2011 AAO Members' Weekend

This year’s AAO Members’ Weekend took an investigative plunge into climate change and related issues of sustainability in the built environment. A group of 16 AAO members headed out to ground zero for climate change: Alaska.

Attendees won’t soon forget our trip out to see the receding Portage Glacier, and an incredible visit with tribal elders in the Arctic village of Kivalina, who shared with us how their daily routines are being endangered with the rising tides and temperatures. Special acknowledgement is due to the Alaska Design Forum and its board members for so graciously hosting us in Anchorage, and arranging a terrific reception at the House for a Musher, where we got to see the world-class dog training operation of four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser. I think all of us will be scanning the sports pages next March to see cheer on Martin.

Many, many thanks to all the members and Board members for their great sense of adventure and good cheer all the weekend through.

Stay tuned for details on the 2012 AAO Members’ Weekend.

-Michael Wood, AAO Executive Director

Read more about climate change in Alaska:

Documenting the climate change issues in the Village of Kivalina. We met with tribal elders and village council in Kivalina.

A larger brief on climate change issues. We met with the National Park Service in Kotzebue.

Most recent work by Charles Wohlforth, a guest speaker at our AAO Board meeting.