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Architect of the Capitol

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, DC 20515

202-228-1793
http://www.aoc.gov

ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL Thomas J. Carroll III, Acting
Deputy Architect of the Capitol (vacancy)

DIRECTORS
Communications and Congressional Relations Erin Courtney, Acting
Safety, Fire and Environmental Programs Patricia Williams

General Counsel Jason Baltimore
https://www.aoc.gov/organization/acting-architect

Jurisdictions Reporting to the Architect

Jurisdictions Reporting to the Architect
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR VISITOR SERVICES
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Beth Plemmons
https://www.aoc.gov/jurisdiction/capitol-visitor-center
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
U.S. Botanic Garden Saharah Moon Chapotin
https://www.aoc.gov/jurisdiction/botanic-garden

OPERATIONS

OPERATIONS
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (vacancy)

CHIEF OFFICERS
Administrative William R. O'Donnell
Financial Jonathan Kraft, Acting

DIRECTOR
Planning and Project Management Peter W. Mueller

Jurisdictions Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer

Jurisdictions Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer
DIRECTORS
Capitol Grounds and Arboretum James Kaufmann
Capitol Police Buildings, Grounds and Security Val Hasberry, Acting
Capitol Power Plant Christopher Potter

FACILITY MANAGER
Supreme Court Building and Grounds Joseph A. Campbell

SUPERINTENDENTS
Capitol Building Mark Reed
House Office Buildings Michelle Kayon, Acting
Library Buildings and Grounds Antonio M. Edmonds
Senate Office Buildings Lawrence Barr, Acting
https://www.aoc.gov/organizational-directory

Office of Inspector General

Office of Inspector General
Inspector General Christopher P. Failla
https://www.aoc.gov/oig/inspector-general

The above list of key personnel was updated 10–2019.

The above list of key personnel was updated 10–2019.

The Architect of the Capitol maintains the U.S. Capitol and the buildings and grounds of the Capitol campus.

ESTABLISHMENT AND ORGANIZATION

The origins of the office of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) may be traced to the act of July 16, 1790, that established "the temporary and permanent seat of the Government of the United States" (1 Stat. 130).

https://www.loc.gov/law/help/statutes-at-large/1st-congress/session-2/c1s2ch28.pdf

The title Architect of the Capitol is the official title of both the agency and the person who heads it. The act of August 15, 1876, that made "appropriations for the legislative, executive, and judicial expenses of the Government . . . and for other purposes" established permanent authority for the care and maintenance of the U.S. Capitol (19 Stat. 147).

https://www.loc.gov/law/help/statutes-at-large/44th-congress/session-1/c44s1ch287.pdf

Prior to 1989, the President selected the Architect for an unlimited term and without any formal action by Congress. An act of November 21, 1989, that made "appropriations for the Legislative Branch . . . and for other purposes" changed the procedure. This statute, which is also cited as the "Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1990," stipulates that the President appoints the Architect of the Capitol for a term of 10 years, by the advice and with the consent of the Senate, from a list of at least three candidates whom a congressional commission recommends (103 Stat. 1068). Upon confirmation by the Senate, the Architect becomes an official of the legislative branch as an officer of Congress. The Architect is eligible for reappointment at the end of his or her 10-year term. While overseeing the agency, the Architect also serves as the Acting Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden.

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/STATUTE-103/pdf/STATUTE-103-Pg1041.pdf

The Congressional Research Service prepared the report "Architect of the Capitol: Appointment, Duties, and Current Issues," which includes a section on the statutory evolution of the Architect's office. Mildred Amer, a specialist on the Congress, of the Government and Finance Division, prepared the report in October of 2008.

https://www.everycrsreport.com/reports/RL32820.html

An organizational directory is available online.

https://www.aoc.gov/organizational-directory

ACTIVITIES

The Architect of the Capitol serves the Congress and Supreme Court in its capacity as the builder and steward of the landmark buildings and grounds of Capitol Hill. AOC employees preserve and maintain the art, historic buildings, monuments, and gardens on the Capitol campus. Comprising more than 2,000 employees and providing around-the-clock service, the AOC team creates a safe environment and inspiring experiences for those who visit or work on Capitol Hill.

The agency oversees the operations and care of more than 17.4 million square feet of facilities, 580 acres of grounds, and thousands of works of art. The Capitol campus accommodates 30,000 daily occupants and hosts more than 3 million visitors annually.

https://www.aoc.gov/defining-aoc

Sources of Information

Architecture

A trove of information on columns, materials, styles, and more is available on the AOC website.

https://www.aoc.gov/architecture

Art

The AOC website includes pages on AOC art stories, artists, art by State, decorative arts, paintings and murals, and sculptures, as well as on African Americans, Native Americans, and women in art.

https://www.aoc.gov/art

Blog

AOC experts write on the architecture, art, and work on the Capitol Hill.

http://www.aoc.gov/blog

Business Opportunities

Information for contractors and small businesses—delivery instructions, procedures, procurement opportunities, and programs—is accessible online.

https://www.aoc.gov/procurement

Career Opportunities

The AOC relies heavily on architects, carpenters, electricians, engineers, gardeners, masons, mechanics, painters and plasterers, plumbers, and sheet metal workers to maintain the U.S. Capitol and the buildings and grounds of the surrounding campus.

https://www.aoc.gov/careers

In 2018, The AOC ranked 9th among 27 midsize Government agencies in the Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/rankings/detail/AC00

Events

The AOC website contains pages of events associated with the U.S. Capitol and Botanic Garden. Events include Christmas tree displays, concerts, lying in state, Presidential Inaugurations, and State of the Union addresses.

https://www.aoc.gov/capitol-campus-events

Facts

Capitol Hill facts are posted on the AOC website.

https://www.aoc.gov/facts/capitol-hill

Gallery

A multimedia gallery is available online.

https://www.aoc.gov/multimedia-gallery

Grounds

Frederick L. Olmsted planned the late 19th-century expansion and landscaping of the Capitol Grounds. Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City, was regarded as the most talented American landscape architect of his day. The "About the Grounds" web page features an informative 4-minute video on his plan for the U.S. Capitol.

https://www.aoc.gov/capitol-grounds/about-grounds

History

President George Washington appointed commissioners to provide buildings and accommodations for Congress. The commissioners hired the French artist and engineer Major Pierre Charles L'Enfant, a Revolutionary War veteran, to lay out the new city. They also staged a competition for the design of the Capitol. Dr. William Thornton's entry won the competition. To learn more about the first "architect of the capitol" and the Architects that followed, visit the AOC's history web pages.

https://www.aoc.gov/about-aoc/history-architect

Map

A map of Capitol Hill is available online.

https://www.aoc.gov/us-capitol-map

News

The AOC posts news and notices on its website.

https://www.aoc.gov/news

Oversight

The Office of the Inspector General from the AOC posts reports and data on Oversight.gov, a text-searchable repository of reports that Federal Inspectors General publish. The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency operates and maintains the website to increase public access to independent and authoritative information on the Federal Government.

https://oversight.gov

Planning a Visit

Information on accessibility services, activities, tours, visiting hours, and where to shop and eat is available online.

http://www.aoc.gov/plan-your-visit

Projects

The AOC never lacks things to preserve or restore. Visit the "Projects" web page to learn about ongoing work.

https://www.aoc.gov/projects

Publications

The AOC publishes a variety of publications that are accessible online.

https://www.aoc.gov/publications

Site Map

The website map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

https://www.aoc.gov/sitemap

Social Media

The AOC tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/uscapitol

The AOC has a Facebook account.

https://www.facebook.com/ArchitectoftheCapitol

The AOC posts videos on its YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/AOCgov

Trees

Approximately 890 trees surround the Capitol Building on Capitol Square, and more than 4,300 trees grow throughout the 274-acre Capitol Grounds. A tree map is available on the "Trees on Capitol Grounds" web page.

https://www.aoc.gov/trees

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