Event: A Portrait of Le Corbusier

As part of its Portraits in Design series, the National Building Museum on January 11 will explore the work and life of Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier (1887–1965).  The son of an engraver, Le Corbusier studied art at a foundation for watch engravers. His first architecture commission came at 18 when he was […]

Wright Weekend at the National Building Museum

If you are looking for architecture-related activities to do before traveling for Thanksgiving, take a look at the schedule for the National Building Museum’s Wright Weekend: A Celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright. To celebrate the release of Taliesin Diary: A Year with Frank Lloyd Wright, the first-ever publication of a diary by one of Wright’s apprentices, the Museum is […]

Preserving DC’s MCM Architecture

Interested in what is happening in efforts to preserve Washignton’s mid-century modern architecture? If you are, pick up tickets for an Oct. 4 event at the National Building Museum (NBM) that will explore the issue.  Six years ago, the D.C. Preservation League, working with Robinson & Associates, a research and consulting firm specializing in architectural […]

Architecture Golf, Kevin Roche at Building Museum

Looking for a place to beat the heat? Head to the National Building Museum for some architectural mini-golf and an exhibit on the work of Kevin Roche. Kicking off today (July 4) and running through Labor Day, you can play a one-of-a-kind mini-golf course designed by some of the region’s most creative architects, construction firms, urban planners and […]

America’s World’s Fairs: Introducing Modernism to the Masses

As the nation was gripped with the Great Depression, the world’s fairs held in six cities across the United States promised a better future for the country replete with cool modern design and technological advances. Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s, a first-of-its-kind exhibit, will open Saturday at the National Building Museum and […]

National Building Museum Event to Explore ‘Hated’ Brutalism

Brutalism. Do you love it or hate it? Derived from the French term béton brut (raw concrete), the Brutalist movement in architecture is characterized by a predominant use of raw concrete and brick and blocky forms. Many people really hate this architectural philosophy. In D.C., just think of the debate over the Third Church of […]