NPR’s Joshua Johnson to emcee National Building Museum gala

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On May 29, JBG SMITH and Washington Housing Initiative will receive 2019 Honor Award

Joshua Johnson; photo by Stephen Voss.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Building Museum will present its Honor Award to JBG SMITH and Washington Housing Initiative at its annual gala on Wednesday, May 29. Joshua Johnson, host of NPR’s 1A, will emcee the event. Matt Kelly, CEO, JBG SMITH will accept the award on behalf of JBG SMITH, and Anthony Williams, CEO, Federal City Council, will represent Washington Housing Initiative.

Johnson is the host of 1A, a weekday radio talk show that explores political and cultural issues that affect the nation. Produced locally at WAMU 88.5, 1A is carried on over 350 NPR member stations across the country. Before moving to D.C, he worked as the co-creator and host of the provocative nationwide public radio series Truth Be Told, which explored race in America. He began his career helping to launch a unique partnership between south Florida’s NPR news station, WLRN, and The Miami Herald, and served for over five years as morning newscaster for KQED in San Francisco.

“I’m excited to be part of the National Building Museum’s annual gala,” said Johnson. “The organizations that are being recognized have true impact on the culture and community development of the Washington region.”

The evening includes a “garden party” cocktail hour, seated dinner, awards presentation, and late-night after party, all in the Museum’s Great Hall. Information about tickets and tables can be found here.

JBG SMITH is an S&P 400 company that owns, operates, invests in, and develops a dynamic portfolio of high-quality mixed-use properties in and around Washington, DC.  Through an intense focus on placemaking, JBG SMITH cultivates vibrant, amenity-rich, walkable neighborhoods throughout the Capital region, including National Landing where it now serves as the exclusive developer for Amazon’s HQ2.  JBG SMITH’s operating portfolio currently comprises approximately 19 million square feet of high-quality office, multifamily and retail assets, 98% of which are Metro-served.  It also maintains a robust future pipeline encompassing approximately 20 million square feet of mixed-use development opportunities.

The Washington Housing Initiative is a transformational, market-driven approach to marshal private and philanthropic capital for the preservation and creation of affordable workforce housing in communities through its two primary vehicles: the Impact Pool and the Washington Housing Conservancy. More information on Washington Housing Initiative can be found at

Bestowed each year at our Annual Gala, the Honor Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to our built heritage. Recipients are leaders who have defined our culture, developed our communities, and crafted our built environment. Individually, they have advanced our building arts and sciences. Collectively their legacy is profound. Past winners recipients include:

  • Madison Marquette and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
  • Brookfield Properties and the National Endowment for the Arts
  • CoStar Group, DAVIS Construction, and Casey Trees
  • The Rockefeller Foundation, STUDIOS Architecture, and Capital Bikeshare
  • Laura Bush and the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Turner Construction Company
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Perkins + Will U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon New Orleans Habitat Musicians Village Majora Carter
  • S. Green Building Council City of Chicago United Technologies Corporation
  • The Associated General Contractors of America
  • Related
  • Clark Construction Group, LLC
  • Forest City Enterprises
  • General Services Administration
  • Major League Baseball and The National Football League
  • DuPont
  • Michael D. Eisner and The Walt Disney Company
  • Gerald D. Hines
  • Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Harold McGraw III and The McGraw-Hill Companies
  • Stephen and Riley Bechtel and The Bechtel Group
  • Community Builders of Washington, D.C.: Morris Cafritz, Charles E. Smith, Charles A. Horsky, and Oliver T. Carr, Jr.
  • Cindy and Jay Pritzker
  • Lady Bird Johnson
  • James A. Johnson and Fannie Mae
  • Carter Brown
  • The Civic Leadership of Greater Pittsburgh
  • The Rockefeller Family
  • IBM Corporation
  • Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
  • James W. Rouse
  • Irwin Miller

Contact Emma Filar, or 202.272.2448, ext. 3458.

Photographs from previous galas as well as JBG SMITH projects are available here. Gala images by Yassine El Mansouri.

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