@StateDept Picks Jeanne Gang to Design the New Embassy Compound in Brasilia

Posted: 1:47 am EDT
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On March 8, the State Department announced the selection of Studio Gang Architects of Chicago, Illinois, for the design of the new U.S. Embassy compound in Brasilia, Brazil.  American architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang is the founding principal of Studio Gang. Her Writers Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois and the Folsom Bay Tower in San Francisco are enchanting. See some of her projects here.

Studio Gang Architects was selected from a very talented shortlist of six architecture/engineering (A/E) teams that had advanced to the final round of presentations and interviews. Studio Gang presented a strong and cohesive team approach with more than 20 years of collaborative experience executing projects with complex constraints at challenging sites.

The multi-building campus will be situated on the existing 4.8 hectares (12-acre) Chancery complex within the city’s “Diplomatic Sector” near the seat of the Brazilian government. The project will rebuild the compound and includes: a Chancery, Marine Security Guard Residence, support facilities, perimeter security, and facilities for the Embassy community.


U.S. Embassy Banjul Suspends Consular Services Until Further Notice

Posted: 1:06 am EDT
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On March 2, the U.S. Embassy in Banjul, The Gambia announced the closure of its consular services (except for American Citizen Services) until further notice.

According to local media, visa applicants have been told by Embassy Banjul to schedule their appointments with the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

For visa applicants, the US Embassy Banjul had this to say: “If your need for services is immediate, please schedule an appointment with the U.S. Embassy in Dakar.  Please note that the wait times for some appointments in Dakar exceed the amount of time that we expect to be closed. We appreciate your patience, and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.”

We’ve reached out to the embassy but have not heard anything back. The embassy’s Twitter account @USEmbassyBanjul does not carry any detail of this announcement. Its FB page and website has the same announcement but contains no other details of the suspension of consular services  except that they’re hoping “to re-open appointments sometime around March 20, 2016 (though we cannot guarantee that date).”