Smithsonian Insitution - National Museum of the American Indian

On the Mall, Washington, DC

One of the most closely watched national museum projects in recent years, this stunning building features organic, curving walls of buff limestone that made it instant landmark on the Capitol Mall.

.Polshek SmithGroup and Native American Design Collaborative, joint venture team on the earlier completed project for the National Museum of American Indian – Cultural Resources Center was invited by the Smithsonian Institution to take on the role in developing the design by Douglas Cardinal and GBQC , to save a significant public investment while also enhancing its design and complete the Mall Museum project .

Damyanti’s role was to work in close consensus, nurturing relationships built with the joint venture team, learning, understanding and implementing aspirations and goals set by the Native American community for its museum. It was truly a privilege as well as challenge to participate in making this project real, a great accomplishment despite out of the ordinary circumstances. The process was moderated by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of the American Indian. Their participation and encouragement played catalyst in maintaining team morale and commitment for success of the project.