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.
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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.
The 3rd Open House Worldwide Conference took place in London, from January 31-February 2, 2018. Convened by Victoria Thornton, founder of Open House London and the Open House Worldwide family, the conference brought together over 75 representatives from 30 Open House programs around the globe.
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.
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.
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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Tibbie Dunbar was the first Executive Director of the A+D Museum in Los Angeles and now she's moving on after twelve years in that role. AAO spoke with her in an exit interview of sorts, asking for her reflections on what she learned and how the field has changed over the last decade.
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The J. Max Bond Center recently published Inclusion in Architecture, one of the first comprehensive compilations of data recording the state of African Americans and Hispanics practicing in the architecture profession that also includes a look at K-12 architecture education, popular media and other feeders into the academy. AAO caught up with the Bond Center's former director Toni Griffin for a brief chat on the commissioning of the report.