Newsletter | August 2022
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New directions for AAO member organizations

  • Philadelphia Center for Architecture and Design released an RFQ for a Feasibility Study and Master Plan for expanding the Center to support "evolving institutional goals." 
  • AIA Chicago revamps its annual Design Excellence Awards and makes the award ceremony more inclusive. This year's DESIGNIGHT will be a free public celebration at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Award categories now include People's Choice (presented with the Chicago Architecture Center), Architecture XS to XL, Lifetime Achievement, Decarbonization, and Architecture for Social Justice.
  • District Architecture Center in Washington D.C. asked photographers (professional and amateur) to take a closer look at the city's architecture. Submissions are featured in the current exhibition Capital Curiosities and also in ArchitectureDC, AIA|DC’s magazine.
  • Taliesin Preservation and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announce that work is underway at Taliesin and Taliesin West to “restore and reinterpret [their] spaces while maintaining the essence of both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.” 
  • Ellen Lupton reflects on her 30 years at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The curator appreciates how "writing and design can work together to create public knowledge and cultural content." Author of 34 books, including Design as Storytelling, she's a proponent for publications as a way to ensure exhibition content lives on and reaches people outside of the museum space.

Architecture organizations tackle pressing issues

Gentrification: is investment without displacement possible? 
  • Scott Kratz, the former VP for Education at the National Building Museum, has been exploring this question over the last decade as the director of the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington D.C.. Roughly half of the park's $177 million budget has been spent on affordable housing, job training, and community empowerment. Construction on the park designed by Olin and OMA is set to start next year. For an in-depth look at the project, read "Can Anacostia Build a Bridge Without Displacing Its People?" in the New York Times.
Ukraine reconstruction and refugee resettlement: how can the international architecture community help people and places devastated by war? Political and social division: how can the built environment encourage people to help one another?

Funding assistance to increase impact

New players in the architecture organizations field

  • Architecture at Home, curated by Dylan Turk, is the inaugural architecture exhibition of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Five outdoor installations explore the concept of "home" and the future of housing in Northwest Arkansas.
  • The late Leland Burns bequeathed his 1973 California home to the Charles Moore Foundation. According to director Kevin Keim, in addition to preserving the building, "the Burns House will become a place devoted to music and architecture, a house for learning and scholarship, of rehearsal and study, of performance and creation.”

Searching the right talent pools when hiring

How does your organization attract and retain staff? The current churn in the job market demonstrates a significant shift in workplace expectations.

The article "The Great Attrition is making hiring harder. Are you searching the right talent pools?" from McKinsey argues that today, organizations must build a value proposition that appeals to nontraditional applicants, be creative in talent-sourcing approaches, and make jobs "sticky" by focusing on meaning and belonging. 

It's an interesting read, worth browsing to see how your organization's recent hiring practices compare.

Jobs & Opportunities

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