The Architecture & Design Film Festival Makes A Triumphant Return To DC

The National Building Museum will again partner with the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) to produce and host ADFF:DC March 24-26, 2022 in Washington, D.C. ADFF:DC will offer 12 feature-length films and a selection of short films from around the world that explore a range of timely issues, including innovation and creativity in sustainability, equitable development, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, the important contributions of indigenous architects, and the dynamic nature of design leadership. Select films will be followed by Q&As featuring highly respected guest speakers. ADFF:DC also offers the first complete in-person program of the present film series in the U.S., after pandemic precautions disrupted previous events in New York and Los Angeles earlier this year.

Still from “Light Snatcher” 2021; Finland; Director: Charlotte Airas

Still from “Light Snatcher” 2021; Finland; Director: Charlotte Airas

The Opening Night and following reception are open to the public and include an exclusive opportunity to meet and attend a panel discussion with the international design visionary, Bruce Mau, and his business partner and wife, Bisi Williams. The festive event will be held in the Museum’s soaring Great Hall and includes an open bar, gourmet snacks and an opportunity to mingle following the screening of the film Mau. The namesake documentary explores the designer’s unlikely creative journey and ever-optimistic push to tackle the world’s biggest problems with design. Over the span of his career, Mau has transformed from a world-class graphic designer to designer of the world by advising global brands like Coca-Cola and Disney — and rethinking a 1000-year plan for Mecca, Islam’s holiest site.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with ADFF and to host this wonderful and unique film festival,” states Aileen Fuchs, President and Executive Director of the National Building Museum. “Our focus is to offer engaging, immersive programming that inspires and educates about the world we design and build. This cultural partnership offers extraordinary films that spotlight innovation, leadership and critical community issues, like design and its impact on sustainability and social equity — signature topics in the Museum’s exhibitions and programming. And, it’s a great opportunity to have some fun with friends and family when it’s cold outside!”

Still from “Breuer’s Bohemia” 2021; USA; Director: James Crump

Still from “Breuer’s Bohemia” 2021; USA; Director: James Crump

Highlighted in this year’s festival are legendary icons like Frank Lloyd Wright and Marcel Breuer as well as other architects who are making their mark around the world — including Finland’s most successful contemporary architect, Juha Leiviska, and British architect, Sarah Wigglesworth, whose design work focuses on impacting positive social change. Film subjects also include dynamic artists, like architectural installation designer Dani Karavan from Israel and the irreverent Tim Carey of Los Angeles-based Judson Studios. In addition to film screenings, ADFF:DC will include live Q&As with film directors and subjects, including James Crump, director of Breuer’s Bohemia, and Nathan Havey, director of Beyond Zero.

See full schedules and program descriptions here.

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