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National Building Museum participating in Museum Day Live!
September 19, 2015
The National Building Museum offers free admission to Museum Day Live ticket holders on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

The National Building Museum Welcomes Gary Haney, AIA, As Chair of Board of Trustees
September 17, 2015
On October 1, Gary Haney, AIA, RIBA, begins a three-year term as chair of the Board of Trustees at the National Building Museum. Haney served 9 years as a trustee, and has advanced efforts to raise the national profile of the Museum.

Spotlight On Rogers Partners
September 15, 2015
Robert M. Rogers, FAIA, partner at Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers and recent author of Learning Through Practice (ORO Editions, 2015), discusses the principal desires that guide his practice.

Big Build Returns this Saturday
September 14, 2015
Be a builder for the day at the free Big Build festival! Amateur builders young and old can discover what it’s like to be a professional designer, engineer, ironworker, architect, woodworker, and more.

Video Shoot Interrupted by Ghostly Spirit
September 10, 2015
While prepping for a filmed interview about the National Building Museum collection, a Museum staff member seemed to disappear into thin air. Hank Griffith, chief preparator, was being interviewed about the institution's collection of artifacts dating back to the historic building's origins, when he was suddenly interrupted by a terrifying, booming sound. The film crew observed Griffith exit the room to investigate when they heard a bloodcurdling shriek. Rosie Grant, digital marketing associate, and the rest of the crew ran to Griffith's aid only to see he’d disappeared.

D.C.'s BEACH to Make Waves with Art Competition
August 20, 2015
The National Building Museum is pleased to announce a partnership with the Dupont Underground to re-use materials from the Museum's blockbuster BEACH installation.

Curators Sarah Leavitt and Deborah Sorensen continue research and scholarship in the field
June 9, 2015
Sarah Leavitt, curator, has been accepted as a presenter at the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in October, 2015. Deborah Sorensen, assistant curator, was awarded a 2015-2016 Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities, funded by the Warren Skaaren Film Research Endowment.

AIA Firm Award Winner visits Museum
May 27, 2015
The work of Ehrlich Architects is guided by "multicultural modernism" - a humanistic approach that masterfully melds classic California Modernist styles with multicultural and vernacular design elements. Founding partner Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, will discuss the firm’s architectural evolution.

May 22, 2015
On May 27, the National Building Museum will present the 2015 Honor Award to Judith Rodin and The Rockefeller Foundation, STUDIOS Architecture, and Capital Bikeshare to celebrate their commitment to the ongoing vitality and adaptation of our cities. The Museum has selected the theme of Game Changers, recognizing the profound contributions by our honorees and their work in inspiring the public to rethink what it means to be a part of an enduring and vital cityscape.

Free Admission for Active Duty Military Personnel and their Families, Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015
May 20, 2015
The National Building Museum offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015.

May 8, 2015
The National Building Museum will once again create a one-of-a-kind destination for visitors when it unveils an interactive architectural installation that brings the quintessential summer experience of going to the beach to downtown Washington, D.C. Spanning across the majestic Great Hall, the Museum commissioned Snarkitecture to design the BEACH, which will cover 10,000 square feet and include an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. The BEACH will be open July 4, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.

Urban Landscape Design
April 30, 2015
From institutional and civic projects, plazas and gardens, and to master plans, Mikyoung Kim Landscape Architects "finds fresh solutions that help to define the character of the urban landscape” across a variety of scales. Kim discusses projects like the Crown Sky Garden in Chicago, the Project Ripple Garden in Miami, and the ChongGae River Canal Restoration Project in Seoul.

Teens Take Over Petworth Community Market
April 23, 2015
Spring Design Apprenticeship Program participants worked with the Petworth Community Market to strengthen the Market’s connection to its surrounding neighborhood. Teen design teams addressed myriad issues for their client, including market visibility, overall visitor flow, and aesthetic cohesiveness.

National Building Museum wins IKEA Life Improvement Challenge
April 7, 2015
The National Building Museum was announced a winner of IKEA’s Life Improvement Challenge, which gives charities and institutions nationwide the materials to update and upgrade their infrastructure. The prize enables the Museum to give a makeover to its education studios and classrooms, and provide youth program participants the opportunity to design and execute the upgrade themselves.

Airport Exhibition Features Artwork of National Building Museum Teens
April 2, 2015
A new exhibition at Reagan National Airport’s Gallery Walk features photography by participants from the National Building Museum’s teen program Investigating Where We Live. Titled Creating Across the City: A Teen Art Showcase, the exhibition will be on view through June 14, 2015.


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