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If “innovation in architecture is an act of civil disobedience,” as architect Joe Valerio says in his new book, Joe Valerio: Valerio Dewalt Train, then we should call him the Gandhi of the drafting table. As the design arm of Chicago-based firm Valerio Dewalt Train, Valerio takes his cues from contemporary art—the incessant reinvention of the self in Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills series and the reinterpretation of the familiar in Jasper Johns’ Three Flags define the themes of the architect’s office buildings, restaurants, theaters, and private homes. In all, Valerio transforms traditional vernacular forms into late-20th-century abstraction through the repetition and sequential arrangement of familiar forms. His addition to the Griffith House in Hubertus, Wis., duplicates an existing wood-frame farmhouse at a right angle to the original, making the everyday exceptional through reiteration. Valerio discusses and signs his book at 6:30 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $13. For reservations call (202) 272-2448.

(Jessica Dawson)