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AIA Iowa Celebrates Architecture Month in April

Thursday, March 31, 2016   (0 Comments)

Iowa Celebrates Architecture Month in April

Events across the State Promote the Beauty and Importance of Architecture

Des Moines, Iowa (April 1, 2016) –The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter announced today the celebration of April as Iowa Architecture Month intended to exemplify the importance, beauty, and  significance of architecture. Numerous statewide initiatives have been planned to celebrate this annual event, including the signing of a State Proclamation by Governor Terry Branstad that occurred on March 24th, architectural workshops, tours, films, lecture series and the brand new People’s Choice Award.

This year, AIA Iowa is launching its inaugural People’s Choice Award to promote architecture and to encourage appreciation and interaction. AIA Iowa invites the public to serve as the jury and to judge architecture built by Iowa architects throughout the month of April. Anyone can vote once per project per day at IowaArchitecture.org. Winners will be announced at the end of the month!

In addition to the new People’s Choice Award, AIA Iowa has planned events that promote the exploration of Iowa’s architectural treasures. National Architecture week, April 10-16, is just one part of AIA Iowa’s month-long spotlight on the contributions architects make to our communities and society in general. Events occurring statewide are:

                     April 1 South West Iowa Architects Section Dine and Discover

                     April 9 Central Iowa Canstruction Des Moines, IA

                     April 12 Des Moines Central Library Talk & Tour

                     April 14 Maya Lin Des Moines, IA Art Center

                     April 16 Eat.Drink.Architecture

                     April 18 IAF Spring DMPS Class Architectural Photography

                     April 19 Des Moines Catholic Pastoral Center Talk & Tour

                     April 20 BSAFE Training Ames, IA

                     April 20 Central Iowa Architects Section Ping Pong Tournament

                     April 21 Spring Conference Ames, IA

                     April 25 IAF Spring DMPS Class Architectural Photography

                    April 28 Des Moines Art Center Talk & Tour

                    April 28 North West Iowa Architects Section VT Industries Tour

The largest of all of April’s events will be taking place at Iowa State University’s Scheman Building on April 21. The AIA Iowa 2016 Spring Conference: Expanding Practice brings architects and design professionals from across the state to Ames, IA for keynotes, workshops, and networking between students and professionals. This year’s theme, Expanding Practice, focuses on pushing the boundaries of the traditional profession and exploring the benefits of expanding the practice. By expanding what architects do as designers and as entrepreneurs, architects can shape a better future for the professionals of tomorrow and for all of the people who depend on their services. Approximately 200 attendees will gather to hear from keynote speakers Dominique Davison, AIA, of DRAW Architecture & Urban Design, and Brad Baer, of Blue Cadet.

ABOUT AIA IOWA:
Since 1857, the American Institute of Architects has represented the professional interests of America’s architects. AIA Iowa, headquartered in Des Moines, is a statewide affiliate of national AIA with nearly 1,000 members.  AIA Iowa members are committed to excellence in design and are proactive in the design of livable communities. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public and colleagues of an AIA member architect’s dedication to the highest standards of professional practice.

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For interviews or pictures, please contact Jessica Reinert at AIA Iowa, (515) 244-7502, or e-mail her at jreinert@aiaiowa.org.


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