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I am Justin Shubow

President of the National Civic Art Society, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. that promotes the classical and humanistic tradition in public art and architecture. I am also Chairman of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, an independent federal agency comprising seven presidential appointees who are the aesthetic guardians of Washington.

Speaking at AEI About the Executive Order on Federal Architecture – Oct. 19

In February, NPR and other news outlets reported on a leaked draft of an Executive Order titled “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again.” According to those reports, President Trump is considering signing the Order, which would re-orient federal architecture in a classical and traditional direction. At present, federal architecture is … Continue reading

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Roman and Williams to Honor the National Civic Art Society on March 10 in NYC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2016 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 The National Civic Art Society is delighted to announce that on March 10 in New York City, the developers of the new Fitzroy condo building in Chelsea are hosting a party at which the Society will be honored. Roman and Williams – the … Continue reading

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Speaking in NYC About Federal Architecture on Dec. 17

On December 17 at the National Arts Club in New York, I’m going to be speaking about federal architecture. Here’s the description from the club’s bulletin: Justin Shubow: The Architecture of Democracy Wednesday, December 17, 8:00 PM The General Services … Continue reading

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Speaking on Capitol Hill About the Eisenhower Memorial on July 18

Capitol Hill Luncheon and Briefing on the Eisenhower Memorial July 18, 2014, at Noon Rayburn House Office Building, room 2247 The National Civic Art Society cordially invites you to a lunch briefing on the planned National Eisenhower Memorial. The briefing will … Continue reading

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Speaking About Architecture and Nihilism at the Michael Oakeshott Association Conference on Sept. 28

On Saturday, September 28, 2013, I’ll be giving a talk at the biennial conference of the Michael Oakeshott Association. (Full conference program here.) The theme of the conference, which is being held at Colorado College, is Modernity and Its Discontents. … Continue reading

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We Must Preserve the Founders’ Classical Vision for Our Nation’s Capital

Below is an essay I published in Public Discourse last month. It is an adaptation of the June 1, 2012 testimony I delivered before the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands on “The Future of the … Continue reading

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