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Designing the home of actor Ricardo Montalban, Mexican architect Richard Legorreta naturally drew on the vernacular architecture of Mexico: vibrant colors, light-filled courtyards and patios, and other traditional elements. The architect is known for designing vacation homes, but his recent designs also include much larger and more conspicuous structures, including the San Antonio Public Library and a contemporary art museum in Monterrey, Mexico. In this “Spotlight on Design” lecture, Legorreta will discuss these projects and the aesthetic that links them. Afterward, he’ll sign copies of the new monograph Richard Legorreta Architects. At 6 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15. (202) 272-2448. (Mark Jenkins)