Six Teams Compete to Design National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian unveiled models from the six architecture firms competing to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
By Jacqueline Trescott
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 27, 2009; 4:39 PM

Today the Smithsonian Institution is unveiling six models from award-winning architecture teams who are competing to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will occupy a five-acre plot near the Washington Monument and the National Museum of American History.

Submissions were received from Devrouax & Purnell/Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. I.M. Pei designed the East Building of the National Gallery of Art. Foster and Partners/URS is another team. Sir Norman Foster designed the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian's Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.

Other teams are Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with KlingStubbins; the Freelon Group, Adjaye Associates and David Brody Bond in association with SmithGroup; and Moody Nolan in association with Antoine Predock Architect. Moshe Safie and Associates, along with Sultan Campbell Britt & Associates round out the competition.

The architectural teams are not scheduled to be present for today's news conference.

The museum is expected to cost $500 million, with Congress paying half and the rest coming from private funds.

The models will be displayed in the Smithsonian Castle until April 6 for public comments. An 11-member jury, selected by the Smithsonian, will make the final selection next month.

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