News & stories

Connecting filmmakers and architects

Creating a film for the AIA Film Challenge often results in amazing benefits for both architects and filmmakers. Finding the right partnership is key to telling your story. That is why we have compiled resources and advice to help with the search. How architects can find filmmakers The easiest and potentially most effective way to […]

Read more >

Filmmaking best practices, part 2: Tell your story, win money, and make a difference

With just under two months left to submit a film for your chance to win $5,000 and screenings in New York and Chicago, it’s time to focus on concepting and filming. In the second part of our filmmaking best practices series, we will cover creating your film and connecting with the community to amplify reach. […]

Read more >

Filmmaking best practices, part 1: from vision to reality

Creating a film for the AIA Film Challenge is often an extremely rewarding experience for both filmmakers and architects, but getting started and finding your story can be difficult. That is why we created a two-part series sharing best filmmaking methods compiled over the last three years of the challenge. This week we will talk about selecting your Blueprint for Better story, the role of diversity in storytelling, and collaborating with filmmakers.

Read more >

AIA Film Challenge 2018: A Blueprint for Better

We are proud to announce the fourth annual AIA Film Challenge, which invites architects and filmmakers to collaborate and create short films that highlight the vital roles architects play in improving our cities, towns, and neighborhoods. This year’s theme, Blueprint for Better, focuses on sharing stories of architects as thought and action leaders and calls […]

Read more >

Back on the Podium: Meet Our 2017 Film Challenge Second Runner Up

We’re excited to share that first-time entrant, Julian Pham, director of A Little Alcove: San Francisco Navigation Center, was chosen as the 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge Second Runner Up. Learn more about Julian and his inspirational film below and don’t forget to cast your vote by October 6 for the People’s Choice Award […]

Read more >

Behind-the-Scenes with the 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge Runner Up

Brad Deal, director of Pisces, was chosen as the 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge Runner Up. Deal’s film Arch 335: Rebuilding Medcamps earned his team the 2016 Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award. Learn more about Brad and his compelling film below and vote by October 6 for this year’s People’s Choice Award winner. […]

Read more >

Congratulations to our 2017 Grand Prize Winner!

Grand Prize Winner, Myles Kramer, director of Community by Design: Skid Row Housing Trust, was chosen by an esteemed panel of judges as the 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge winner! This was Myles’ first entry into the I Look Up Film Challenge and we’re thrilled to announce him as this year’s winner. Filmed in […]

Read more >

Meet the Contestants, Part 2: I Look Up Film Challenge Behind-the-Scenes

The 3rd annual I Look Up Film Challenge has closed and everyone has submitted their films. Judging is well underway. Teams across the country created high-impact films about architecture making a huge difference in communities around the country and the world. As we quickly approach Public Voting, let’s take this chance to meet a few […]

Read more >

Meet the Contestants, Part 1: I look Up Film Challenge Behind-the-Scenes

The third annual I Look Up Film Challenge is well underway, with final film submissions due this Sunday. Teams across the country have been hard at work using the power of film to shine a light on stories of innovative design with positive social impact. As the challenge rolls on, let’s take a break from […]

Read more >

A blueprint for better: Turning liquor stores into community health centers

When it comes to making a positive impact in the community, the architectural design process is key. During each phase, there is an opportunity not just to create something new or rehabilitate something old but to develop a place that improves the lives of the people who rely on it. Architecture is at its best […]

Read more >