courtesy motion picture "MAU"

The following is a press release from the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. announcing the return of the Architecture & Design Film Festival:DC. The festival, which was originally scheduled for January but delayed due to COVID-19, will run from March 24 to 26.

The National Building Museum will again partner with the Architecture & Design Film Festival to produce and host ADFF:DC in Washington, D.C., March 24-26, 2022. Film descriptions are included at end of advisory.


  • 12 feature-length films and a selection of short films from around the world that explore innovation and creativity in sustainability, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, as well as the important contributions of indigenous architects and the dynamic nature of design leadership.
  • Highlighted in this year’s festival are legendary icons like Frank Lloyd Wright and Marcel Breuer, renowned contemporary Danish architect Dorte Mandrup, in addition to other architects making their marks around the world.
  • First complete in-person program of the ADFF 2021/22 season in the US


In-Person -- National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Opening Night Celebration -- Thursday, March 24, 6:00:PM - 9:30 PM.

- Festive Event -- to be held in the Museum’s soaring Great Hall and includes an open bar with signature cocktail, hors d’oevres and dim sum, and an opportunity to mingle.

- In-Person Q&A with Bruce Mau -- following film screening

- About the film Mau -- The namesake documentary explores the designer’s unlikely creative journey and ever-optimistic push to tackle the world’s biggest problems with design. Over the span of his career, Mau has transformed from a world-class graphic designer to designer of the world by advising global brands like Coca-Cola and Disney -- and rethinking a 1000-year plan for Mecca, Islam’s holiest site.

Festival - March 24-26, 2022