Architect of the Capitol
U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, DC 20515
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| Architect of the Capitol ||Stephen T. Ayers |
| Deputy Architect/Chief Operating Officer ||Christine A. Merdon |
| Assistant Architect of the Capitol ||Michael G. Turnbull |
| Superintendent, U.S. Capitol ||Carlos Elias |
| Superintendent, Capitol Grounds ||Ted Bechtol |
| Chief Executive Officer, Capitol Visitor Center ||Beth Plemmons |
| Chief Administrative Officer ||David Ferguson |
| Chief Financial Officer ||Thomas Carroll |
| Director of Congressional and External Relations ||Mike Culver |
| General Counsel ||Peter Kushner |
| Superintendent, House Office Buildings ||William Weidemeyer |
| Inspector General ||Carol Bates |
| Superintendent, Library of Congress Buildings and Grounds ||Gregory Simmons |
| Director, Planning and Project Management ||Anna Franz |
| Director, Safety, Fire, and Environmental Programs ||Susan Adams |
| Director, Security Programs ||Kenneth Eads |
| Superintendent, Senate Office Buildings ||Robin Morey |
| Superintendent, U.S. Supreme Court ||James Yellman |
| Director, U.S. Botanic Garden ||Holly H. Shimizu |
| Director of Utilities, U.S. Capitol Power Plant ||Christopher Potter, Acting |
The Architect of the Capitol maintains the U.S. Capitol and the buildings and grounds of the Capitol complex.
The Architect of the Capitol is charged with operating and maintaining the buildings of the Capitol complex committed to his care by Congress. Permanent authority for the care and maintenance of the Capitol was established by the act of August 15, 1876 (40 U.S.C. 162, 163). The Architect's duties include the preservation and mechanical and structural maintenance of the Capitol, the conservation and care of works of art in the building under the Architect's jurisdiction, the upkeep and improvement of the Capitol grounds, and the arrangement of inaugural and other ceremonies held in the building or on the grounds.
In addition to the Capitol, the Architect is responsible for the upkeep of all of the congressional office buildings, the Library of Congress buildings, the U.S. Supreme Court building, the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, the Capitol Power Plant, the Capitol Police headquarters, and the Robert A. Taft Memorial. The Architect performs his duties in connection with the Senate side of the Capitol and the Senate office buildings subject to the approval of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. In matters of general policy in connection with the House office buildings, his activities are subject to the approval and direction of the House Office Building Commission. The Architect is under the direction of the Speaker in matters concerning the House side of the Capitol. He is subject to the oversight of the Committee on House Administration with respect to many administrative matters affecting operations on the House side of the Capitol complex. In addition, the Architect of the Capitol serves as the Acting Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden under the Joint Committee on the Library.
The position of Architect of the Capitol was historically filled by Presidential appointment for an indefinite term. Legislation enacted in 1989 provides that the Architect is to be appointed for a term of 10 years by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, from a list of three candidates recommended by a congressional commission. Upon confirmation by the Senate, the Architect becomes an official of the legislative branch as an officer of Congress. He is eligible for reappointment after completion of his term.
Projects carried out by the Architect of the Capitol include operating the Capitol Visitor Center; conservation of murals and decorative paintings in the Capitol; improvement of speech-reinforcement, electrical, and fire-protection systems in the Capitol and congressional office buildings; work on security improvements within the Capitol complex; renovation, restoration, and modification of the interiors and exteriors of the Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Buildings of the Library of Congress and provision of off-site book storage facilities for the Library; and facility management of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building.http://www.aoc.gov