Newsletter | August 2019
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Climate Change, Social Justice, Affordable Housing: Relevant Issues

At the 2019 Design Matters Conference, we'll be looking to the near future and the various ways architecture organizations must aim to be relevant. Some of those are internal decisions and some of those are foisted upon organizations by larger real world events. In that spirit, here is a short list of timely articles on big topics that should be of interest to community-engaged design organizations. 

Honoring Vincent Scully

The Chicago Architecture Center recently presented the inaugural edition of its Vincent Scully Masterclass Series, which much like Scully's famed Yale classes, makes architectural history engaging and accessible to general audiences. Watch video clips of Reed Kroloff delivering lectures on American architecture as part of the series.

The National Building Museum and its long-standing Vincent Scully Prize recognizes "exemplary practice, scholarship, or criticism in architecture, historic preservation, and urban design." Now in its 19th year, the 2019 Prize goes to landscape architect Elizabeth K. Meyer.

[After teaching for more than 60 years, Vincent Scully passed away in 2017. Read critic Blair Kamin's Vincent Scully obituary in the Chicago Tribune.]

Member News Roundup

Citymaking Sessions
  • Open City launches the Citymaking Sessions program with a one-day convention exploring how cities are made (pictured above).
  • The month-long Architecture + the City Festival in San Francisco addresses the theme "We the City" this year.
  • Quinn Evans Architects was selected to design the new Baltimore Center for Architecture and Design, which will host AIA Baltimore, Baltimore Architecture Foundation, and local chapters of allied organizations NOMA, ULI, ASLA, and APA.
  • Tune into an October 7 AIA webinar on the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence and specifically the award-winning Vertical Village in Memphis.
  • Metropolis interviews Toni Griffin on the Just City Lab at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
  • Building Matters Ann Arbor will launch architecture tours this fall.
  • A planner in Campbell, California writes about his experience teaching urban planning to second graders through the APA Ambassador program.
  • The Community Design Collaborative produced Miracle on 7th Street for the AIA Film Challenge. Voting for the People's Choice Award is open through September 27!

Why Create a Prize?

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is creating an International Landscape Architecture Prize that will begin in 2021. What caught our attention was the webpage Why Create a Prize? that details the rationale, history, and funding for the prize. The Nominee Qualifications, Jury Process, and Governance may also be of interest to architecture organizations. We enjoyed their method for testing the prize criteria: If the Prize Had Existed 50 Years Ago, Who Might Have Received It? 

Member Exhibitions

Did you know that the AAO website has an entire section on Member Events and Exhibitions? Browse listings of architecture exhibitions happening around the world, such as BIG Presents Formgiving at the Danish Architecture Center (pictured above).

If you don't see yours listed, AAO members may upload their own or email Mary Fichtner for assistance.

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