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Washington DC Blog

DCA Chapter Event: MLK Library and National Building Museum Tour

The Washington, DC Chapter invites you to join us for an in-person* tour of the MLK Public Library's 4th floor exhibits and the National Building Museum's new Visitor Center, led by Bluecadet and Studio Joseph.

Meet us at 5:00pm on Tuesday October 5, 2021 at the MLK Public Library for a tour of the 4th floor exhibits, titled A Revolution of Values, Voices of D.C. and D.C. Represented.

At 6:15pm, we will walk to the National Building Museum (401 F Street NW, entering on the 4th Street side of the building) for a tour of the new Visitor Center.

We will enjoy a happy hour at a local venue after.

For more information on the National Building Museum's new Visitor Center, click here.

Register for this event here.
*Note that SEGD will follow current Washington DC guidelines for mask mandates, requiring that everyone (including fully vaccinated people) wear masks in indoor public settings.

In honor of Black History Month, please join Gallagher & Associates and the National Museum of African American Music for a virtual tour of the newly-opened experience! The Museum's curatorial team and lead designers from G&A will share the approach to elevating the history and stories of African Americans through their music.

NMAAM preserves and celebrates the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. The collections share the story of the American soundtrack with a dynamic, communal experience, brought to life with interactive exhibits. 

Date: February 24
Time: 12 PM EST
Virtual Tour on Zoom!

Register in advance for this meeting:https://segd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIucu2uqTgjGN3gjrmSJ1T9t6ZiEKQ5d9...


Have you been wondering what to do with that old hat you got in Mexico? Did you recently go through a purge and think "I should get rid of that wig..." but never did?

This Thursday, dig around for your best costume acessory and favorite cocktail recipe to share with your SEGD DC, Philly and Richmond chapters! 

Link to sign up below... see you there! 



Join us for a virtual discussion with Studio Joseph!


Studio Joseph is an architectural practice based in NYC with an expertise in museum and exhibition



Wendy Evans Joseph, Founder, and Monica Coghlan, Design Director, will

discuss two upcoming projects in Washington, D.C.: the exhibitions at the newly

renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Library and a new orientation center for the National

Building Museum. The talk will focus on the process behind the studio’s work as well as

the unique approach taken in the design of both projects, which open in early 2021.


Orientation Center, National Building Museum, D.C.: Addressing the fundamental

issues of the historic building’s vast public spaces, the project serves as a new front

door to the museum, providing physical orientation as well as an introduction to the

museum’s mission and content. The exhibition explores broad questions including:

What does the built environment really mean? And how does it affect our lives? Studio

Joseph worked with the NBM to answer these questions in an engaging space that

frames and informs the visitors’ entire museum experience.


Up From the People: Protest & Change in DC at the MLK Library: The creation of

an exhibition space as part of the modernization of this iconic Mies van der Rohe

building presents an opportunity to honor MLK while also highlighting the local activists

who influenced him and who continue to build upon his legacy. Studio Joseph’s work encourages a

dialogue between design and content, empowering community voices to shape the

trajectory of the exhibition and tell authentic stories.


Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.




The Washington, DC Chapter invites you to join us as we continue the Living Room Lecture Series with our next speaker: Patrick Gallagher.

Join us on Wednesday August 19, 2020 at 5:00pm. Patrick will share his background and an overview of his firm, Gallagher & Associates. G&A Executive Creative Director Michael G Lewis and Creative Director Clare Brown will follow with an interactive discussion on the future of shared experiences.


G&A was founded by SEGD Fellow Patrick Gallagher in 1999. Over the past 30 years, Patrick has built a strong reputation globally as a leader in the field of Museum Planning and Design. He has worked with every kind of collection from microscopic stardust, to hundreds of vintage military tanks and aircraft, in institutions ranging from cultural history and natural science to sports, music and the arts. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Patrick is a past president of the SEGD and has served on the board of numerous professional design organizations.

In 2020 G&A celebrates 20 years of creating excellence in exhibition and experience design. These 20 years have seen change in audiences, changing technology, change in the role of museums in society, and change in how we think about shared cultural experiences. Facing the future means acknowledging and learning from this change. As G&A looks forward, we are embracing new definitions and approaches to excellence through audience informed co-design and integrated practices. Join us for an interactive discussion about the future of design, led by G&A Executive Creative Director Michael G Lewis and Creative Director Clare Brown.

When: August 19, 2020 5:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We look forward to continuing to work together with the Boston, New York, Washington DC and Richmond chapters to continue to provide a platform for us to all come together, learn, and share in this evolving multipart series. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 19th!

In good health,
SEGD Washington DC, SEGD Philadelphia, SEGD Boston, SEGD New York, and SEGD Richmond 


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