Announcing the 2018 AIA Film Challenge Finalists

Congratulations to all of the 2018 AIA Film Challenge Finalists!

With 89 submissions and plenty of amazing films to choose from, selecting just 15 finalists proved an extremely difficult task. After careful deliberation and discussion, we have narrowed the list down to the films that best fit this year’s Blueprint for Better prompt. 

Congratulations to this year’s exceptional finalists for going above and beyond the prompt and creating truly powerful films! Thank you to everyone who created a film and helped make the 2018 AIA Film Challenge a success.

AIA Film Challenge 2018 Finalists 

“Station Four”

  • Filmmaker: John Gordon 
  • Architect/firm: HDR Inc. 

After Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston, TX, the firefighters at Station Four were left without their second home. The city of Galveston partnered with the architects at HDR Inc. to build a new station capable of surviving future disasters. 

“Bonton: A Beacon of Hope”

  • Filmmaker: Clay Harvey 
  • Architect/firm: AIA Dallas

“Bonton” looks at the impact architecture can have in a community where it seemed that hope of a healthy life had been lost.

“A Joyful Gathering Place”

  • Filmmaker: Christopher Langer 
  • Architect/firm: Robert P. Madison

The architects at Robert P. Madison International are on a mission to renovate and restore the historic Karamu House, the oldest operating African American Theatre in the United States. 

“Champions of Diversity”

  • Filmmaker: Christine McAuliffe
  • Architect/firm: Eletrice Harris

“Champions of Diversity” highlights Eletrice Harris and her work with the SoCal NOMA Architecture and Engineering Summer Camp.

“Ka Hale: A Revival”

  • Filmmaker: Q. Morrison
  • Architect/firm: Francis Palani

Architect and Kumu (a Hawaiian title meaning teacher) Francis Palani Sinenci leads the revival of an ancient Hawaiian Hale building in an effort to save indigenous cultural practices.

“Stalled!: The Video”

  • Filmmaker: Seb Choe
  • Architect/firm: Joel Sanders

Stalled! looks at the national debate surrounding transgender access to public restrooms to address an urgent social justice issue: the need to create safe, sustainable and inclusive public restrooms for everyone regardless of age, gender, race, religion and disability. 

“Riverside Community Garden”

  • Filmmaker: Jennifer L Suharmadji
  • Architect/firm: AIA Jacksonville

Together, AIA Jacksonville and the Riverside Avondale Preservation, a local preservation society, transformed their community for the better with a thoughtfully designed garden. 

“ChildSafe: Designed to Heal”

  • Filmmaker: Isaiah Rendon 
  • Architect/firm: Overland Partners

In 2016, ChildSafe, a nonprofit organization that helps restore dignity, hope, and trust to children who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect, found themselves in a building that was too small to sustain their growing support programs. With the help of San Antonio architecture firm Overland Partners, they are designing a new, state-of-the-art campus.

“Driving Change Omaha’s Mobile Learning Unit”

  • Filmmaker: Cody Jones
  • Architect/firm: Kristi Nohavec 

In “Driving Change,” educators, administrators, architects, designers and fabricators share the story of the Mobile Learning Unit – its goals, design challenges and impact on the community.

“Black Architects in the Making [BAM]”

  • Filmmaker: Azeez Bakare
  • Architect/firm: Black Architects in the Making

BAM workshops are led primarily by black professionals who volunteer their time to immerse themselves in underserved communities where children live, learn and play, to awaken middle and high school students’ interest in architecture and the construction industry.

“Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden School”

  • Filmmaker: Cheryl Hess
  • Architect/firm: Kramer + Marks Architects

“Past/Presence” explores how cities can be forward looking on issues like affordable housing while also preserving their past.

“Chicago Mobile Makers”

  • Filmmaker: Christopher Hoerdemann 
  • Architect/firm: Maya Bird-Murphy

With the stark inequities of a city like Chicago as motivation, architect Maya Bird-Murphy strives to create lasting change through her non-profit organization Chicago Mobile Makers. 

“7933 Tree Lane”

  • Filmmaker: Francisco Lopez De Arenosa
  • Architect/firm: Valerio Dewalt Train

7933 Tree Lane is an inspirational story of a project that aims to confront a multitude of complexities associated with affordable housing. 

“Universal Life: A Memphis Story”

  • Filmmaker: Jimmie Tucker
  • Architect/firm: Self + Tucker Architects

The Universal Life Insurance Company and the building that housed it was once a cornerstone of the Memphis community. “Universal Life” explores the revitalization of the building as a hub for entrepreneurs and creatives in the city of Memphis and abroad. 

“The BLOCK Project: Seattle”

  • Filmmaker: Jeff Scott Shaw
  • Architect/firm: BLOCK Architects

The BLOCK Project invites the community into the task of ending homelessness by placing a BLOCK Home in the backyard of one single-family lot on every residentially zoned block within the city of Seattle.

Congratulations to all our 2018 Finalists and don’t forget to vote for this year’s People’s Choice Award!