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.

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. 


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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.

National Endowment for the Arts Makes Second Grant Announcement of its 50th Anniversary

Congratulations to the AAO Members who were part of the spring announcement of NEA Art Works Grants! View the listings in the article to learn more about proposals from the following AAO members:Alaska Design Forum, Architectural League of New York, Architecture Resource Center, Association of Architecture Organizations, Center for Architecture (New York, Center for Architecture + Design (San Francisco, Center for Architecture and Design (Seattle) / Design in Public, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Community Design Collaborative (Philadelphia), Design Trust for Public Space, Architecture Center Houston Foundation, Municipal Art Society of New York, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Salvadori Center, Seattle Architecture Foundation Van Alen Institute and William Marsh Rice University (Rice Design Alliance).

Pairing design education and architecture: Linda Keane

Linda Keane, AIA, artist, architect and academic, is passionate about greening public imagination. She combines a regenerative architecture practice with creative media projects, critical writings and public workshops collaborating with diverse communities in the creation of transformative learning experiences and environments.


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