What’s wrong with this picture?
It’s not the boutonnière-matching magenta, although that is rather eye-smarting. No, it’s the puzzling incongruity of trumpeting the tall-building credentials of a guy headlining an economic development showcase in a city that will never be able to build anything like his crowning achievement, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.
Sure, Roger Frechette has a few under-130-foot D.C. buildings to his credit, like the very handsome Department of Transportation headquarters. But I can imagine at least a little awkwardness when he’s introduced as the designer of stunning skyscrapers, given that the District can’t take much inspiration from those examples.