A round-up of trending stories relevant to architectural organizations and AAO Member Spotlights. Plus, you make the news! Timely posts by and for AAO Members.

Welcome to the new website! Log-In instructions for Members

We're excited to launch this new website! AAO Members, this is your place to share your work and ideas. Please follow these easy steps to get set up, so that you can edit your profile, post items, view resources, and participate in discussions.

Save the date for 2014 AAO Events!

At the 2013 AAO Conference last week in Boston, the Association of Architecture Organizations announced dates and locations for three learning and networking events for the coming year. Mark your calendars now! More details to be released over the coming months. Space is limited for certain events, so Contact Us if you wish to reserve your spot today.

Member Spotlight: Harbourfront's Newest Venue, The Exhibition Common

Exhibition Night time photo of Exhibition Common at Harbourfront Centre. Photo credit: Riley Wallace.

The Harbourfront Center may attract 17 million visitors annually, but according to Patrick Macaulay, Head of Visual Arts at the Harbourfront Centre on Toronto’s waterfront, this not-for-profit never stops dreaming. AAO interviews Macaulay to learn about the Centre’s newest experiment in visitor engagement, its open air Exhibition Common.

Fall Festival Round-up

Check out these events hosted by our members this fall. Kick off the season by visiting an architecture festival in a city near you!

AAO Members Weekend in Columbus Wrap-Up

Summer 2013 brought about our largest AAO Members Weekend yet, as 35 friends and colleagues gathered in one of the world’s great meccas of modernism: Columbus, Indiana. We took in more fantastic architecture over a 10 square mile area than you might think possible, and heard three very memorable presentations from local experts, Steven Risting and Will Miller, and from AAO Member John Comazzi.

San Francisco's Architecture and the City Festival: 10 Years Old & Thriving

AIA SF and the Center for Architecture + Design Executive Director Margie O’Driscoll calls the San Francisco Architecture and the City Festival (now in its 10th year), “inspiring, collaborative, and discovery-driven.” Read how the festival’s modest beginnings have grown and developed to become one of the nation’s largest architectural events.

"Investigating Where We Live" featured in the Washington Post

Investigating Where We Live is the National Building Museum's summer outreach program for teens in the D.C. metro area. On July 5, the Washington Post published an article on the program and the students' experience in the Shaw neighborhood. Read "National Building Museum helps teens explore Shaw, a neighborhood in transition."


Design Allies Facebook Facelift

What’s the best way for an architectural organization to harness the potential of Facebook? The Design Center in Pittsburgh has enjoyed lots of success building its new Design Allies page – consistently adding 600+ “likes each month. Read about the strategy behind their social media work in this Member Spotlight.

Dedicated to Architecture Conference Wrap-Up

Gregory Dreicer, former Vice President of Interpretation and Exhibitions at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, shares his thoughts with AAO after having presented at the Dedicated to Architecture Conference, including what leaders of architecture centers around the world set forward as priorities.


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