National Building Museum

The Architecture of Diplomacy

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Building an embassy challenges a nation to reflect on how it wants to be perceived abroad, and how it perceives itself. For example, in 1960, Denmark established itself as a progressive and design-conscious country when it built Washington, D.C.’s first modern embassy. Hear architects, historians, and diplomats discuss the opportunities and challenges of representing national values on foreign soil.  1.5 LU (AIA)

$12 Members; FREE Students; $20 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

Entry to the Museum for this program will be available only through the Museum's F Street entrance beginning at 12pm on Friday, June 4th.

The Architecture of Diplomacy is co-presented by the National Building Museum and the Embassy of Denmark.

Program is 1:00 - 4:30 pm

12:00 – 1:00 pm     Registration

1:00 – 1:30 pm      Welcome & Opening Remarks
Chase W. Rynd, Executive Director, National Building Museum
His Excellency Friis Arne Petersen, Ambassador of Denmark
His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Denmark
The Honorable Richard N. Swett, Former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark

1:30 – 1:50           Session 1
U.S. Embassies: America's Face Abroad
Jane Loeffler, author of The Architecture of Diplomacy: Building America's Embassies

1:50 - 2:10           Session 2
A Nation of Architecture
Kent Martinussen, Director, Danish Architecture Center

2:10 – 2:30           Break
2:30 – 3:00           Session 3
Representing Cultural Values Abroad Through Architecture:
A Danish Perspective
Louis Becker, principal partner, Hening Larsen Architects
3:00 – 3:30           Session 4
Representing Cultural Values Abroad Through Architecture:
A United States Perspective 
Stephen Kieran, FAIA, and James Timberlake, FAIA founding principals, KieranTimberlake
3:30 – 4:00           Panel Discussion
• Louis Becker
• Stephen Kieran
• Jane Loeffler
• Kent Martinussen
• James Timberlake
• Richard N. Swett, moderator

4:00 – 4:30          Audience Q&A

4:30 pm               Conclusion




Time: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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