A round-up of trending stories relevant to architectural organizations and AAO Member Spotlights. Plus, you make the news! Timely posts by and for AAO Members.

When brutalist architecture meets high-tech city planning

Walking around the three glass mushrooms levitating in the centre of Prague just minutes from the Charles Square leaves one with a distinctly dystopian feel. The Karel Prager designed buildings from the early 1970s don’t exactly emanate a modern feel. But walk through the bright white neon that spell the letters C A M P and you will find yourself in a parallel universe.

AAO at ICAM19 in Copenhagen

ICAM19 Program
A delegation of AAO members visited the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen earlier this month to take part in a series of meetings with members of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums as part of the ICAM19. The conference theme, “Migrating Ideas,” examined several connections and mutual interests among members of our respective networks.
These photos of the gathering are from AAO Executive Director Michael Wood.

The Opening of the Chicago Architecture Center

The storied 50-year history of the Chicago Architecture Foundation—long regarded as a global leader in architectural tours, design education, and, more recently, as successful participants in the Open House Worldwide movement—started a new chapter on August 31 when the Chicago Architecture Center officially opened to public visitors.

New Architecture Centers in Dallas and Chicago

Last month, we brought you news about the opening of BLOX, the Danish Architecture Center's new home. This month, we have updates and new renderings for two other architecture centers set to open soon: the Chicago Architecture Center and AD EX (the Architecture and Design Exchange, pictured above) in Dallas.

Notes from the opening of a new Danish Architecture Center

On May 7, 2018, the Danish Architecture Center welcomed the world to Copenhagen and to its long-awaited new home. DAC is Denmark’s national center for the development and dissemination of knowledge about architecture, building, and urban development. With the move, DAC has transformed into a larger and more visible organization that provides visitors an orientation to Danish architecture, design and livable cities. New DAC staff member Jen Masengarb, senior project manager for international visitors (and formerly the director of interpretation and research at the Chicago Architecture Foundation) reports for AAO members.

Meet AAO Board Member Ben Prosky

We are pleased to welcome Ben Prosky, Executive Director of AIA New York and the Center for Architecture, to the AAO Board of Directors. Ben has been a leader in the curation and development of architecture-related programming both in the United States and internationally, and his work revolves around the importance of communicating the importance of design to broad audiences. Read more about his work and vision for AAO below.

Member Anniversary Celebrations

Organizational anniversaries can be a unique opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come, celebrate our accomplishments, and to consider where we’d like to go in the future. From simple reflection to parties and programs, here’s a look at how a few members of the AAO community have commemorated these important milestones.

Q&A with Eleanor Howard, Projects Leader at the Architecture Foundation

Eleanor Howard

In March, the Architecture Foundation appointed Eleanor Howard to the newly-created position of Projects Leader. Based in London, The Architecture Foundation is a coalition of architects, clients, professionals, and public campaiging for a better built environment. Eleanor took some time to speak with us recently about the impetus for the creation of the new position and what exciting initiatives are in store for the future.


Q&A with Nancy Somerville on the ASLA's new Center for Landscape Architecture

Green roof

The American Society of Landscape Architects' new Center for Landscape Architecture officially opened to the public in May. ALSA worked with architecture firm Gensler and landscape architecture firm Oehme van Sweden to turn its Washington headquarters into a state-of-the-art Center that embodies the mission, vision, and values of ASLA, featuring flexible meeting, reception, and exhibition spaces.

Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, Executive Vice President/CEO of ASLA, spoke with us about the new Center, its potential impact, and plans for the future.


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