Newsletter | June 2017
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Registration is Open for the 2017 Design Matters Conference

This year's Design Matters Conference coincides with the opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, a time when architects from around the world travel to Chicago. The city's cultural institutions have come together to offer a packed weekend of architecture events, so plan to stay a few extra days and soak it all in. 

Here's a quick look at the conference schedule.

Thursday, September 14
  • Opening press conference for the Chicago Architecture Biennial (exhibition preview)
  • Breakouts on fundraising, volunteer management, and social media 
  • Plenary on temporary installations
  • Reception and networking time with Conference attendees
Friday, September 15
  • Keynote on how cities are changing (emphasis on equity challenges/solutions)
  • Plenary on catalyzing civic participation
  • Breakouts on service design and K-12 design education
  • Happy hour and Chicago Architecture Biennial VIP Preview Party
View the full schedule and learn about the speakers, then register today!

Also check out the June 27th curatorial update from Biennial Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee for a sense of what to expect from the 141 participants.

Upcoming AAO Webinar: Creating an Architecture Center

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Mark you calendars! The next AAO webinar will take place on July 27 from 11am-noon Central Time. We'll have speakers from three architecture centers that have either recently opened or plan to open soon: Bring your questions about space planning, fundraising, partnerships, program planning, media outreach, and whatever else you'd like to know about opening a new space. More details coming soon.

Member News Roundup


Grand Opening: ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture

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The new ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture held its grand opening celebration on May 17. The American Society of Landscape Architects worked with architecture firm Gensler and landscape architecture firm Oehme van Sweden to turn its Washington headquarters into a state-of-the-art Center that embodies the mission, vision, and values of ASLA, featuring flexible meeting, reception, and exhibition spaces.

AAO spoke with Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, Executive Vice President/CEO of ASLA, about the new Center, its potential impact, and plans for the future. Read about their popular green roof and plans for a "complete street" demonstration project on their block.

Interview with Ellie Howard of the Architecture Foundation


In March, the Architecture Foundation (London) appointed Eleanor Howard to the newly-created position of Projects Leader to coordinate events, lead research, and develop the growing network of volunteers. She joins the core team of four staff members who have been rebooting the organization's program since Ellis Woodman started as Director two years ago.

AAO interviewed Eleanor about the impetus for the creation of the new position and what initiatives are in store for the future. For instance, did you know the Architecture Foundation just released an app this week?

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