For the final gallery of Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse, we commissioned artists and designers to create their own miniature “Dream Rooms.”
Volunteers from Virginia Tech helped Museum staff cut and assemble paper models featured in Around the World in 80 Paper Models, a new installation in our recent acquisitions gallery.
For the Timber City exhibition, we installed massive Cross Laminated Timber panels in the Great Hall. The vertical pylon measures 64′ tall and the horizontal beam 40′ wide.
We presented two landscape architecture exhibitions: The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Sweden and Luminous Landscapes: Photographs by Alan Ward.
The Washington National Cathedral donated a collection to the Museum, including drawings and objects related to the construction of the Cathedral and other historic buildings on its 57-acre campus.
Investigating Where We Live: Change in Focus challenged student participants to analyze changes in Anacostia since the annual summer program last focused on the neighborhood ten years ago. Their resulting exhibition offers an illuminating comparison. Investigating Where We Live joins CityVision and the Design Apprenticeship Program in encouraging teens to explore their surroundings with design in mind.
We continued to offer many programs for our youngest visitors, including new Summer Camp classes for rising third through sixth graders and the free, family festival The Big Build: A Hands on Festival for Tools, Trucks, and Construction.
Education staff tested new program formats, guided by the newly formed Program Design Committee, a small community group organized to advise our team on educational initiatives. These included the Urban Salon series: focused evenings that allow a small group to explore the city and chat about important issues, such as the adaptive re-use occuring at Dupont Underground.
At our Annual Gala, the 2015 Honor Award was bestowed on Andrew Florance and the CoStar Group; James G. Davis and DAVIS Construction; and Mark Buscaino, Maisie Hughes, and Casey Trees. Susan Stamberg, special corresponent for NPR, emceed the night’s festivities.
Stories from the Museum were featured in outlets from almost every continent. Some of our favorite stories were Phil Kennicott’s review of New American Garden and CBS This Morning‘s visit to Small Stories.
On December 12, we celebrated 35 years since a Congressional Act was signed to establish a museum dedicated to the building arts. We celebrated with themed tours, “35 Days of Giving,” special deals in the shop, and of course, a cake! Later on May 7, we celebrated Montgomery Meigs’ 200th Birthday Party.
We presented ICEBERGS, a fantastical glacial sea designed by James Corner Field Operations, as the centerpiece of our annual Summer Block Party. Festivities included themed late nights, Japanese kakigori shaved ice provided by the restaurant Daikaya, and a special Spotlight on Design with James Corner himself.
Museum donors listed made gifts of $250 or more during the 2016 fiscal year.