AIA Film Challenge 2019

The fifth annual AIA Film Challenge highlights the ways architects have collaborated with civic leaders to build resilient and sustainable communities. Participants produced three- to five-minute documentary films for a chance to win up to $10,000. Vote for your favorite Blueprint for Better story.

2019 Winners

Grand Prize: The EastPoint Project

by Hana Waugh

Runner Up: A Place of Second Chances

by HMC Architects

Third Place: A Building Shaped by Light: Austin Central Library

by Johnny McAllister and Annie Silverstein

People’s Choice: Learning Organisms, Floral Collectives

by Meriem Sakrouhi and Mario Serrano

See other films from the 2019 AIA Film Challenge >

Prizes

A panel of judges will select the Grand Prize, Runner Up, and Third Place winners.
There’s also a People’s Choice Award. Win both the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award for a total of $10,000.

Grand Prize
$5,000 Cash
Film screening & reception at Chicago Ideas
Hotel & travel for two to Chicago
Film promotion through AIA channels
Official awards badge (digital)

People’s Choice
$5,000 Cash
Film screening & reception at Chicago Ideas
Hotel & travel for two to Chicago
Film promotion through AIA channels
Official awards badge (digital)

Runner Up
$500 Cash
Film screening at Chicago Ideas
Film promotion through AIA channels
Official awards badge (digital)

Third Place
$500 Cash
Film screening at Chicago Ideas
Film promotion through AIA channels
Official awards badge (digital)

Finalists
$500 Cash
Film promotion through AIA channels
Official awards badge (digital)

International Finalist
$500 Cash
Film promotion through AIA channels
Official awards badge (digital)

Judges

Karen Braitmayer, FAIA

Karen Braitmayer, FAIA is the founder and managing principal of Studio Pacifica an accessibility consulting firm in Seattle.
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Ian Harris

Ian Harris is an award-winning architectural filmmaker, media producer, and adjunct professor at Portland State University School of Architecture.
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Joseph Kosinski

Joseph Kosinski is currently directing Top Gun: Maverick, his fourth feature film, due out in June 2020.
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Wanda Lau

Wanda Lau is an award-winning editor and writer who oversees tech, practice, and product coverage at ARCHITECT magazine.
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Jimmie Tucker, FAIA

Jimmie Tucker FAIA, LEED AP, is a co-founder of Memphis based Self + Tucker Architects. Jimmie is also an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis.
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