Newsletter | March 2021
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AAO Programming and Membership

  • We are pleased to announce that the 2021 Design Matters Conference will once again be held as a virtual event. This year’s conference will take place on Thursday and Friday, December 2 and 3. These are challenging times and the Design Matters Conference more than ever presents a vital opportunity to share knowledge, meet potential new collaborators, and increase your organizational capacity. Save the date!
  • Welcome new AAO Members: Brent Hoffmann (Chicago IL), Cristine Campos Stédile Da Silva (Marietta, GA), and the National Academy of Design. Not a member? Learn about the benefits of membership and consider joining.
  • The AAO board of directors is pleased to announce a new slate of officers: Lynn Osmond, Chair; Sarah Herda, Vice Chair; Michael Monti, Treasurer; and Anne-Marie Lubenau, Secretary.
  • For those of you who signed up for Virtual City Walks: International Edition, we are still awaiting confirmation from the Danish government as to when we will be permitted to offer the final installment in the series (Copenhagen). Registrants should stay tuned for more information.

Online Course: Reimagining Blackness and Architecture

On view through May 31, the MoMA exhibition Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America presents 11 commissioned works that "explore ways in which histories can be made visible and equity can be built." For those of us who cannot view the exhibition in person, MoMA offers a free six-week online course via Coursera, Reimagining Blackness and Architecture, which already has nearly 3,000 people enrolled. 

Member News Briefs

  • New London Architecture relaunched the Architecture Diary (pictured above), a guide to architecture and design events taking place in select cities and digitally. The open platform has listings for London, Boston, and New York and seeks partner organizations to launch Architecture Diaries in their own cities
  • Phineas Harper, director of Open City, wrote an article praising the decision to award the Pritzker Prize to a design team known for retrofits. Along the same lines, his organization recently launched The Open City Stewardship Awards, which celebrate excellence in holistic long-term care of the urban realm.
  • Seattle Design Festival releases the 2021 Call for Proposals. Festival organizers decided not to offer virtual programming this year, writing "we are optimistic about our plans for an outdoor Festival in August."
  • Exhibit Columbus hosted Design Presentations over Zoom for the fall 2021 exhibition, curated by Mimi Zeiger and Iker Gil. View the designers, sites, and guest critics from the March 19 and March 26 presentations. By the way, Zeiger, an LA-based editor, critic, and curator recently argued in Dezeen that "It's time to abolish the architecture critic."

Architecture Organizations with New Leadership

American Rescue Plan: Grants for Cultural Organizations

The latest U.S. pandemic relief act includes funding for government agencies to distribute to arts and cultural organizations.

The American Rescue Plan, which President Biden signed into law on March 11, includes $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), $135 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and $200 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to distribute.

Grant guidelines will be released in the coming weeks. 

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