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.

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.

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.


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