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March 5, 2015
On May 27, 2015, The National Building Museum will honor The Rockefeller Foundation, STUDIOS Architecture, and Capital Bikeshare at its annual Gala, recognizing their innovative work to strengthen the resilience and vitality of our cities. The event, held in the Museum’s historic Great Hall, will be emceed by Paula Poundstone, comedian from NPR's "Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me," and welcome civic leaders as well as business leaders in construction, architecture, development, and engineering, among others.

March 4, 2015
Beginning March 21, the National Building Museum will present an unprecedented series of photographs by Colin Winterbottom documenting the impact of the August 23, 2011 earthquake on two of the nation’s most recognizable architectural icons—the Washington Monument and the Washington National Cathedral—and the subsequent restoration process.

Beatrix Farrand
March 3, 2015
For the Portraits in Design lecture series, we profile Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959), one of America’s finest landscape garden designers.

March 3, 2015
The National Building Museum and VisitDenmark are offering a lucky prize winner the opportunity to see Danish design in person, with a five day trip to Copenhagen.

Women of Architecture: Sharon Davis
March 3, 2015
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.

Sharon Davis discusses empowering designs
February 25, 2015
Can design spur social justice? Economic empowerment? Education? Sharon Davis, principal, Sharon Davis Design, discusses her firm's social-justice-oriented projects, like the Women's Opportunity Center in Rwanda (completed June 2013) that exemplify her firm's mission to use design principles to address "Needs Beyond Architecture."

Tourism and the City: A Conversation with Taleb Rifai and the UNWTO
February 24, 2015
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.

Resilience in Action
February 11, 2015
Panelists discuss creative ways that communities around the country are working with nature to increase their resilience to natural disasters.

Hear ye, Hear ye: Ultimate Megafort on February XI
February 3, 2015
On the eventide of February XI, in the year of our lord MMXV, the Ultimate Megafort returns to ye olde National Building Museum. Merry bands of warriors are invited to build forts from board-of-card and put their skills to the test in the Great Battle of Foam Balles. Last year's inaugural melee sold out in mere minutes; teams are entreated to secure their places in this festival anon. Chain mail and helms encouraged.

Visitor Guide: Plan Your Journey from HOT TO COLD
January 28, 2015
National Building Museum public programs coordinator Aliya Reich offers a recommended path for visiting HOT TO COLD, and exhibition of global design firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

December 9, 2014
On the heels of its summer blockbuster indoor maze, which attracted more than 50,000 visitors, the international design firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) returns to the National Building Museum this January with a behind-the-scenes look at its creative process.

Penn State's Architectural Engineering Department honored
November 20, 2014
The National Building Museum will present the 2014 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction to The Architectural Engineering Department of the Pennsylvania State University, where students, professors, industry professionals, and city officials are coming together in a broad range of collaborative efforts that will lead to efficiencies in the construction process and encourage energy-efficient building solutions.

National Building Museum bestows President’s Award and Chair’s Award
November 19, 2014
Last evening, the National Building Museum bestowed its annual President’s Award and Chair’s Award to C. Ford Peatross and A. Eugene Kohn, respectively. The awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Museum, advancing its mission and legacy. The awards were given during the Museum’s annual members’ holiday gathering in the Great Hall.

A glimpse into a private collection
November 12, 2014
Opening on Saturday, November 8, The Architectural Image, 1920-1950: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private Collection showcases 70 prints, original drawings, and paintings from the period, all drawn from a single private collection in Washington, D.C.

Charlie Rose to accept Vincent Scully Prize next week
November 11, 2014
The National Building Museum will present the 2014 Vincent Scully Prize to Charlie Rose, anchor and executive editor of Charlie Rose and co-anchor of CBS This Morning, for exploring the value of good design, the growth of cities, and the shape of the urban form through his insightful and substantive conversations with leading thinkers of our day.


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