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The Architect of the Capitol’s challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic buildings; adapting state-of-the-art technology; and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations in a rich historical setting.
The Architect of the Capitol's challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic...

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Senator Inouye will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, December...
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Solving Problems One Challenge at a Time

By Erin Courtney

Two examples of what an empowered and innovative workforce looks like in day-to-day operations at the AOC.

Group photo of members of the AOC Capitol Grounds team with the Safety Sign.
March 1, 2016
The lion, with its prominent mane, is a popular symbol in art and architecture on the Capitol campus.More »
Constantino Brumidi's The Apotheosis of George Washington
February 22, 2016
Approximately 35 pieces of art feature or include Washington's likeness in the U.S. Capitol. Which is your favorite?More »
February 10, 2016
The Architect of the Capitol is proud of our role in caring for and preserving these tributes to the role African Americans have played in shaping the course of our country's history.More »
Fire safety in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.
January 30, 2016
Modern technology enables the AOC to take precautions and prevent potentially harmful fires from ravaging our nation's treasures.More »
January 27, 2016
An AOC employee gives back and shares his knowledge with students, not just about elevators, but about broader career opportunities.More »
Barron Dill (second from right) and his fellow AOC colleagues.
January 20, 2016
Volunteering at the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School is an experience that continues to enrich lives.More »
AOC curator team at the foundry in Philadelphia.
January 7, 2016
On a recent visit to the foundry, members of the AOC Curator Division observed the casting process in action, including the dramatic moment when the molten bronze is poured.More »
Photo from February 2015.
January 6, 2016
The warmer temperatures have helped the AOC get ahead on other projects, but as the winter season continues, everyone is keeping a close eye on the forecast.More »
The clock above the door on the east side of the Capitol Rotunda.
December 31, 2015
All eyes are on the clocks as we countdown on New Years Eve. These clocks around the Capitol campus also get plenty of attention throughout the rest of the year.More »
2015 Year in Review
December 18, 2015
This year has been one of many great moments at the Architect of the Capitol and on Capitol Hill. As 2015 comes to a close, relive some of the highlights through our photos.More »
First official photo of the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree.
December 2, 2015
The mild and misty December air crackled with excitement as the Architect of the Capitol, members of Congress, congressional staff, Capitol Hill neighbors and tourists gathered on the West Front Lawn for the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree.More »
Chugach National Forest in Alaska
October 28, 2015
How do you pick a single tree from an area that stretches across all of south-central Alaska? AOC's Superintendent of the Capitol Grounds explores the Chugach National Forest for "the one."More »
Associate architects from DeWitt, Poor, Swanke, Shelton & Almond selecting materials for exterior of Library of Congress Madison Building.
October 22, 2015
Today, a Congressional Gold Medal will be presented in recognition of the Monuments Men. Here, we highlight just a few of these heroes with their accomplishments seen on Capitol Hill, from the outside of the buildings to the rooms and artwork within.More »
His Holiness Pope Francis addressing the crowds assembled along the West Front.
October 14, 2015
Multiple jurisdictions worked together to prepare for Pope Francis' historic arrival at the U.S. Capitol last month, treating it much like a rehearsal for the next presidential inauguration. More »
Photo of a worker in front of the kiosk.
October 9, 2015
The Cannon Renewal team explores a new way of viewing drawings in the field, bringing a 21st-century approach to field coordination and quality control as a model for the future of construction.More »

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