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.

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.

2014 DESIGN-ED Conference Wrap-Up

Image of the Lecture Hall at the 2014 Design-Ed Conference

Submitted by AAO Member Robin Vande Zande

On June 28 and 29, 2014, the DESIGN-ED coalition hosted its second conference on K-12 design education. The theme was “Integration Through Design” with presentations and workshops geared towards informing attendees about activities that are effective in the classroom, as well as looking toward the future where design is an integral part of every student’s education.

Inaugural AAO Webinar: The Pros and Cons of Thematic Programming

Graphic for Van Alen Institute's Spring 2014 program ELSEWHERE: Escape and the Urban Environment

On June 12, AAO launched its first-ever webinar series, inviting participants across all AAO Networks knowledge communities into one shared dialogue. Leading the inaugural discussion were Van Alen Institute's David van der Leer and Sarah Farwell, as they reviewed VAI's multi-year initiative "ELSEWHERE: Escape and the Urban Environment" as a relevant case study for the topic.

Member Spotlight: and Sunday Streets HTX

A typical scene from Sunday Streets HTX. Photo by David A. Brown of dabphoto.

This spring, the City of Houston launched a new initiative called Sunday Streets HTX - a street closures pilot that drew tens of thousands of Houstonians out explore their city from a different perspective all while promoting health and fitness. In this Member Spotlight, we hear from Rice Design Alliance staff member Raj Mankad, whose personal campaign to bring the Open Streets movement to Houston was a major factor in getting Sunday Streets HTX up and running.


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