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National Building Museum | Notes of Interest

The National Building Museum’s contributions to the advancement of architecture touch the novice and the professional alike. Since it opened to the public in 1985, the museum has presented more than 200 exhibitions and a variety of lecture series, family festivals, and education programs for all ages.

Recent exhibitions include House & Home (2012–17), a long-term exhibition that takes visitors on a tour of American houses, both familiar and surprising; Green Schools (2013–14), highlighting examples of what is possible in green school design; PLAY WORK BUILD (2012–14), an interactive, hands-on installation featuring molded foam blocks of all shapes; and LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition, which showcased 15 buildings from around the world constructed entirely from LEGO blocks.

The museum’s Vincent Scully Prize, honoring individuals who have made significant contributions to the field, is one of the most prestigious awards in architecture. Recipients include Jane Jacobs, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, His Highness the Aga Khan, Phyllis Lambert, Paul Goldberger, and Adele Chatfield-Taylor. Other popular programs include Spotlight on Design, featuring the world’s premier voices in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and design, and Women in Architecture, an annual lecture series held in conjunction with Women’s History Month.

For three decades, the museum has taught children about architecture, engineering, urban planning, and construction through programs that encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. As part of AIAǀDC’s annual Architecture Week, the museum hosts the Interschool Student Design Competition, in which students from the area’s six collegiate architecture programs participate in a day-long design competition. The museum also addresses a broad family audience with its three annual festivals: The Big Build: A Hands-on Family Festival of Tools, Trucks, and Construction; Discover Engineering Family Day; and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day.

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2014 Collaborative Achievement Jury

  • William Bates, AIA, Chair
  • Eat'n Park Hospitality Group
  • Homestead, Pennsylvania
  • Amanda Palasik, Assoc. AIA
  • GWWO, Inc.
  • Baltimore
  • Rona Rothenberg, FAIA
  • Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Alameda, California
  • Benjamin Vargas, FAIA
  • Bartizan Group Architects & Project Managers, PSC
  • Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
  • Jennifer Workman, AIA
  • Good Fulton & Farrell, Inc.
  • Dallas

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