National Building Museum

Demar the intersection of Identity and Community

Friday, September 16, 2022
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

In-person Program

Demar Matthews

Can buildings, streets and landscapes affirm identity and define community? How does architecture amplify or silence, reflect or distort perspective, perception and narrative? These are the questions that Demar Matthews, Principal and Founder of OffTOP Design, asks with his work. Merging architecture, art and the Black cultural experience, Matthews investigates the power of architecture as a cultural signifier and vehicle of traditions, values, and identity.

This program will be presented at the National Building Museum. Arrive early to enjoy fare from local food trucks Swizzler and Little Minor Taco at our G Street entrance as well as drinks and music by Les The DJ in our Great Hall. Doors at our G Street entrance open at 5:30 pm. Admission includes 1 free drink ticket! Lecture begins at 7 pm and ends at 8:30 pm.

Tickets Available at the G Street Entrance

$15 Museum Member | $10 Student | $25 Non-member

This program qualifies for 1.5 LU/HSW (AIA), 1.5 PDH (LA CES/ASLA).

By registering for this INTERSECTIONS program, you'll be entered into a raffle to win 2 FREE tickets to ARTECHOUSE's exhibition Ase: Afro Frequencies!

Image: Black Elevation, courtesy of Demar Matthews


This program continues the National Building Museum's Equity in the Built Environment series of conversations that focus on how buildings, landscapes, interiors, and streets can be the cause of—and, more important, the cure for—social and racial disparities.

Please note: online ticket sales end at 3pm on September 16. Additional tickets on sale at the G Street Door starting at 5:30pm on September 16.

We're sorry, the deadline for buying tickets for this event has passed.