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.

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.

What we can learn from this American design competition

I am just back from a trip to Washington DC after launching a competition. Landing at Saarinen’s Dulles airport, it was a delight to be transported back in time by a building that is essentially corporate yet humane and elegant. Washington itself is a city of great contrasts: the luxuriant timeless Neo-Classical architecture surrounded by areas of great deprivation and civic disconnect. The contrast makes for an architecture of extremes and of inequalities.

Gallaudet University International Design Competition Launched

Gallaudet University, in Washington, D.C., along with its development partner, The JBG Companies, and London-based competition organizers Malcolm Reading Consultants launched the Gallaudet University International Design Competition on Septmber 2, 2015. The two-stage design competition seeks an outstanding multidisciplinary design team to create a new campus gateway and redefine the University’s urban edge as a vibrant, mixed-use, creative and cultural district.


Image of Gallaudet campus

As the world's only liberal arts university for deaf and hard of hearing students, Gallaudet University, in Washington, D.C., is the preeminent center of deaf experience, research and culture.  A new design competition for the historic core of the Gallaudet campus and adjacent public realm, organized by Malcolm Reading Consultants, will launch in September 2015.

Helping to make the unknowns well-known

Architects are, like us all, caught up in the talent stakes – perhaps at the sharpest end, for it is their creations that are most public. They must believe: if I have the ability, if I study and learn from the masters, if I dedicate myself to the design, then the landmark building, acclaim and success will follow.

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.


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