Spotlight on Design

Spotlight on Design is an ongoing lecture series featuring architects and designers of distinction from around the world. The series has presented many of the world's premier design voices in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and design. The series has featured Pritzker Prize Laureates Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, and Rem Koolhaas; American Institute of Architects' Gold Medalists Antoine Predock, Santiago Calatrava, and Frank Gehry; and the American Society of Landscape Architects' Medal recipients Richard Haag and Joseph E. Brown.

During FY12, the Museum presented 8 lectures in the series, with over 1,800 attending. Students, professionals, and the general public, heard from designers practicing in the U.S. and abroad. Highlights include architect Moshe Safdie explaining the simple geometry behind the undulating white roof line of his United States Institute of Peace. Danish architect Bjarke Ingels explained his philosophy of “hedonistic sustainability” in projects that included a combination ski slope/waste incineration plant. During a year that had its share of contentious political bickering, landscape architect Diana Balmori advocated that collaboration and cooperation—at least between the design professions of architects and landscape architects—results in the best, most sustainable urban spaces for people.

By bringing these important leaders to Washington, D.C. audiences, Spotlight on Design fosters direct access to them. During lively Q&A sessions after presentations, and in more intimate, one-on-one moments, program attendees have opportunities to meet and speak with noted designers, as well as up-and-coming practitioners.

Learn more about the series and find video of past talks on nbm.org.

Spotlight on Design is sponsored by Lafarge, the world leader in building materials, with additional support from the American Institute of Architects. Architectural Record is the official media partner of Spotlight on Design.

LaFarge   AIA Architectural Record

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