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Vote for the People’s Choice winner!

The AIA Film Challenge 2019 films are in, and the public voting period for the People’s Choice award is officially open. Who wins? You choose! Watch the films, then vote for your favorites. How voting works One of the best things about hosting the AIA Film Challenge is giving a platform and a voice to […]

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Interview with the 2018 winners!

The AIA Film Challenge 2018 had 15 finalists and more than 40,000 votes. Meet the filmmakers who won the top two prizes, the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award, and learn more about the inspiration behind their winning films! 2018 Grand Prize Winner Cheryl Hess has filmed all over the world including Cuba, where […]

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Trending now: Architecture film

What was once a “little niche” is now a “genre in the making,” says Kyle Bergman, founder of the Architecture and Design Film Festival, about architecture film. That’s excellent news for architects and filmmakers participating in this year’s AIA Film Challenge. The challenge is the perfect platform to share your story, make an impact, be […]

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AIA Film Challenge judges share their advice

We sat down with three of this year’s judges to discuss the AIA Film Challenge and what the convergence of architecture and film means to them. Meet the judges Joseph Kosinski is currently directing his fourth feature film Top Gun: Maverick, for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media. Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, is the founder and managing […]

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Filmmaking best practices

Every year, the AIA Film Challenge receives an impressive roster of submissions—films that inspire us about stories that need to be told. We’ve compiled a list of tips and best practices from the last few years of the challenge to help with your submission. Finding inspiration Check out our website for dozens of films by […]

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Connecting filmmakers and architects

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

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Top 3 reasons to participate in the AIA Film Challenge

The chance at a $5,000 Grand Prize, screening at the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City, and distribution across all AIA and partner digital channels sounds enticing enough, but for our finalists, the reach extends far beyond that.

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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 […]

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Announcing the 2018 AIA Film Challenge winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s AIA Film Challenge. With 15 outstanding finalists, selecting the Grand Prize, Runner-Up, and Third Place winners was a difficult choice for our judges. We are extremely proud to announce the winning films.  Grand Prize: “Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden School”  Filmmaker: Cheryl Hess Architect/Firm: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Film Challenge Tips & Tricks: Q&A with the Creative Team

“It’s not just about a beautiful building. It’s about how that building has affected a community.” Final submissions for the 3rd annual I Look Up Film Challenge are due 8/13. But what makes a really strong submission, and how do I get there? We hosted a Q&A with our creative team to address those questions. […]

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2016 I Look Up Film Challenge Winner: Arch 335 – Rebuilding Medcamps

We’re excited to share the stories behind the winning film in our 2016 I Look Up Film Challenge! Learn more about the Grand Prize Winner,  Arch 335: Rebuilding Medcamps. Grand Prize Winner: Arch 335: Rebuilding Medcamps Team: Brad Deal, Architect & Filmmaker; Robert Brooks, Architect Location: Choudrant, Louisiana   AIA: What compelled you to tell […]

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2016 I Look Up Film Challenge Runner-Up: 20×10

We’re excited to share the stories behind the winning film in our 2016 I Look Up Film Challenge! Learn more about the Runner-Up, 20×10. Runner-Up: 20×10 Team: Patrick Higgins and Kurt Hanley, Filmmakers Location: Austin, Texas   AIA: How, if in any way, did this film challenge change your perception of architecture? Kurt Hanley: I […]

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I Look Up Film Challenge 2016 Winners

Congratulations to our 2016 I Look Up Film Challenge Winners! With only one month to find stories, build a team, and execute, 47 teams completed beautiful and compelling short films about architecture for the 2nd annual I Look Up Film Challenge. They have all inspired us with what can happen when two storytellers – architects […]

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Architecture’s Auteur

Kyle Bergman, AIA, who studied both architecture and film in college, has found a way to combine the two in the real world. As the founder and director of the Architecture & Design Film Festival, sponsored by the AIA, he has found a highly public way to bring architecture’s best stories to professionals and design […]

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Architects designing solutions that transform communities, large and small

Communities across the country are constantly changing. Often, that change brings tremendous challenges. The trials our communities face today are stark. Right now, every county in America is experiencing an affordable housing crisis, rising inequality that creates neighborhoods with chronic and acute poverty, and a climate crisis that threatens vulnerable populations across the country. Declining […]

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Rural Studio: A Story of Solutions

When homes caught fire in Newbern, Alabama, they often burned to the ground while residents stood by watching helplessly. With a population of 184, the small town in Hale County went 110 years without a single new public building—including a firehouse. Residents had to wait for help to arrive from neighboring towns. Rural Studio, a […]

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