Tour: National Museum of the American Latino's Molina Family Latino Gallery

The Smithsonian Latino Center recently opened its first physical museum space at the National Mall, the Molina Family Latino Gallery, in June 2022 at the National Museum of American History (NMAH) to celebrate the U.S. Latino experience.

Join AIA|DC’s LA.IDEA committee for a presentation by Eduardo Díaz, Acting Deputy Director, National Museum of the American Latino, on the importance of the space for the Smithsonian & the Latino community in the United States followed by a guided tour of the space by Carolina Uechi, AIA, Project Architect at Quinn Evans, focused on highlighting the design strategies for a state of the art’s inclusive exhibition area that became the Smithsonian’s most accessible gallery space.

The 4,500-square-foot Molina Family Latino Gallery will present bilingual stories for multigenerational and cross-cultural audiences featuring multimedia, physical objects, and first-person voices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the relationship and process between the client, architect, and exhibit designers to transform the space inside the National Museum of American History into the new Smithsonian Latino Center’s Molina Family Latino Gallery
  • Identify strategies applied for visitors with vision and hearing impairment at the most accessible exhibition space in the Smithsonian system
  • Explore the latest innovations and state of the arts techniques in Gallery Design and the incorporation of accessibility strategies that provide an immersive experience for the public through physical and digital exhibits
  • Describe the materials, building methods and systems selected that enable equal access by users of all ages, and how those were incorporated into the built-in intergenerational education space

Presented by:

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Eduardo Díaz

Acting Deputy Director, Smithsonian Latino Center

Eduardo Díaz joined the Smithsonian as the director of the Smithsonian Latino Center in 2008. Previously, he was the executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is currently a member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. Eduardo earned a law degree from the University of California at Davis, and a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies at San Diego State University.


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Carolina Uechi

Project Architect, Quinn Evans Architects

Carolina Uechi is an Architect who has contributed to many of Quinn Evans' high-profile projects for the Smithsonian Institution and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She holds a Master of Architecture, a Master of Arts in Real Estate Development, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland.

Organized by:

AIA|DC LA.IDEA Committee

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