Architecture + Design Film Series

Directed by Oliver Hardt
2017, Germany, 52 Minutes

Guest Speaker (Burlington Location):
Lydia Clemmons, Executive Director, Clemmons Family Farm

The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C vibrantly explores America’s history and culture through the lens of the African American experience.   Designed by British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye, it has been met with overwhelming success during its first year of operation. Through interviews and observation, Director Oliver Hardt, who frequently addresses black history and culture with a strong emphasis on architecture, takes us through the remarkable physical spaces, the palpable engagement of museum visitors, and gives us insight into the challenges faced during the design process. The success of the project serves as a reminder that design and advanced storytelling can challenge the dominant political discourse and enable a diverse conversation.

Lydia Clemmons is the eldest daughter of Dr. Jackson and Mrs. Lydia Clemmons, who have owned the 148-acre Clemmons Family Farm located in Charlotte, VT since 1962.  Lydia will talk about the farm’s partnership with Zena Howard, FAIA, one of the lead architects of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Zena is a Principal, Shareholder, and Managing Director of the North Carolina practice of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will. She has graciously offered her expertise to help the work to preservation and creative placemaking work for the farm’s early 19th century Big Barn as a unique space for future African-American and African diaspora visual arts, performing arts and educational programs. The Clemmons Family Farm is one of just 0.4% of all farms in the United States that are African American-owned.


The essence of design lies in its profound ability to affect how we think about and experience the world.

The Architecture & Design Film Series engages, provokes and inspires the community by exploring the impact and importance of design and beauty in our lives.

We invite you to join us for thoughtful discussion and light refreshments in hopes that this creative gathering will broaden awareness, foster connections, spark new ideas, and ultimately build momentum towards positive action.

Free screenings once a month. Wednesday evenings through April 2019.

AIGA Vermont is a proud sponsor.

When & Where
Wed, Feb 20, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
BURLINGTON - Contois Auditorium, 149 Church St.
BRATTLEBORO - 118 Elliot Street Vermont