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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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