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.

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.

Alaska Design Forum Celebrates 20 Years

Alaska Design Forum's 20th Anniversary

Congratulations to the Alaska Design Forum on their 20th Anniversary! We chatted with Klaus Mayer, trustee of the Forum and member of the AAO Board of Directors, about the Forum's past, present, and future.

Los Angeles Conservancy Mobile App: LA 1960s Architecture

Apps are on every organization’s radar these days. But, as Cindy Olnick of the LA Conservancy points out, "it's a balancing act to try new things without randomly jumping on bandwagons." AAO spoke with Olnick about the LA 1960s Architecture app: the motivation behind it, how much investment was required, and what benefits they've seen so far.

AIA Collaborative Achievement Goes to AAO Member Again!

AAO members have always made a strong showing in the AIA's Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement, from national outfits like the American Architectural Foundation to devoted individual members like design educator Anna Sanko and the Architecture Resource Center.

#AAO2012 Twitter Conversation

November 8-10, 2012 the Association of Architecture Organizations brought together the largest gathering of leaders and educators from architectural organizations dedicated to enhancing public dialogue about architecture and design. Here are pieces of the conversation it sparked:

How to Apply for Google Grants -- Free Advertising on for Nonprofits

By Patrick Miner, Media & Outreach Coordinator, Chicago Architecture Foundation
Google’s innovative search algorithms direct hundreds of millions of people to the websites they need everyday. The internet giant has become one of the most valuable and influential companies in the world by developing an advertising platform that is integrated into those search results we all know so well.


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