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Critical Round-Up: The National Museum of African American History and Culture

09:30 - 21 September, 2016
Critical Round-Up: The National Museum of African American History and Culture, © Darren Bradley
© Darren Bradley

A century since the founding of the National Memorial Association and the start of a campaign by African-American war veterans for a monument of African American culture, the National Museum of African American History and Culture will finally be opened on September 24th. The Museum took $540 million and four years to build, resulting in a striking, and refreshingly unorthodox, architectural construction on Washington DC’s National Mall. The Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup JJR team, led by Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye, defiantly broke the white-marble-Corinthian-column convention, opting instead for a bronze-coated aluminum façade bound to provoke a reaction from the critics.

© Paul Clemence © Paul Clemence © Darren Bradley © Darren Bradley + 19

AIA Selects Four Projects for National Healthcare Design Awards

19:00 - 20 September, 2012
Massachusetts General Hospital - The Lunder Building; Boston / NBBJ
Massachusetts General Hospital - The Lunder Building; Boston / NBBJ

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has announced four recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program. The awards program highlights the “best of healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research” that exhibit “conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital”.

The AIA National Healthcare Design Award recipients are:

Update: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

19:00 - 29 March, 2012
© Adjaye Associates
© Adjaye Associates

We have been covering the progress of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture over the last several months, our most recent being President Obama’s speech at the ceremony for the official ground breaking. Adjaye Associates recently shared with us some insight into the inspiration for the design and its grounding principles. We also have several new perspective renders illustrating the internal experience. More details after the break.

© Adjaye Associates © Adjaye Associates © Adjaye Associates © Adjaye Associates + 10

Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture

15:00 - 24 February, 2012
Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smith Group
Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smith Group

President Obama attended the official ground breaking ceremony of the National Museum for African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) on February 22, commemorating this milestone for the Smithsonian Institution’s new museum on Washington’s National Mall. The Tanzanian-born, London-based architect David Adjaye serves as Lead Designer for the Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup (FAB) team that was selected by the Smithsonian Institute back in 2009 in the international competition for the design of the nation’s new prestigious building.

The President began his brief remarks by stating, “As others have mentioned, this day has been a long time coming. The idea for a museum dedicated to African Americans was first put forward by black veterans of the Civil War. And years later, the call was picked up by members of the civil rights generation -– by men and women who knew how to fight for what was right and strive for what is just. This is their day. This is your day. It’s an honor to be here to see the fruit of your labor.”

Continue reading for more information on the project and a video of President Obama’s speech.

2011 CAE Educational Facility Design Awards

15:00 - 24 June, 2011
© Eduard Hueber
© Eduard Hueber

AIA recently made us aware of this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The purpose of the design awards program is to identify trends and emerging ideas, honor excellence in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices in educational and community facilities. Check out the list of 13 after the break, including several of the firms we have previously featured.

Washington National Cathedral Visitor Gateway / SmithGroup

00:00 - 8 October, 2009
Washington National Cathedral Visitor Gateway / SmithGroup, © Alan Karchmer
© Alan Karchmer

© Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Washington, USA
  • Architect

    SmithGroup
  • Design Team

    Colden Florance, FAIA, LEED AP, Sven Shockey, AIA, LEED AP, Dayton Schroeter, RA, Wade Fuh, LEED AP
  • Civil Engineer

    Wiles Mensch Corporation
  • Landscape Architect

    Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
  • Structural Engineer

    Tadjer Cohen Edelson Associates
  • Mep Engineer

    Girard Engineering, Inc.
  • Traffic Consultant

    Gorove Slade Associates, Inc.
  • Lighting Design

    SmithGroup
  • Client

    Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation
  • Contractor

    James G. Davis Construction Corp.
  • Construction Manager

    Advanced Project Management
  • Area

    16072.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs