Washington, DC

Smithsonian Institution Arts and Industries Building

Our Feasibility Study for the Smithsonian’s 1881 Arts and Industries Building (AIB) examines the building’s revitalization for the purpose of re-opening it to the public as a modern-day exhibition hall focused on the future.  

Existing conditions, visitor projections, program requirements, systems, security, sustainability, resilience, and historic fabric are assessed. A concept plan creates below-grade expansion for mechanical services and a loading entrance, allowing the entire main floor to be dedicated to public use. The main floor accommodates flexible exhibition spaces, a theater, and visitor amenities and programming. Upper levels accommodate collaborative workplace and incubator needs. A phasing plan developed with AIB and Smithsonian staff sets budgets and identifies fundraising opportunities. 

Smithsonian Institution
Completed 2019
Project Size
Site | 2.4 Acres
Building | 183,000 GSF
Visitor Services, Exhibition, Events, Workplace
Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects
Project Team
Philip Chen FAIA, Ed Rice AIA, Melissa Murphy AIA, Amber Penman AIA (ABA/Annum); Silman (Structural); Altieri (MEP/FP); Wiles Mensch (Civil); GHD (Security); Thornton Tomasetti (Blast Mitigation); Hanscomb (Cost)