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.

New Architecture Centers in Dallas and Chicago

Last month, we brought you news about the opening of BLOX, the Danish Architecture Center's new home. This month, we have updates and new renderings for two other architecture centers set to open soon: the Chicago Architecture Center and AD EX (the Architecture and Design Exchange, pictured above) in Dallas.

Notes from the opening of a new Danish Architecture Center

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.

Member Anniversary Celebrations

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.

Q&A with Eleanor Howard, Projects Leader at the Architecture Foundation

Eleanor Howard

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.


Q&A with Nancy Somerville on the ASLA's new Center for Landscape Architecture

Green roof

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.

Meet AAO Board Member Polly Carpenter

We are pleased to announce that Polly Carpenter, FAIA, Director of Public Programs and Learning by Design at the BSA Foundation has been appointed to the AAO Board of Directors. Polly has been a leader in K-12 design education for the last 18 years and has been an advocate of AAO since its inception. Read more about her work and her vision for AAO below.

1. For our members who haven't met you, please briefly describe yourself.

Interview with Tibbie Dunbar

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. 


Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO): How did you get involved in this kind of work?

Q&A with Toni Griffin about the Inclusion in Architecture Report

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.


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