Jame Anderson

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  • Washington, DC
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With her talent for flawlessly intersecting architecture, art and exhibition design, Jame draws her inspiration from solving challenging problems, creative people and an inherent need for beauty. "I enjoy making or learning something new every day." Her career is a balance of making, practice, design and teaching continuously focused on cultural institutions. Originally an artist turned exhibits fabricator, she studied architecture leading to her first tenure with SmithGroup. Jame went on to serve as a Senior Architect and Exhibit Designer at the National Gallery of Art, where she designed hundreds of special exhibitions and other projects before returning to SmithGroup to lead the Cultural practice. Some notable projects include the National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Pop Culture in New York City, the Lumpkin’s Slave Jail Site/Devil’s Half Acre interpretive site, and the renovation and expansion of The Franklin Institute. "There are stories to tell everywhere – we must look for every opportunity to make our world more beautiful and have more meaning." There’s no doubt that Jame would be creating regardless of where her path took her. But if she couldn’t be an architect? Jame concludes, "I’d be in my studio in the woods making art or perfecting my welding skills."