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.

Cast your vote!

Important dates

Films due
August 12

Public voting
August 19-September 27

Winners announced
October 2019

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.
Be sure to vote! Voting opens August 19.

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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2018 Winners

Grand Prize – Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden School

by Cheryl Hess

Runner up – A Joyful Gathering Place

by Christopher Langer

Third Place – ChildSafe: Designed to Heal

by Isaiah Rendon

People’s Choice – Ka Hale: A Revival

by MarQ Morrison

See films by 2018 finalists >

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