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18 Spectacular Photographs Recognized at the AIA Los Angeles Photography Awards

11:00 - 21 February, 2019
18 Spectacular Photographs Recognized at the AIA Los Angeles Photography Awards, Michael Moser / Ragnarock - Museum of Pop, Rock & Youth Culture Roskilde, Denmark. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Michael Moser / Ragnarock - Museum of Pop, Rock & Youth Culture Roskilde, Denmark. Image © via American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter has announced the winners of their 2019 Architectural Photography Awards. The 18 images, awarded in the Honor, Merit, and Citation tiers, were selected from 450 submissions of stellar quality, a two-fold increase on the 2018 edition.

The awards were founded as a “celebration of the use of architecture as a subject to make art, rather than a photograph as a documentational tool.” Recognizing the individuals driven to communicate the works of architects, the awards “celebrate the photographer’s eye, skill, and talent in expressing the transcendent nature of space."

AIA Selects 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

10:00 - 3 February, 2019
Confluence Park. Image © Casey Dunn
Confluence Park. Image © Casey Dunn

The American Institute of Architects has selected nine projects for its 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture. The award program celebrates the best contemporary architecture and highlights the many ways buildings and spaces can improve lives. AIA’s five-member jury selects submissions that demonstrate design achievement, including a sense of place and purpose, ecology, environmental sustainability and history.

TIRPITZ Museum. Image © Rasmus Hjortshoj Casey House. Image © doublespace photography Smart Factory. Image © Simon Menges, Berlin Confluence Park. Image © Casey Dunn + 18

AIA Announces Winners of 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

10:00 - 2 February, 2019
AIA Announces Winners of 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

Nine projects have been recognized this year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture. A five-member jury evaluated entries’ sense of place and purpose, ecology and environmental sustainability, and history to choose this year’s most innovative interior spaces.

New United States Courthouse; Los Angeles, Los Angeles | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. Image © Bruce Damonte Apple Store, Upper East Side; New York City | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Image © Peter Aaron Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; Chicago | Gensler. Image © Michael Moran Studio Dental II; San Francisco | Montalba Architects. Image © Kevin Scott + 36

The AIA Toolkit for Architects in the Era of Climate Change

07:45 - 23 December, 2018
The AIA Toolkit for Architects in the Era of Climate Change, Mundo Verde at Cook Campus / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
Mundo Verde at Cook Campus / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

A misconception often surfaces in design circles that architectural beauty and evidence-based environmental performance are mutually exclusive. To address this, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) is releasing a new tool that can assist architecture firms in designing high-performance energy-efficient buildings.

Despite the federal stance on paramount environmental issues, the AIA upholds and advocates for the responsibility of architects to mitigate against the effects of climate change. Aware that the construction industry consumes nearly 40% of the energy supply nationwide, the AIA COTE® Top Ten Toolkit presents a series of strategies to promote sustainability without compromising the design.

Albion District Library / Perkins + Will Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture / LMS Architects Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery / DLR Group Family House / LMS Architects + 6

Call for Submissions: Arnold W. Brunner Grant

08:42 - 20 December, 2018
Call for Submissions: Arnold W. Brunner Grant

We are currently accepting applications for the Arnold W. Brunner Grant administered by the Center for Architecture and AIA New York.

AIA Committee on Design Holds the First South American Conference in Chile

15:00 - 17 October, 2018
AIA Committee on Design Holds the First South American Conference in Chile, Santiago, Chile. Image via Flickr User: alobos Life. Used under CC BY 2.0
Santiago, Chile. Image via Flickr User: alobos Life. Used under CC BY 2.0

The American Institute of Architects Committee on Design is holding its first South American conference this week in Santiago and Valparaíso, Chile. Starting on October 20 and running through the 27th, the conference is organized by the Copperbridge Foundation in collaboration with Chilean Constructo and Massantiago. The CoD conference will include a focus on each city's contemporary architecture and urban fabric, as well as tours, presentations and exhibitions with Chilean institutions.

AIA Announces 2018 Film Challenge Winners

13:00 - 10 October, 2018
AIA Announces 2018 Film Challenge Winners, Courtesy of American Institute of Architects
Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects have released the winning films for the 2018 Film Challenge. As part of the institute's larger Blueprint for Better campaign, the film challenge asked participants to produce, shoot, and edit 3 to 5 minute documentary-style short films. The AIA invited architects and filmmakers to collaborate in telling stories of architects, civic leaders and communities working together toward positive community impact.

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AIA Outlines Initiatives in Response to Rise in School Shootings

12:30 - 14 August, 2018
AIA Outlines Initiatives in Response to Rise in School Shootings, Perspective of the New Sandy Hook School. Image © Svigals + Partners
Perspective of the New Sandy Hook School. Image © Svigals + Partners

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has issued a statement outlining its new initiatives in response to the rising tide of school shootings in the United States. The statement, titled “Where we stand: School design and student safety,” outlines four paths of action the Institute intends to take to support architects and school communities.

While not containing a detailed policy to tackle the ongoing crisis, the AIA statement commits to updating school design guidelines, supporting education to achieve safe school design, making safe school design eligible for federal grants, and establishing a federal clearinghouse on school design.

Call for Submissions | AIA Shanghai Design Awards 2018

11:01 - 6 July, 2018
Call for Submissions | AIA Shanghai Design Awards 2018

AIA Shanghai is pleased to announce its first ever awards program to celebrate China's best design and designers; a benchmark for international excellence.

The AIA Shanghai Design Excellence Awards Program celebrates new architecture in China. This international design awards program welcomes entries from all AIA members and associate members practicing in China.

The 2018 AIA Shanghai Design Excellence Awards Program celebrates regional diversity within innovative architecture, interiors and planning projects shaped by architects living, breathing, and working in China regardless of scale, budget, style, or type.

The winning Awards will be judged by an international jury comprised of leading

AIA Announces Winners of 2018 Housing Awards

16:00 - 26 May, 2018
Underhill; Matinecock, New York | Bates Masi + Architects. Image © Michael Moran
Underhill; Matinecock, New York | Bates Masi + Architects. Image © Michael Moran

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the winners of their 18th annual Housing Awards, which recognize the best in housing design for new constructions, restorations, and renovations. This year the five-person jury selected eleven projects to receive awards in four categories: one- and two-family custom residences; one- and two-family production homes; multifamily housing; and specialized housing.

The Bear Stand; Gooderham, Ontario, Canada | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Image © Nic Lehoux 150 Charles; New York City | COOKFOX Architects, DPC and Alan Wanzenberg Architect & Design. Image © Bilyana Dimitrova South 5th Residence; Austin, Texas | alterstudio architecture. Image © Casey Dunn Mariposa1038; Los Angeles | Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects . Image © Paul Vu + 65

152 American & 2 International Architects Elevated to AIA College of Fellows for 2018

14:00 - 23 February, 2018
152 American & 2 International Architects Elevated to AIA College of Fellows for 2018, Claremont University Consortium Administrative Campus / LTL Architects. Image © Michael Moran
Claremont University Consortium Administrative Campus / LTL Architects. Image © Michael Moran

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the names of the 152 member-architects who have been elevated to its prestigious College of Fellows for 2018. Limited to members who have made “a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession,” approximately 3 percent of the AIA’s total membership of 90,000 are recognized as fellows.

AIA Announces Winners of the 2018 Topaz Medallion, Whitney M. Young Jr. Award and Edward C. Kemper Award

16:30 - 8 December, 2017
AIA Announces Winners of the 2018 Topaz Medallion, Whitney M. Young Jr. Award and Edward C. Kemper Award, The Center for Asian Art at the Ringling Museum of Art / Machado Silvetti. Image © Anton Grassl / Esto
The Center for Asian Art at the Ringling Museum of Art / Machado Silvetti. Image © Anton Grassl / Esto

Following the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) announcements of the 2018 AIA Gold Medal and Architecture Firm of the Year, three additional national awards have been revealed: the Topaz Medallion, for excellence in architectural education; the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, honoring architects tackling social issues; and the Edward C. Kemper Award, for professional service.

Snow Kreilich Architects Wins 2018 AIA Architecture Firm Award

12:00 - 7 December, 2017
Snow Kreilich Architects Wins 2018 AIA Architecture Firm Award, US Land Port of Entry, Van Buren, Maine. Image © Paul Crosby
US Land Port of Entry, Van Buren, Maine. Image © Paul Crosby

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected Minneapolis-based practice Snow Kreilich Architects as the winners of the 2018 AIA Architecture Firm Award. Working predominantly in the cold climate of the northern United States, the firm utilizes warm materials and light-filled interiors to create bold designs focused on transforming the human experience.

US Land Port of Entry, Warroad, Minnesota. Image © Paul Crosby CHS Field, Minneapolis. Image © Paul Crosby Lofts at Mayo Park, Rochester, Minnesota. Image © Corey Gaffer Lake Minnetonka Retreat Home, Deephaven, Minnesota. Image © Paul Crosby + 7

AIA Announces People's Choice Winner for the 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge

08:00 - 3 November, 2017

“How do you bring architectural stories to life?”—this is the question the AIA asks annually in their I Look Up Film Challenge. This year’s theme, Blueprint for the Better, challenges architects and filmmakers to collaborate and tell the stories of architects making a positive impact on the community.

William J. Bates Elected 2019 AIA President

14:00 - 28 April, 2017
William J. Bates Elected 2019 AIA President, The election took place at the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando. Image © Flickr user billmorrow. Licensed under CC BY 2.0
The election took place at the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando. Image © Flickr user billmorrow. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the election of William J. Bates, FAIA, as the 2018 First Vice President and 2019 President-elect. Currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors (since 2011), Bates has served terms as a vice president and the chair of the Board Community Committee from 2015-2016. He twice served as president of AIA Pennsylvania, in 1991 and 2010, and was president of AIA Pittsburgh in 1987.

AIA Names the Best Housing Projects of 2017

13:15 - 13 April, 2017
AIA Names the Best Housing Projects of 2017, Pennsylvania Farmhouse; Lakewood, Pennsylvania / Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © David Sundberg
Pennsylvania Farmhouse; Lakewood, Pennsylvania / Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © David Sundberg

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named the fourteen projects selected as recipients of the 2017 Housing Awards. Now in its 17th year, the AIA’s Housing Awards program was established to recognize "the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life." Projects are awarded in four categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing, Multifamily Housing and Special Housing.

The 2017 AIA Housing Award recipients include:

35 Exemplary Projects Win 2017 AIA New York Design Awards

12:20 - 8 March, 2017
35 Exemplary Projects Win 2017 AIA New York Design Awards, Grand Prize Winner: Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Iwan Baan
Grand Prize Winner: Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Iwan Baan

AIA New York has announced the winners of their 2017 AIA New York Design Awards, highlighting the best new projects located in the Empire State or completed by AIA NY registered architects across categories of architecture, projects, interior design and urban planning.

Within the four categories, winning projects have been granted either an “Honor” or “Merit” distinction. Each project has been chosen for its “design quality, response to its context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.” The winners scale in scale from temporary exhibitions to large-scale urban interventions.

This year 22 of the 35 winners were New York City-located projects, including the grand prize winner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s striking Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University’s medical campus. Continue reading to see the full list of winners.

8 International & 178 American Architects Named to AIA College of Fellows

16:15 - 10 February, 2017
One Airport Square / Mario Cucinella Architects. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
One Airport Square / Mario Cucinella Architects. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named 178 AIA members to be elevated to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made “a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.”