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The Architecture of Diplomacy
Event Date 04/06/2010
Location Washington, D.C. 
Country United States 
Description Building an embassy challenges a nation to reflect on how it wants to be perceived abroad, and how it perceives itself. For example, in 1960, Denmark established itself as a progressive and design-conscious country when it built Washington, D.C.’s first modern embassy. Hear architects, historians, and diplomats discuss the opportunities and challenges of representing national values on foreign soil.

The Architecture of Diplomacy is co-presented by the National Building Museum and the Embassy of Denmark. The event is eligible for 3.0 LU AIA credits.

1:00 – 1:30 pm: Welcome and opening remarks
Chase W. Rynd, executive director, National Building Museum
His Excellency Friis Arne Petersen, ambassador of Denmark
His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince of Denmark
The Honorable Richard N. Swett, former U.S. ambassador to Denmark

1:30 – 1:50 pm: Session 1
U.S. Embassies: America's Face Abroad
Jane Loeffler, author, The Architecture of Diplomacy: Building America's Embassies

1:50 - 2:10 pm: Session 2
A Nation of Architecture
Kent Martinussen, director, Danish Architecture Center

2:30 – 3:00 pm: Session 3 Representing Cultural Values Abroad Through Architecture: A Danish Perspective
Louis Becker, principal partner, Hening Larsen Architects

3:00 – 3:30 pm: Session 4
Representing Cultural Values Abroad Through Architecture: A United States Perspective
James Timberlake, FAIA, and Stephen Kieran, FAIA, founding principals, KieranTimberlake

3:30 – 4:00 pm: Panel Discussion
Louis Becker, James Timberlake, Jane Loeffler, Kent Martinusse, Stephen Kieran, and Richard N. Swett (moderator)

National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
(Judiciary Square Metro, Red Line)

Cost: $12 Member; $20 Non-members. Free for students with valid ID.
Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.
To register, go to or call 202.272.2448. 

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