Announcing the People’s Choice Award Winner and International Recognition

This year, over 40,000 votes were cast to decide the winning film for the 2018 People’s Choice Award, and the race for first place was close right up to the end! We are also proud to announce the winning international submission, that our esteemed panel of judges selected. Once again, our sincerest thanks to everyone who submitted a film and showed how architects positively impact our cities and communities.

2018 People’s Choice Award: “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.

“I’ve always had an appreciation for architecture and its ties to nature and the surroundings. It’s a perfect fit when I get to document and meet people in the architecture community, and the Hawaiian Hale is a very important part of Hawaiian culture that was all but lost and now is being revived.” Q. Morrison, filmmaker and 2018 People’s Choice Award Winner

Along with receiving $5,000, “Ka Hale: A Revival” will be screened at the 2018 Chicago Ideas Festival on Oct. 18th. The prize package comes complete with travel and hotel accommodations for two in Chicago.

2018 International Recognition: “Freedom to Play”

Filmmaker: Kathryn Sanders

Architect/Firm: University of Kentucky Architecture Program

Working with the Chez Moi Orphanage in the Bon Repos neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti created an opportunity to build part of the environment 27 girls call home, and also to help build their futures. Knowing current conditions of the house did not provide these girls with much privacy or freedom to be kids, our team built a play pavilion on site to allow for decompression within the house. In a city where walls surround every property, providing this space to dream gives these young girls the chance to see the mountains and sea of their beautiful country, and to see their future that will exist beyond the barriers of their age, gender, status, or country’s struggles.