Architects gather in DC to celebrate new African American museum
A joint reception, hosted by the AIA and NOMA, highlighted the power of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
To gather all the architects who had traveled to Washington, DC, to attend the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the AIA and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) held a celebratory reception at AIA National headquarters.
Among the attendees was Philip G. Freelon, FAIA, lead architect of the museum's design. "It was an incredible privilege and honor to have played a central role in the creation of the museum," he said to the almost 200 architects and AIA members in attendance. "As an African American man, I feel a great sense of pride in helping to showcase the history, struggles and, more importantly, the contributions and achievements that are such an important part of our nation’s history."
"I am proud of the way that the building and exhibits are integrated," he added. "My hope is that people will be moved and changed in a positive way as a result of experiencing this museum."
He was joined in addressing the crowd by Crystal J. Satterfield, AIA, the northeast regional vice president of NOMA, who spoke to the power of architects in shaping both history and experiences through design.
"To my fellow architects," she said, "today we witnessed the ultimate power of what our education, skills, hard work, and persistence can create. These places and spaces—specifically this new museum of African American history and culture—can inspire and touch every man, woman, and child. We, the architects, weave art, science, and design into a fluid language that can be understood by all."