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So Danish! Exhibition Recap

After years of repeated requests from visitors, the Danish Architecture Center team takes its hand at delivering a comprehensive but manageable review of Danish design history, from the Viking era to present day.

Exit Interview: Lynn Osmond, Chicago Architecture Center

After 25 great years leading the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), Lynn Osmond recently moved on to become the new President and CEO of Choose Chicago, the city’s visitor and convention bureau. Her last day with CAC came in late April, but she will continue on with the AAO Board of Directors through this fall.


We took a moment to capture Lynn’s reflections and perspective gained through her many years engaging with people and organizations across our field.

1. How has the field of architecture organizations changed since you started 25 years ago?

Job: publishing and communication manager

arc en rêve is seeking to recruit a publishing and communication manager


Under the supervision of the director, the publishing and communication manager is in charge of all on-line and paper publishing and communication for the institution.
They supervise the management of information flows and editorial aspects of arc en rêve. Their aim is to support the mission of arc en rêve with a coherent strategy applied to a range of different vectors (books, printed matter, website, social media, relations with national and international media).

Survey Results Are In: Covid Re-Opening Preparedness

Thanks to all who completed AAO’s Re-Opening Readiness Survey this past April. Twenty percent architecture centers and cultural organizations responded to this questionnaire assessing the state of our members’ near-future planning, and concerns around preparing for re-opening to staff, the public, and the eventual arrival of in-person and hybrid programming. Click through for a summary of the results.


Beyond the Build Environment recently launched SAY IT WITH MEdia, a challenge for publications to feature BIPOC and women in at least 15% of their content.

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.


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