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The American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects a long-time supporter of the National Building Museum's programs and exhibitions.

AIA sponsorship supports the following programs and exhibitions at the National Building Museum:


Spotlight on Design

Spotlight on Design is an ongoing lecture series featuring architects and designers of distinction from around the world. Since its inception in 1997, the series has presented many of the world's premier design voices in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design.
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Zaha Hadid Laboratory

August 17, 2002 - November 17, 2002

This exhibition presents recent and current projects conveying the inventive spirit that pervades the work of Zaha Hadid.
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Windshield: Richard Neutra’s House for the John Nicholas Brown Family

May 25, 2002 - August 18, 2002

Richard Neutra’s House for the John Nicholas Brown Family.
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Windows on Work: Richard Neutra’s House for the John Nicholas Brown Family

April 16, 2002 - August 11, 2002

Building America from the Collections of the Washington Print Club.
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Washington: Symbol and City

October 9, 2004 - January 1, 2013

Washington: Symbol and City explores how the capital expresses the tension between the demands of a working seat of government and the desire for a national symbol.
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Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière

March 19, 2011 - January 2, 2012

Meière designed some of the most memorable murals and mosaics of the Art Deco period, including ornamentation for Radio City Music Hall. The exhibition features sketches, painted studies, and scale models that bring her creative process to life.
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Up, Down, Across: Elevators, Escalators, and Moving Sidewalks

September 12, 2003 - April 18, 2004

Elevators, escalators, and moving sidewalks have radically transformed our buildings, our cities, and our lives. Viewed in their historical and design contexts — as mechanical systems, as the inspiration for new architectural forms, and through their presentation in film — these devices become objects of fascination and vehicles for discovery.
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Unbuilt Washington

November 19, 2011 - May 28, 2012

Unbuilt Washington features unrealized proposals for noteworthy architectural and urban design projects in Washington, D.C., and its environs from the 1790s to the present.
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U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 Finalists: A Special Presentation

May 1, 2010 - July 25, 2010

The Museum and the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon reveal conceptual designs for twenty collegiate teams selected to appear in the 2011 competition.
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Twin Towers Remembered: A Selection of Camilo José Vergara’s Photographs

November 10, 2001 - March 10, 2002

A Selection of Camilo José Vergara’s photographs.
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Tools of the Imagination

March 5, 2005 - October 10, 2005

The exhibition Tools of the Imagination peeks inside the world of design to reveal how architects have produced the drawings, models, renderings, and now, animations, which show us the promise of what might be built.
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Tools As Art: The Hechinger Collection--Instruments of Change

January 1, 2004 - February 9, 2004

Through more than sixty sculptures, paintings, photographs, crafts, prints, and drawings, Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection - Instruments of Change traces the use of tools as a hallmark of civilization and a source of artistic creativity.
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Timber City

September 17, 2016 - September 10, 2017

Discover the wide range of benefits offered by cutting-edge methods of timber construction, including surprising strength, fire resistance, sustainability, and beauty.
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The Turner City Collection: Rendering a Century of Building

April 22, 2002 - November 3, 2002

This exhibition features nine "Turner Cities" --composite drawings showing all of the structures built by Turner Construction Company in a given year -- along with examples of construction photographs representing noteworthy structures from the selected drawings.
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The Places We Live

September 18, 2009 - November 15, 2009

In a multimedia installation, visitors are admitted into the homes of 20 different families in four slums from around the world: Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya; Dharavi in Mumbai India; several barrios within Caracas, Venezuela; and the kampongs of Jakarta, Indonesia and are compelled to consider what it means to live in a city in the 21st century.
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The New American Garden

October 17, 2015 - May 1, 2016

Oehme, van Sweden & Associates revolutionized landscape architecture with the New American Garden. The firm’s designs were lushly planted with ornamental grasses and perennials—relatively low-maintenance, tapestry-like landscapes created to be viewed in all four seasons.
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The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin

November 5, 2016 - April 16, 2017

Landscape architect Lawrence Halprin’s revolutionary work was set apart by strong, expressive forms that evoked the structures and processes of nature, often with terracing enlivened by flowing water.
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The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley

February 8, 2014 - May 18, 2014

Dan Kiley was one of the most important and influential Modernist landscape architects of the 20th century. This traveling photographic exhibition features vibrant photographs, which chronicle a selection of significant public and private commissions from Kiley’s more than 1,000 projects worldwide.
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The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design

May 20, 2006 - June 24, 2007

The first major exhibition to explore the entire field of green residential design.
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The BIG Maze

July 4, 2014 - September 1, 2014

This summer, the National Building Museum, in partnership with BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, will create a never-before-seen large-scale maze for the Museum’s historic home.
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July 4, 2015 - September 7, 2015

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 translucent plastic balls. The BEACH will be open July 4, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.
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