On this call (6/30), will we discuss current thinking and near-term strategies for the re-opening of of galleries and other relevant concerns that can be addressed through exhibition-making.
Past AAO Events
The Association of Architecture Organizations conducts year-round programs for its members, as well as select events for the general public. The primary function of these activities is to provide educators and representatives from architectural organizations with a forum for networking, resource sharing, and joint learning.
At this meeting, representatives from 11 organizations (for a list of participants click here) across the AAO Network convened a call to discuss planning for virtual summer design camps. The following resources were shared amongst participants:
Friday, May 15: At this A+DEN check-in, we will share our organizations’ respective plans for hosting summer design camps. Please come ready to share your plans as well as any resources you’re finding particularly helpful.
Tuesday, May 12: A chance to trade notes with resource development staff from peer architecture organizations. Come ready to discuss our shared challenges, and at least one success or bright spot you’ve enjoyed since our world went on pause.
AAO Tours Network Call, 5/8: Establishing Your Virtual Tour
Hosted by Sarah Lann (Los Angeles Conservatory) and Mary Fichtner (AAO and AIANY/Center for Architecture)
Representatives from 16 organizations across the AAO community convened to discuss plans and opportunities around virutal tours. Please visit this link for this list of participants on the call.
Below is a short list of some of the resources that were shared:
Friday, May 8: At this meeting, we will discuss the ins and outs of hosting audiences online, including ways to prep and support your docents/guides
AAO Exhibitions Network Call: Exhibition Planning During COVID-19 (5/6)
Hosted by Berit Hoff (AIANY/Center for Architecture) and Paige McWhorter (BSA Space)
Representatives from 25 organizations across the AAO community convened to discuss plans and opportunities around virutal tours.Please visit this link for this list of participants on the call.
Wednesday, May 6: Join your peers from other exhibiting organizations to discuss strategies for digitizing exhibitions on architecture.
This presentation will examine the current crisis through two frameworks, the Leadership Decision Triad, and the Scenario Matrix to help you navigate during turbulent and uncertain times
CEO Network – April 24
Hosted by AAO Chair Lynn Osmond
Representatives from 23 organizations (see list below) across the AAO Network convened a call to check-in on everyone’s progress in steering their respective organizations through the early days of the pandemic.
Representatives from 20 organizations (for a list of participants click here) across the AAO Network convened a call to check-in on everyone’s progress in cope with fallout from COVID-19 and to issue updates on transitioning in-person programs to online platforms. In addition to organizational updates from participants, the notes below summarize some of the larger discussion points.
On our recent call of AAO’s Architecture + Design Education Network, representatives from over 30 organizations (for a list of participants click here) discussed their biggest near-term challenges for serving students during the social distancing procedures required to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Representatives from 20 organizations (for a list of participants click here) across the AAO Network convened a call to see how our various organizations are engaging/planning to engage core audiences and stakeholders during this period of mandated social isolation. Several individuals shared out some specific resources that could be applied to most any architecture organization (agnostic of geographic location).
AAO hosts regularly scheduled conference calls for several of our networks--including Public Programs, Tours, Fundraising, Exhibitions, and K-12 Education. These are support groups and info exchanges, we encourage that a representative or two from your organization participate!
We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Design Matters Conference will be held in New York City on November 18-21, 2020!
The 2019 Design Matters Conference took place in Chicago on November 6-9, 2019. For 2019 Design Matters Conference details, including an archived version of the speakers and schedule, please visit designmattersconference.org.
The next AAO Exhibition Sharing Committee Meeting will take place Wednesday, June 19 from 11:00am-12:00pm Eastern Time and is open to all AAO Members.
At this next meeting, we will continue with another short round of individual reports from members, as well as discuss priority activities we think should be included in the Design Matters Conference this fall in Chicago.
During the 2018 Design Matters Conference in Seattle this past November, a number of long-time AAO members voiced their interest in establishing a committee to exchange timely updates and information concerning traveling exhibitions suitable for display at AAO member sites.
AAO Board member and Executive Director of AIA New York/Center for Architecture Benjamin Prosky will chair this ad hoc committee, which is open to all current AAO members.
The Design Matters Conference is the world’s only dedicated annual meeting that seeks to bring top designers, journalists, and civic leaders into exploratory dialogue with those not-for-profit professionals and volunteers charged with creating cultural programs (exhibitions, tours, lectures and symposia, festivals and films, youth outreach) to spur broader public interest in architecture, urbanism, and culture.