The congressionally mandated United States Institute of Peace was created 26 years ago for the prevention and resolution of violent international conflict. Yet despite its worthy mission, USIP never had a home designed for its use—until March 2011, when the organization will move into its new, 150,000-square-foot headquarters on the National Mall. Designed by international architect Moshe Safdie, the $186 million structure with centers for work, research and education overlooks Washington’s war memorials—poignant reminders of why USIP is necessary. A public grand opening will take place in September.
ARCHITECTURE: MOSHE SAFDIE, FAIA, Safdie Architects, Somerville, Massachusetts. PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Stranix Associates, LLC, Vienna, Virginia.
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