Architecture & Design Film Festival presents over two dozen films in National Building Museum’s historic home

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ADFF: D.C. schedule includes Q&As and panel discussions with architects, influencers, and filmmakers

Photo: Film still from Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World’s Fair?.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Building Museum partners with the Architecture & Design Film Festival to launch the first festival in Washington, D.C. (ADFF: D.C.), presented with the Revada Foundation. In addition to screening over two dozen films over four days, ADFF: D.C. will present a series of discussions and presentations with prominent architects and filmmakers, as well as interactive experiences throughout the festival. ADFF: D.C. opens with a reception and screening of a new film on Bjarke Ingels, BIG TIME on Thursday, February 22, and runs through Sunday, February 25.In addition to the films, programming highlights include:

  • Thursday, February 22
    Before the screening of BIG TIME, Robert Ivy, FAIA, CEO of the American Institute of Architects, will be featured as one of the festival’s introductory speakers.
  • Friday, February 23, 6 pm
    Following the screening of Workplace, directed by Gary Hustwit, the festival hosts a conversation featuring Primo Orpilla, co-founder and principal of Studio O+A, and Kai Tier, executive technology director, R/GA NY. The film and panel discuss ideas to make office spaces better places for people to work, collaborate, and spend their time.
  • Friday, February 23, 6:15 pm
    Jennifer Geiss, sales lead, Herman Miller will introduce Eames: The Architect and the Painter. Charles and Ray Eames designed some of their most iconic furniture pieces for Herman Miller, including the world-renowned Eames Lounge Chair.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2 pm
    After the screening of The Experimental City, a panel featuring Michael Winstanley, architect, Eric D. Shaw, director of the D.C. Office of Planning, and Vanessa Rodriguez, director of marketing for the Howard Hughes Corporation’s redevelopment of downtown Columbia, Maryland, will give a 2018 context to Chad Freidrichs’ film about the Minnesota Experimental City and realistic ways to encourage positive urbanization.
  • Saturday, February 24, 4:45 pm
    After the Made in Ilima screening, director and media producer for MASS Design Group, Thatcher Bean, will answer questions about his firm and their commitment to socially conscious work and creating films that document that process.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2:45 pm
    Following the screening of Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World’s Fair?, director and senior lecturer at the USC School of Architecture Mina Chow, AIA, discusses her journey to find out what happened to the World’s Fairs with design historian and educator Beverly Payeff Masey and architect James Biber, moderated by ADFF founder Kyle Bergman.

Three theaters—two specially outfitted by Sony Electronics just for this festival, including the Museum’s iconic Great Hall—provide the backdrop for the programs and screenings, which includes films about icons like Jane Jacobs, Bjarke Ingels, Dries Van Noten, Frank Gehry, Richard Neutra, and more.

Attendees can relax between screenings in the Film Festival Lounge, with furniture provided by Herman Miller, and watch additional short films on a Sony Home Theater System. Festival-goers can also take part in new short virtual reality experiences from Scenic, a Brooklyn-based virtual reality studio focusing on nonfiction VR. The VR films include:

  • This Is What the Future Looked Like
    This Is What the Future Looked Like explores the philosophies and work of futurist architect Buckminster Fuller. The piece features stunning 360° views of Fuller’s geodesic domes that are only possible with VR, an archival voiceover by Fuller, and an original score by the band Yo La Tengo.
  • Inside the Biennale: Toward Venice
    What does it mean to participate in the world’s most influential art exhibition? For both artists and curators, it’s a chance to bring boundary-pushing work to the eyes of the international art world, and make history as part of a 112-year old tradition. Insiders like Massimiliano Gioni, Carol Bove, and Christian Marclay guide us towards the 2017 Venice Biennale, and give first-hand impressions of the city, all in 360°.

The full schedule is available at; a downloadable PDF is available here. Tickets are $12 for Museum members, $10 for students, and $15 for non-members. An all access pass that includes Opening Night is $125. Continuing education credits are available for select films.

ADFF: D.C. is presented by the Revada Foundation, courtesy of the estates of Reva and David Logan, with additional support from American Institute of Architects, The Howard Hughes Corporation, and Bonstra | Haresign Architects. The film festival lounge is furnished by Herman Miller, and the projection equipment provided by Sony Electronics.

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Founded in 2009, the Architecture & Design Film Festival celebrates the creative spirit that drives architecture and design. Through a curated selection of films, events, and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to educate, entertain, and engage all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. It has grown into the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject with an annual festival in New York and satellite events around the world. For more information, visit or @ADFILMFEST on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.