WASHINGTON, April 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of its 150th
anniversary, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will lead the
celebration surrounding America's first National Architecture Week, April
9- 14, 2007. In conjunction with the week's events, the America's Favorite
Architecture exhibit will open to reveal a visual showcase of the results
of a poll in which the public chose 150 of their favorite structures, which
will travel around the country later in the year.
"National Architecture Week is the ideal platform to highlight the
achievements of architects as well as the impact of architecture in our
daily lives, as evidenced by American voters in the favorite architecture
poll," said R.K. Stewart, FAIA, AIA 2007 president. "As the professional
organization for architects, the AIA looks forward to leading the efforts
surrounding this week of national focus on architecture and its
On April 11, the grand opening of America's Favorite Architecture
exhibit will reveal images of the most iconic buildings, bridges and
memorials in America. The debate about the poll results will continue via
an interactive web site, accessible at kiosks within the exhibit, which
will allow visitors to vote for their own favorite architecture at
"The 'green' exhibit system is a testament to the AIA's commitment to
sustainability and innovation -- a lightweight, compact system, which
incorporates sustainable materials and recyclable components," said
Jonathan Alger, exhibit designer for C&G Partners, creators of America's
Favorite Architecture exhibit.
Additional National Architecture Week events include a plaque
rededication and proclamation ceremony on April 13 at 111 Broadway, New
York, NY to mark the site of the first official meeting of the AIA,
followed by an invitation- only dinner at historic Delmonico's to
commemorate the official chartering of the AIA in 1857. Commissioner of the
City of New York Department of Buildings, Patricia Lancaster, FAIA, will
deliver the Mayoral Proclamation of National Architecture Week, followed by
AIA president, RK Stewart, FAIA, Christine McEntee, CEO of the AIA, and
AIA150 Committee Chair, George Miller, FAIA.
The first ever AIA Family Day will be held at AIA national headquarters
in Washington, DC on April 14 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and will include
architecture walking tours and design competitions for kids.
In addition to these national events, AIA components (chapters) will be
conducting celebrations and campaigns across the nation in their local
markets. For a complete listing and more information on AIA national and
local National Architecture Week events, visit http://www.aia150.org.
Celebrating 150 years, the AIA is the premier professional organization
for America's architects. The AIA150 program, "Celebrating the Past.
Designing the Future," honors architects for their dedication and
commitment to excellence in design and livability in our nation's buildings
and communities. The cornerstone of AIA150, Blueprint for America, serves
as a nationwide platform to unite architects and citizens to collaborate on
their communities' design priorities. The AIA will also release its list of
America's Favorite Architecture, according to a professional survey. The
AIA acknowledges the important financial support of AIA150 Corporate
Founders Circle contributor McGraw-Hill Construction (Official Media
Sponsor). For more information on other AIA150 news and events, including
Blueprint for America, visit http://www.aia150.org.
About The American Institute of Architects
For 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have
worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable,
healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. AIA members have
access to the right people, knowledge, and tools to create better design,
and through such resources and access, they help clients and communities
make their visions real. Visit http://www.aia.org.
Meghan Norville, Imre Communications
Aaron Cohen, Imre Communications
SOURCE American Institute of Architects