The National Building Museum, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, will present at 9 a.m. June 24 an online Spotlight on Design program, the newest addition to its high-profile lecture series featuring distinguished architects, landscape architects, and designers.

This program will focus on the major transformation nearing completion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Washington, D.C.’s central library, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and opened in 1972.

In this prerecorded event, you’ll learn about the significant design decisions that were made to update the building to meet 21st century needs, and the challenges of renovating a historic Modernist structure.

Among the speakers is Dutch architect Francine Houben, the founding partner and creative director of the Dutch firm Mecanoo Architects. Houben will be joined by Gary Martinez (FAIA, partner, OTJ Architects), and Richard Reyes-Gavilan (executive director, D.C. Public Library).

Join the Q&A

You can be a part of this event! Submit a question for consideration in the panel-discussion portion of the program. Deadline: Wednesday, June 10, 11:59 p.m. (Please note: Not every question we receive will be used by the moderator.)

Learn more about the event on the website of the National Building Museum.

View the program

The program will be available on the website of the National Building Museum starting at 9 a.m. (EDT) on June 24. No registration is required to access the program. The link will remain active for at least four weeks.