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National Building Museum makes lecture series free for students

The "Spotlight on Design" lectures at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., will now be free for students. Pictured: Jeanne Gang speaking in the museum as part of the Spotlight series in 2017 (Courtesy National Building Museum/Via Flickr)

The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., announced today that it is making itself more accessible to students in the profession. Its “Spotlight on Design” lecture series, which comprises eight-to-ten talks a year by leaders in the field, will now be free for students. Tickets to the lectures will still be $12 for museum members and $20 for non-members.

In the past, the series has hosted luminaries like Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Jeanne Gang, and Laurie Olin.

This year’s lineup has yet to be completely announced, but Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works, designer of the recently-completed National Veterans Memorial and Museum, will present on Thursday, March 7, and Adam Greenspan of PWP Landscape Architecture, designer of the grounds at the Glenstone Museum, will talk on Tuesday, April 9. The series will kick off with a presentation from partners at ZGF ARCHITECTS on Monday, January 28.

In a statement, Chase Rynd, executive director of the National Building Museum, said, “We are so pleased to be expanding access to our signature public program. We hope that by introducing young talent to noted practitioners in the field and a wide variety of approaches to the design process will only inspire them in their own careers.”

More information is available on the museum’s website.

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