At its annual Awards Gala on May 3, the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects recognized 17 projects with professional awards. A Merit Award for Design-Unbuilt was issued to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute for Experience Migration.  
 
Experience Migration is part of a major revitalization project at the National Zoological Park that encompasses the Great Flight Cage, Birdhouse Plateau, historic Bird House, and the surrounding area. According to the National Zoo, Experience Migration is "a first-of-its-kind attraction that immerses visitors in the annual journeys of western hemisphere birds...Through themed walk-through aviaries, interactive experiences and dynamic educational programming, Experience Migration will inspire and connect visitors to birds in entirely new ways."  
 
Collaborating closely with the Smithsonian NZP and CBI, Quinn Evans Architects led a multi-disciplined team for the development of this project that includes exhibit design and landscape architecture partners The Portico Group. 
 
The National Zoo exhibits living animal and plant collections and conducts groundbreaking research in conservation biology and reproductive science. Each year, more than two million people visit the National Zoo’s 163-acre park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the heart of Washington, D.C., to learn about more than 2,000 animals on exhibit representing nearly 400 species.