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Meet AAO Board Member Jim Drinan

The 2016 AAO Board of Directors pose for a group shot during their winter Board Planning Retreat in New York last month.

We are pleased to announce that Jim Drinan, Executive Director of the American Planning Association, John Comazzi, Associate Professor of Architecture in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, and Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture, have been appointed to the AAO Board of Directors. This month, we're featuring a Q&A with Jim Drinan.

In depth Q&A with leadership of the new Center for Architecture & Design in Seattle

Lisa Richmond, S. Surface, and Stacy Segal

The Center for Architecture & Design in Seattle celebrated its grand opening on March 5, 2016. CfAD brings into one shared space AIA Seattle, Design in Public, Seattle Architecture Foundation and AIA Washington Council. AAO interviewed the lead collaborators on fundraising for an architecture center, structuring partnerships, planning for long-term impact, and more.

Meet AAO Board Member John Comazzi

We are pleased to announce that John Comazzi, Associate Professor of Architecture in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, Jim Drinan, Executive Director of the American Planning Association, and Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture, have been appointed to the AAO Board of Directors. This month, we're featuring a Q&A with John Comazzi. 

Society of Architectural Historians Presents the Annual Awards for Architectural Excellence at 75th Anniversary Gala

Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) will host the 6th annual Awards for Architectural Excellence gala Friday, Nov. 6 at the Woman’s Athletic Club (626 North Michigan Ave.) This year, SAH is proud to present the Architectural Journalism Award to Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger, the Heritage Conservation award to architect T. Gunny Harboe (perhaps best known for his work on Chicago’s Rookery and Reliance buildings) and the Architectural Scholarship & Preservation Advocacy award to Richard Longstreth of The George Washington University, a past president of SAH.

Member Spotlight: Q&A with AIA Foundation's Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop

This past April, the AIA Foundation, a new philanthropic arm of The American Institute of Architects hired its first Executive Director, Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop. Well known and respected for her lengthy, productive tenure at Architecture for Humanity, AAO caught up with Sherry-Lea and the chance to learn more about the opportunities her new team is pursuing in the areas of resilience and in design and health.

Landmark Charnley-Persky House in Gold Coast Flooded by Storm

(Chicago) August 20, 2014 - The Charnley-Persky House, at 1365 North Astor Street, experienced serious flooding brought on by storms that blew through Chicago on Tuesday afternoon. Water poured into the National Historic Landmark, which serves as the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), through the sink and toilet of the second-floor powder room, on the north side of the house.

Film Screening: Software from Hard Rocks

Graphic for the film "Software from Hard Rocks"

The Architecture and Design Foundation hosted the Indian premiere of "Software from Hard Rocks," a film by Aashish Kumar. Told from the point of view of the film maker, "Software" traces how forces of globalization are bringing together the destinies of hi-tech reverse migrants from Silicon Valley and beleaguered Andhra farmers - a story of relocated homes, ruptured livelihoods, and disrupted legacies in the city of Hyderabad.

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