U.S. Nominees Selected for UIA Golden Cubes International Awards Program Celebrating K-12 Architecture Education Programs

Mar 23, 2011, 12:00 ET from Association of Architecture Organizations

New York Center for Architecture Foundation, Chicago Architecture Foundation among top winners

CHICAGO, March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO) announced today four National Nominees that will represent the United States in the international phase of the inaugural Architecture & Children Golden Cubes Awards conducted by the International Union of Architects (UIA). The Awards are being organized to recognize those individuals and organizations that lay the foundations of an architectural culture and help students, from pre-school up to age 18, to understand architectural design and the processes by which our environment is shaped.

U.S. nominees include:

Vitruvius Program at the Summit School of Ahwatukee (Phoenix, AZ), offering studio education in architecture (PK-8)

Learning by Design: New York (New York, NY), conducting architecture and design residencies in New York City-area schools (K-12)

The Architecture Handbook: A Student Guide to Understanding Buildings (Chicago, IL), a high school architecture textbook prepared by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (9-12)

NEXT.cc (Milwaukee, WI), an online learning environment offering tools and design opportunities for children

Winning applications and honorable mentions now available for public view at http://www.wizehive.com/goldencubes.

"The importance of this work cannot be understated," said Ted Landsmark, President of the Boston Architectural College, and Chair of the U.S. Jury, "Such efforts prepare students, whether they choose to pursue architecture or not, to become adult citizens active in public discourse, and with minds opened to the needs and uses for quality architecture." Landsmark was joined by fellow jurors, Carol Ross Barney, Design Principal, Ross Barney Architects; Cheri Hendricks, Principal, Broadview Associates, Ltd.; and Ronald E. Bogle, President & CEO of the American Architectural Foundation (AAF). Graham Stroh, Program Manager at AAF, served as Special Advisor to the U.S. Jury.

U.S. Nominees now join top programs from across the globe in a celebration of K-12 Architecture Education efforts at the UIA Congress in Tokyo, Japan, September 25-28, 2011. The UIA will select four final winners in the international phase.

The Association of Architecture Organizations conducted the U.S. portion of the Golden Cubes contest to heighten awareness of the tremendous work being done in this area of design education. Founded in 2009, AAO is a membership organization dedicated to promoting excellence within the architecture center and design education communities. For more information, visit www.aaonetwork.org

SOURCE Association of Architecture Organizations