DC architecture and design enthusiasts gather around niche film festival


Kyle Bergman, Architecture and Design Film Fest Director, introduces Mies on Scene. Image credit Kate Michael.

“At the end of the day, if everyone understands architecture as we do, the world will be a more beautiful place,” said Kyle Bergman, Architecture and Design Film Fest Director, mingling with design enthusiasts at a brunch hosted by Boffi Georgetown.

As part of a new tradition, building on an established partnership with the film festival in New York, Boffi invited DC’s design community to gather for bites and banter at its Georgetown showroom in advance of a film screening at the National Building Museum. 

“It’s not just about branding and products,” said Boffi CEO Davide Cremese, “but it’s about culture, and demonstrating how art, architecture, and filmmaking all blend in together.”

Among those in attendance were Anthony Wilder Design/Build’s Anthony Wilder, Swatchroom’s Warren Weixler, Gensler’s Christy Schlesinger and FotoDC’s Theo Adamstein.

All were invited, post brunch, to attend the DC premiere of Mies on Scene. Barcelona in two acts, directed by Xavi Camprecios & Pep Martin.  The film about architect Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion, a work which arguably changed the history of architecture forever, was among the highlights of the two day event.

“It’s a critical building that architects all know about, even though it was only around for 6 months… but now it’s been rebuilt and has this new life,” Bergman explained of the Barcelona Pavilion.  Following the screening, Dietrich Neumann, Brown University Professor and author of an upcoming book on the pavilion, spoke and took questions.

“We’re showing films that are interesting both to design professionals and individuals,” said Bergman.  “As architects, we all talk to each other all the time, but what we really need to do is have a wider conversation.”

The Architecture & Design Film Festival is set to return to The National Building Museum in 2020.