentor is not huge, but the impact they have on the students' lives certainly is.More »
May 24, 2011
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for the preservation and maintenance of the stone exterior of the U.S. Capitol as well as the exteriors of all of the other buildings on Capitol Hill. As the buildings have aged, the challenge of caring for their ornate stone facades has only increased.More »
Women are integral members of the Dome Restoration Project
March 8, 2017
The first female Chief Operating Officer for AOC reflects on the experiences that introduced her to extraordinary women and helped shape her management style.More »
AOC's John Lamberton, Assistant Supervisor, selects the proper copper pipe size for a job.
July 1, 2016
While the most frequent calls from building occupants are related to climate, being successful in this line of work is about more than overcoming hot and cold conditions.More »
Blue heron carved in stone at the focal point, the central fountain, in the perimeter wall surrounding Capitol Square.
March 15, 2017
Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers describes his love of birds and their role in the focal point of Capitol Square's perimeter wall.More »
May 17, 2012
Courses taught by AOC employees help communicate business culture and expectations, as well as important skills they can apply to future educational and occupational pursuits.More »
Cohen watches the recasting of missing pieces from the Grant Memorial at a foundry in Pennsylvania.
March 16, 2016
The Curator Division's commitment to building knowledge continues to thrive under new leadership.More »
AOC General Counsel Jason Baltimore standing next to a tour of people
February 4, 2013
Kristen Frederick, AOC congressional liaison, sits down with Jason Baltimore, AOC’s first African American general counsel, to discuss what brought him to the Architect of the Capitol and what opportunities lie ahead for him in his new role.More »
June 13, 2016
Millions of Americans volunteer every year, but few feel compelled to form their own organization. This doing good story is of an Architect of the Capitol employee who saw a problem in his community that had no solution, so he created one by starting his own non-profit.More »
March 29, 2016
Electrician Martin Blanchet volunteers with Heroes on the Water, which helps veterans relax and rehabilitate through kayak fishing.More »
March 24, 2014
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for the care and preservation of the artwork in the U.S. Capitol, but our role extends even further. AOC Curator Barbara Wolanin details her involvement in evaluating and advising on new statues and busts before they even enter the Capitol.More »
January 20, 2016
Volunteering at the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School is an experience that continues to enrich lives.More »
March 2, 2016
Architects, lawyers, archivists, curators, engineers, human resources specialists, gardeners, custodians, technicians, arborists, technology developers and more are represented by female employees of the Architect of the Capitol. More »
AOC Capitol Building jurisdiction employee proudly sporting their bump caps.
July 11, 2018
Read how this cool cap is keeping Capitol Building employees safer.More »
March 10, 2016
Tuning forks are frequently used by musicians to adjust their instruments. So why does AOC have one – and what makes it cool?More »

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