The National Building Museum will again partner with the Architecture & Design Film Festival to produce and host ADFF:DC in Washington, D.C., March 24-26, 2022.  The festival offers  12 feature-length films and a selection of short films from around the world that explore innovation and creativity in sustainability, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, as well as the important contributions of indigenous architects and the dynamic nature of design leadership.  Highlighted in this year’s festival are legendary icons like Frank Lloyd Wright and Marcel Breuer, renowned contemporary Danish architect Dorte Mandrup, in addition to other architects making their marks around the world. This is the first complete in-person program of the ADFF 2021/22 season in the US.

The festival begins with an Opening Night Celebration — Thursday, March 24,  6:00:PM – 9:30 PM.  The festive event will be held in the Museum’s soaring Great Hall.  The evening will offer an in-person Q&A with design visionary Bruce Mau following the screening of the namesake film Mau, which explores the designer’s unlikely creative journey and ever-optimistic push to tackle the world’s biggest problems with design.  Over the span of his career, Mau has transformed from a world-class graphic designer to designer of the world by advising global brands like Coca-Cola and Disney — and rethinking a 1000-year plan for Mecca, Islam’s holiest site. Opening night celebrants will also enjoy an open bar with signature cocktail, hors d’oevres and dim sum. You can buy a ticket just for opening night, or purchase a FlexPass that gives you access to all three days of films, as well as the opening night celebration. 

Opening Night – Tickets are $40 for Museum members, $25 for students and $50 for non-members, which includes the film, Q&A with creative visionary Bruce and reception.


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Individual films and associated programming – Tickets are $12 for Museum members, $5 for students and $15 for non-members. The $85 FlexPass allows admittance to multiple films and Opening Night festivities.

–      Full schedules, program, film descriptions and ticketing information are available here.