The AIA recently awarded CultureNOW and Rice Design Alliance the 2012 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement. The award, which recognizes and encourages distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a positive impact on or advanced the profession, will be presented at the 2012 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, D.C. More details after the break.
CultureNOW is an AIA-led pro bono coalition of designer professionals that formed in response to 9/11. Headed by Abby Suckle, FAIA and Anne Lewison, AIA, RAIC, the movement has expanded to include a wide variety of committed individuals from architects and planners to educators and historians. Their mission originally grew from a set of strategic recommendations for rebuilding the city of New York. Since its inception, the movement has grown to include other projects such as HarlemNOW. To learn more, visit their site here.
Rice Design Alliance was originally founded in 1972 by a small group of design enthusiasts, academicians, and design professionals with a goal to foster public engagement with architecture through a multidisciplinary non-profit model. More than just a think tank, the 2000 member alliance has organized three international competitions in addition to a multitude of outreach initiatives that engage the community. To learn more, visit their site here.