National Museum of the United States Army Wins AIA | DC Chapter Design Award

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The National Museum of the United States Army was unanimously selected as an Architecture Award winner in the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) DC Chapter Design Awards. The jury cited the building's elegance, and the way its guiding themes—discipline, modesty, and rigorousness—are all embodied in the design.

"All the themes were thoughtful and beautifully crafted but in a sort of modern way, really elevating what a museum could be," said juror Katherine Chia, FAIA.

The museum is designed to serve as the symbolic front door of the U.S. Army. Spanning 84 acres on the Fort Belvoir Military Installation in Virginia, it focuses first and foremost on the story of the individual soldier. The facade, designed in a regular grid of stainless steel panels, reflects the bucolic surroundings—transforming the character of the building through every season and time of day.

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