2020 06 04 National Building Museum Spotlight on Design MLK Library Event

Spotlight on Design: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at National Building Museum

04.06.2020 - Events

This month, the National Building Museum presents an online Spotlight on Design program, the newest addition to our high-profile lecture series featuring distinguished architects, landscape architects, and designers. This program focuses 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 will 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.

The public is encouraged to submit questions for consideration in the panel-discussion portion of the event. Deadline: Wednesday, June 10, 11:59 pm EST. (Please note: Not every question received will be used.)


  • Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director, D.C. Public Library
  • Francine Houben, Founding Partner/Creative Director, Mecanoo
  • Gary Martinez, FAIA, Partner, OTJ


Wednesday, June 24, 9:00 am, EST. The 90-minute-long program will be available for viewing through a link on the Museum website.

If you would like to discuss a press enquiry reach out to us at pr@mecanoo.nl