Courtesy The Wall Street Journal

As 2016 comes to a close, critics reflect upon the architecture that arose this year and analyze which are the best structures that “gave physical shape to the stories and ideas important to a culture,” says The Wall Street Journal. The National Museum of African History and Culture in Washington, D.C.—designed by architects Phil Freelon, FAIA, and David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA, with Detroit-based firm SmithGroupJJR—tops the list. Columbia University’s Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center by New York–based Diller Scofido + Renfro followed, as well as the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art in California, which was designed by local firm SO-IL and Wilkes-Barre, Penn.–based Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

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