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Change in Focus
We talked to five teens from Investigating Where We Live and asked how their own perceptions of Washington, D.C. have changed since the program began in early July, 2016.
August 2, 2016
Women of Architecture: Sharon Davis
In connection to Women's History Month and the Women of Architecture lecture series, we interviewed Sharon Davis, founder and principal of Sharon Davis Design.
March 3, 2015
Beatrix Farrand
For the Portraits in Design lecture series, we profile Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959), one of America’s finest landscape garden designers.
March 3, 2015
Tourism and the City: A Conversation with Taleb Rifai and the UNWTO
National Building Museum and Metropolis Magazine Contributor Andrew Caruso sat down with Taleb Rifai, architect and UNWTO Secretary-General to discuss the organization’s keen interest in cities.
February 24, 2015
The Architectural Image: The Collector's View
The National Building Museum opens a new exhibition titled The Architectural Image, 1920–1950: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private Collection. The person behind that collection is David M. Schwarz, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based firm David M. Schwarz Architects, which has a large portfolio of projects across the country. National Building Museum Online interviewed Mr. Schwarz about his collection and its relationship to his professional work.
November 4, 2014
Building Bytes
We're getting ready for next week's How Housing Matters conference, and I've been preparing by reading about all things housing. Here are some highlights in a new series we're calling "Building Bytes."
October 7, 2014
Eight Hours of Design
The Interschool Student Design Competition (ISDC) is a unique event that brings together teams of students from the area's six collegiate architecture programs to participate in a day-long design competition held in the Museum's Great Hall.
October 7, 2014
A Brief History of Mazes
What exactly is a maze? What have mazes been used for throughout history? How have mazes been used in pop culture? Brush up on your maze trivia before visiting the BIG Maze, a large-scale maze in the Museum's Great Hall.
July 1, 2014
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien: Design Process and Practice
Tod Williams, FAIA, and Billie Tsien, FAIA, founders of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, which received the AIA Architecture Firm Award for 2013 speak at the National Building Museum as part of the Spotlight on Design lecture series on July 24. In anticipation of that event, senior curator Martin Moeller recently interviewed the pair via email.
July 1, 2014
SHoP Talk
The National Building Museum's vice president for education discusses SHoP Architect's recent projects and design philosophy.
June 3, 2014


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