Client: Smithsonian Institution
Competition Manager: Donald J. Stastny FAIA FAICP
Competition Project Manager: Jennifer Mannhard AICP
Competition Conducted: Jan-Apr 2009
The National Museum of African American History and Culture Act, signed by President Bush on December 16, 2003, established the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as the newest museum within the Smithsonian. NMAAHC is the national museum for the study and exposition of African American history and culture. Its primary purposes are to acquire, maintain and preserve objects which document social, cultural, political, military, technological and scientific developments in the United States; to conduct scholarly research designed to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in the fields of African American history; to publish findings for both scholarly and general audiences; and to interpret historical developments through public exhibitions and programs.
A Design Competition was used to select the architecture and engineering (A/E) team to design the NMAAHC. The Smithsonian issued a Request for Qualifications and selected the most qualified teams to participate in a 55-day design concept competition. The A/E teams created a design concept for the NMAAHC, prepared design concept boards to portray their ideas, and made a personal presentation of their concept to the Jury.
The Jury unanimously selected the design concept by the team of Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithgroupJJR (The Freelon Group, Adjaye Associates, and Davis Brody Bond, in association with SmithGroupJJR).
Current Status: Museum opens September 24, 2016
Building and Design Team Information:
The Freelon Group, Lead Architect