2022 Architecture & Design Film Festival: DC

March 24, 2022 – March 26, 2022

The National Building Museum will again partner with the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) to produce and host the event March 24-26, 2022 in Washington, D.C.  

ADFF:DC will offer 12 feature length and short films from around the world that explore a range of timely issues, including innovation and creativity in sustainability, equitable development, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, as well as the important contributions of indigenous architects and the dynamic nature of design leadership.  ADFF:DC  also offers the first complete in-person program of the present film series in the U.S., after pandemic precautions disrupted previous events in New York and Los Angeles earlier in 2021.  View media advisory here.

Film Descriptions and schedule

See full descriptions of the films here.

Thursday, March 24
6:30 – 9:30pmMau
Opening Night Reception
Q&A with Bruce Mau follows the screening.
Friday, March 25
6:30 – 8:00pm Beyond Zero
Q&A with director Nathan Havey and Joey Shea follows the screening.
6:45 – 8:15pmFrom Earth to Sky
8:45 – 10:15pmHigh Maintenance – The Life and Work of Dani Karavan
9:00 – 10:15pmBattleship Berlin shown with: What Does It Take to Make A Building? 
Saturday, March 26
Noon-1:30pmUnity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece shown with: 
Light Snatcher
12:15-1:30pmArchitect of Brutal Poetry
2:15-4:15pmHoly Frit
Q&A with Justin Monroe follows the screening
2:30-4:15pmInside Prora
5-6:30pmMud Frontier: Architecture at the Borderlands
Q&A with designer Ronald Rael and director Chris Guither follows the screening.
5:15-6:45pmBreuer’s Bohemia
7:45-9:30pmAnother Kind of Knowledge – Portrait of Dorte Mandrup
Q&A with Dorte Mandrup follows the screening


Registration is available for Opening Night, individual films, and a festival flexpass.

Flex Pass allows access to all films throughout the festival as you’d like and Opening Night celebrations.

Registration for individual films follows:

Thursday, March 24

Opening Night and Reception


2021 / 76 min / Austria
Directors: Jono & Benji Bergmann
Q&A w/ Bruce Mau follows the screening

Friday, March 25

Beyond Zero
2021 / 81 min / USA
Directors: Nathan Havey
Q&A w/ Directors Nathan Havey and Joey Shea follows the screening

From Earth to Sky
2021 / 72 min / Canada
Director: Ron Chapman

High Maintenance
The Life and Work of Dani Karavan
2020 / 66 min / Israel
Director: Barak Heymann

Battleship Berlin
shown with
What Does it Take to Make a Building?
2021 / 40 min / Germany
2021 / 27 min / UK
Director: Jim Stephenson

saturday, march 26

Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece
shown with
Light Snatchers
2020 / 55 min / Finland
Director: Lauren Levine

Architect of Brutal Poetry
shown with
Form and Place: Arthur Erickson
2021 / 70 min / Slovakia
Director: Ladislav Kabos

Holy Frit
2020 / 119 min / USA
Director: Justin Monroe

Inside Prora shown with
Moving Barcelona
2019 / 100 min / Germany
Director: Nico Weber

Mud Frontier
2021 / 63 min / USA
Director: Chris J. Gauthier

Breuer’s Bohemia
2021 / 73 min / USA
Director: James Crump

Another Kind of Knowledge – Portrait of Dorte Mandrup
2021 / 78 min / Denmark
Director: Marc-Christoph and Simon Weyhe