DC -- Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) -- Exhibit: Design Models: National Museum of African American History and Culture's Architectural Design Competition:
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Description of Pictures: Design Models: National Museum of African American History and Culture's Architectural Design Competition
March 27, 2009 – April 19, 2009
On view are six architectural design models submitted to the Smithsonian in a design competition for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture to be built on the Mall and completed in 2015.
Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup is the winner of the design competition, announced Tuesday, April 14, by the design competition jury.
The design competition teams (in alphabetical order) are:
Devrouax & Purnell Architects/Planners, P.C, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, LLP
* A joint venture. Devrouax & Purnell, led by Marshall Purnell, recently completed the Washington Convention Center and the Washington Nationals Park baseball stadium. Among the best known projects of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners are the East Building of the National Gallery of Art and the Holocaust Memorial Museum, both in Washington, D.C., and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with KlingStubbins
* Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro will serve as architect and KlingStubbins will serve as associate architect. Diller Scofidio + Renfro was the architect for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and for the renovation and expansion of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, including the Juilliard School and the School of American Ballet.
Foster + Partners/URS joint venture.
* These two firms have collaborated for the past five years on a variety of projects in the United States and Europe. Foster + Partners of London, led by chairman and founder Norman Foster, will serve as architect and URS will be the engineering design firm. Foster recently designed the Kogod Courtyard in the Smithsonian's Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, and redesigned the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Dallas Center for Performing Arts.
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