Talks

Image of the architect Carol Ross Barney next to an image of the McDonald’s Chicago Flagship, which was designed by Ross Barney Architects.
10/28
Thursday
Thu. October 28, 2021
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Join us on a journey behind the scenes with Ross Barney Architects, winner of the 2021 National Design Award for Architecture and Interior Design. Founder Carol Ross Barney and her team will discuss their design process with 2021 National Design Award Juror Patricia Saldaña Natke, before taking us on a virtual tour of the McDonald’s Chicago Flagship. The one-of-a-kind building radically deviates from a typical prototype restaurant and begins to ask new questions about customer experience and impact. From its solar pergola to the indoor dining areas that seamlessly connect to permeable outdoor plazas and a park, the flagship is a case study on environmental stewardship, all while creating a city oasis where people can eat, drink, and meet. .
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Virtual program
Images on a colorful background. From left to right: a building with colorful, holographic panels, the Netflix logo and the intro to "The Pacific", a person wearing a large collar.
10/29
Friday
Fri. October 29, 2021
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Cooper Hewitt welcomes visitors who are blind and those with low vision to join us for a special Virtual Visual Description Tour introducing the 2021 National Design Award winners. Participants will explore select design objects or projects created by each of the winners, with time for questions and conversation throughout. .
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Pre-registration required and spots are limited. To register, email CHAccess@si.edu. 
FREE
11/17
Wednesday
Wed. November 17, 2021
8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Mud Frontier: Architecture at the Borderlands is a feature-length documentary about Studio Rael San Fratello’s work to connect contemporary technology with the legacy of pottery making and adobe architecture in the Southwest United States. On his ancestral land in southern Colorado, designer Ronald Rael along with his partner Virginia San Fratello 3D-print monumental structures in mud, pushing the limits of technology and materials, while uncovering a dark history along the way.  Join film director Chris J. Gauthier, associate curator of Latino design Christina L. De León, along with Studio Rael San Fratello founders Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello for a virtual conversation about the film following its premiere at the virtual Architecture and Design Film Festival, which will be made available to the public to watch free of charge. A live Q & A will follow.  .
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Virtual program