Museum’s Photography Exhibition on the Architectural Evolution of Silicon Valley

LOS ALTOS, CA (July 18, 2023) Los Altos History Museum is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition of photographs by artist Richard Adler. Titled “Building the Future: A Visual History of the Architecture of Silicon Valley,” the exhibition will be on display from August 3 to October 22, 2023, offering visitors a journey through the transformation of Silicon Valley’s high-tech architecture.


Richard Adler’s photography showcases the evolution of Silicon Valley’s architectural landscape, from the humble garage where Hewlett Packard was founded to the dramatic headquarters buildings of the past decade by companies like Apple, Adobe, Google and Nvidia. Through stunning visuals, the exhibition immerses visitors in the history and significance of these iconic structures, shedding light on their locations and unique designs.


Curated artifacts related to these buildings, including a shingle from the HP garage, a program from the 50th anniversary of Moffett Field, and architectural sketches, will accompany the exhibition. This diverse collection aims to deepen visitors’ understanding of the motivations behind these buildings while providing a glimpse into the future through renderings of upcoming projects.


“Richard Adler’s ability to capture the essence of these architectural masterpieces in his photography is truly remarkable,” said Exhibits Specialist Jordan Grealish. “The exhibition offers an opportunity for visitors to explore these renowned buildings and gain a deeper appreciation for their significance. It also serves as a catalyst for conversations about the trajectory of architecture and its future direction.”


Richard Adler, a researcher, consultant, and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future, arrived in Palo Alto in 1972, just as Silicon Valley was emerging. With over 50 years of experience in photography, Richard has received awards for his work, and exhibited his photographs of traditional architecture in Kyoto, Japan, and at the San Francisco Zen Center in 2003.


While Richard primarily worked with film throughout his photographic career, all the images featured in this exhibition are digital, showcasing his adaptability to evolving technologies.


In conjunction with the exhibition, the Los Altos History Museum will host a special program titled  “Conversations and Reflections: The Stories Behind the Buildings.” This event, to be held on Thursday, August 17, from 5:30 to 7pm will feature Richard Adler and Professor Barry Katz, whose Stanford course on the architecture of Silicon Valley inspired the exhibit. The conversation will explore the visionary tech leaders and architects who have shaped the showcased buildings. Registration for this program is required and can be done at The cost is $10 per person, with free admission for museum members.


The Los Altos History Museum welcomes visitors to explore the exhibition, free of charge, from Thursday to Sunday, between noon and 4pm. To learn more about “Building the Future: A Visual History of the Architecture of Silicon Valley,” visit


Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibitsstore and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.


The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. Tours of the J. Gilbert Smith House are available during open hours. The outdoor agricultural exhibit, gardens and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.


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