Smithsonian Releases Shortlist of Architects to Build Museum of African American History

Elsewhere in the museum world, while the Smithsonian begins their latest phase of penny pinching under the watchful hawk eyes of G. Wayne Clough, they also have expanding to with their newest outlet, the Museum of African American History and Culture, which is still very early in the planning phases. But now they have inched ever closer to their planned 2015 opening by announcing that they have selected a shortlist of contenders for the architects to build them something to house the collection. Here’s the list:

The candidates are Foster + Partners, in a joint venture with URS; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in association with KlingStubbins; Freelon Adjaye Bond, in association with SmithGroup; Devrouax & Purnell Architects and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects; Moody Nolan and Antoine Predock Architect; and Moshe Safdie & Associates, in association with Sultan Campbell Britt & Associates.