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Newsletter | February 2021
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Member News Briefs

  • The Architectural League announces the 2021 Emerging Voices winners, who include past AAO Design Matters Conference speakers Pascale Sablan and Sara Zewde (whose work is pictured above). A free series of Zoom lectures with the winners begins March 11.
  • Rice Design Alliance posted a recording of its virtual gala, which features a sneak peek at the newly rebuilt Architecture Center Houston (see minute 45 in the video).
  • Twenty-four short videos are available from The World Around Summit 2021, organized by Beatrice Galilee. Incidentally, Galilee's new book, Radical Architecture of the Future (Phaidon), was published in January.
  • Pamela Puchalski was appointed Executive Director of Open House New York.
  • AAO welcomes new organizational member Pratt Institute, School of Architecture (Brooklyn, NY).

Public Virtual Seminar Series

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence is partnering with the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University to present the Spring 2021 Myra Kraft Open Classroom: Inspiring Design, a free virtual semester-long seminar series. The series features AAO board member Anne-Marie Lubenau, as well as many familiar faces from past AAO events, including Ted Landsmark, Jason Schupbach, Raj Mankad, Ron Bogle, and Maurice Cox.

Virtual Tours and Interpretative Maps

  • Friends of Architecture Santa Fe launched Spaces Speak, an "online portal for crowd-sourced virtual architecture tours."
  • Harvard Graduate School of Design's African American Design Nexus launched the Harlem StoryMap, an interactive map of spaces created by Black architects and urbanists. 
  • The Municipal Art Society of New York offers a full slate of paid virtual tours based on its walking tour program. 
  • The Center for Architecture (New York) announces a family-friendly free online architectural scavenger hunt of the South Street Seaport area using Google Earth. The event is scheduled for March 2.

Young People Leading Change

  • Students at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas have created a 68-page design ed activity book for middle school students, "Design Toward Justice." The project was created by the school's Freedom by Design chapter, the community service program of AIA Students.
  • The students who run the Society of Architectural Historians chapter at University of Virginia changed the group's name from "The Thomas Jefferson Chapter" to UVA SAH in order to further their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
  • The NOMA student chapter at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture has produced a glossary of architectural language that perpetuates racism.

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