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Member Only Tour: United States Institute of Peace

With its luminescent roof, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the award winning design of Moshe Safdie and Associates opened in 2011.  Envisioned to serve as a national center for the prevention, management, and resolution of international conflicts, the distinctive structure occupies a prominent site at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 23rd Street--adjacent to the northwest corner of the National Mall.

Overlooking the Lincoln Memorial and with views of America's other prominent national monuments and memorials to sacrifices in war, the new building includes a conference facility and a public education center for informing and engaging visitors about current international conflicts and approaches to their resolution. Join us to see how this unique facility serves to further  the USIP's mission as a “living institution embodying…the concerns of the American people for peace,” and access to equitable freedoms.

Presenter by: Ann-Louise Colgan Director, Public Education

Presenter Bio: Ann-Louise  Colgan joined USIP in 2010 after more than a decade working at organizations focused on international human rights issues, peace and conflict, and U.S. foreign policy. Her background includes research and policy work, as well as extensive experience in communications and public education. From human rights organizations to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she managed the high-level Genocide Prevention Task Force and subsequently served as director of the Museum's Academy for Genocide Prevention, Ann-Louise developed and implemented plans to engage policymakers and educate a broad public audience on issues of peace and conflict and other global priorities.

Organized by: AIA|DC

Sponsored by: United States Institute of Peace


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the design  process that resulted in the selection of Moshe Safdie;
  • Explore the benefits of leveraging  daylight for LEED certification;
  • Identify how the design addresses energy and sustainability concerns; and
  • Apply concepts for achieving equity for all facility inhabitants with an open, transparent design