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Architecture 101

Architecture 101 is a lecture series that provides a broader understanding of architectural styles and movements. These programs explore significant periods in architectural history, serving as a refresher course for the professional or student or providing the novice with a chance to learn more about the world of architecture.
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BIG Maze Tours

Curious about this summer's BIG Maze? Come get a sneak preview during construction to find out about the maze's unique design concept and its production process before it opens to the public.
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Building in the 21st Century

The Building in the 21st Century lecture series offers noontime lectures, periodically throughout the year, addressing sustainable design and energy-efficient building technologies and construction techniques.
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Building Tours

National Building Museum's Building Tours offer a behind-the-scenes look at many of Washington's fascinating building projects—from bridges and embassies to museums and condominiums.
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Construction Watch Tours

Tour the area's newest buildings—before they are completed!
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D.C. Builds

The National Building Museum celebrates its connection to Washington through the D.C. Builds lecture series, which explores current architectural, planning, and public policy issues affecting the District of Columbia and its surrounding metropolitan region.
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Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

The National Building Museum proudly partners with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital to show films related to both the natural and built environment.
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Film Series: Small Stories on Screen

The National Building Museum is proud to partner with the American Film Institute (AFI) Silver Theatre and Cultural Center to present a film series that celebrates the historical eras, architectural forms, and imaginary scenarios represented by the spectacular dollhouses included in the Museum’s Small Stories exhibition.
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L'Enfant Lecture on City Planning and Design

The National Building Museum and the American Planning Association (APA) established the annual L'Enfant Lecture on City Planning and Design to draw attention to critical issues in city and regional planning in the United States. The lecture features leading figures in planning, architecture, urban design, governance, and other fields. The lecture series is named for Pierre Charles L’Enfant, who created the acclaimed plan for Washington, D.C.
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Portraits in Design

Portraits in Design takes a biographical look at the iconic designers whose past work has had a lasting impact on our contemporary built world. The series delves into the life stories of important architects, landscape architects, and planners to better understand how their personal lives had an influence on their professional careers.
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Smart Growth

The Smart Growth speaker series, noon-time program, hosts speakers ten times per year. The goal of the series is to promote dialogue and research on sustainable development strategies that preserve community character and protect the environment.
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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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Women of Architecture

In partnership with the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, the Museum holds an annual lecture program on the topic of Women of Architecture in conjunction with Women’s History Month. The goal of the Women of Architecture Series is to recognize and celebrate the professional and personal accomplishments of women in the field of architecture.
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