Newsletter | April 2019
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AAO Design Matters Conference: Call for Presenters

Design Matters Conference 2019

We are pleased to announce our Open Call for Presenters for the 2019 Design Matters Conference. This year marks the 10th anniversary of AAO, and we'll convene in Chicago this November to not only reflect on our most impactful accomplishments during the last decade, but also to consider how our industry must continue to evolve.

We're seeking a wide variety of case studies and testimonials from our members and supporters that might be instructive or inspirational to industry peers--whether you forged a meaningful connection with a particular stakeholder, found an innovative means of fostering civic engagement in your community, or successfully diversified your staff or board. For younger staff members, especially, speaking at the AAO Design Matters Conference can be a terrific professional development opportunity.

View more information about the Conference and the Call for Presenters. Deadline is June 6!

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Join Us for a Discussion about Exhibition Sharing

Reprogramming the City
Mark your calendars! The next AAO exhibition sharing committee meeting will take place on May 22, 12:30-1:30pm Eastern Time. All AAO members are welcome to attend, whether or not they attended the first one. Meeting agenda and registration info to come.

Here are a few recent examples of traveling exhibitions from AAO members:
  • Reprogramming the City (pictured above installed in Oslo) originally debuted at BSA Space in Boston. When it was shown at the Virginia Center for Architecture, the executive director said "I cannot remember an exhibit that has drawn more comment and interest than this one."
  • AIA Minnesota recently opened Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip Hop Architecture in St. Paul, Minnesota, after it closed at the Center for Architecture in New York.
  • Evicted runs at the National Building Museum through May 19, then plans to travel from DC to at least ten destinations. One compelling feature is the interactive component, where visitors with personal experience with eviction (both tenants and landlords) can share stories.

Meet our new AAO Board Members!

New Board Members Pauline and Gregory
AAO is pleased to welcome Pauline Herrera Serianni and Gregory Wessner to the Board of Directors. Pauline serves as Executive Director of the Denver Architecture Foundation and Gregory is the Executive Director of Open House New York. Read more about their work and vision for the future of AAO.

K-12 Design Education

RIBA Clore Learning Centre
  • AAO Board Member Kelly Lyons wrote “Learning Through Architecture: Engaging Youth in the Profession” (pages 16-18) which highlights the power of the AAO network and mentions many members including John Martoni, Denver Architectural Foundation, Chicago Architecture Center, Seattle Architecture Foundation, Boston Society of Architects, Center for Architecture in New York, National Organization of Minority Architects, and Cranbrook Art Museum.
  • The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will open the Clore Learning Centre for Architecture in October 2019.
  • The K-12 architecture curriculum of the Architecture Foundation of British Columbia is featured in “Connecting with Kids” in i+D Magazine, along with the work of the Cooper Hewitt, Hip Hop Architecture Camp, and others.

Web Ideas for Architecture Organizations

DAC podcast
We noticed that two AAO Members have recently redesigned their websites, and find it interesting to see how architecture organizations present themselves online. Boston by Foot's new site has a streamlined navigation and emphasis on community programs. NOMA's new site puts their members forward by highlighting people, projects, and articles.

We also noticed how the Danish Architecture Center uses a variety of media to tell compelling stories, with images, text, video, an app, and a podcast series. If you haven't yet listened to "The Architecture City" weekly podcast, start with the first one featuring DAC CEO Kent Martinussen and OMA architect Ellen van Loon discussing (in English) DAC's new home, BLOX.

Member News Roundup

Het Nieuwe Instituut
  • Neuhaus, a temporary transdisciplinary academy, takes over Het Nieuwe Instituut (pictured above) for four months in the spirit of the Bauhaus.
  • Four Graham Foundation fellows and grantees will be featured in the Whitney Biennial which opens May 17.
  • The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design is initiating an open call for 2019 Board of Directors nominations. 
  • The Rudy Bruner Award partnered with Metropolis Magazine to showcase the program's finalists.
  • Two AAO Member organizations, Rice Design Alliance and AIA Minnesota wrote about the new Chicago Architecture Center in the context of plans for architecture centers in their own cities.

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