Presented during an AAO members breakfast round table at the 2014 Design Matters Conference, Berit Hoff and Cynthia Kracauer (AIA NY / Center for Architecture) share notes on the opportunities and challenges in stewarding an unusual exhibition format carried out each year by their organization. This novel exhibition format is hosted inside a NYC subway terminal; the format may serve as inspiration to those seeking new programming ideas, while the fundraising challenges addressed in the presentation can be applied to most any public program.
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This presentation by Mark Levin, BAI Leadership, offers a number of practical insights on the challenges of developing and sustaining an effective membership program for AAO member organizations. A veteran presenter, Levin also has the unique perspective of running a member-based association, so he literally practices what he preaches. This is a great primer for newcomers to our field and veterans alike, packed with information on membership trends and communications strategies to help you get the most out of your own membership cultivation efforts.
This compendium of 10 presentations by AAO members was delivered during the 2014 Design Matters Conference in Washington, DC (November 12-15). The group came together to share speculative ideas each had for the development of future design exhibitions and public programs; all sought the chance to gain feedback from the group, identify potential program collaborators, and generally see what new thinking was catching on with their peers. It's a great sampling of the ideas and talents at work across the AAO Network.
As part of the 2014 A+DEN Symposium, Barry Kudrowicz (University of Minnesota, College of Design) provided an introductory workshop that started out by covering a number of best practices on conducting brainstorming and group problem solving sessions and then transitioned into a hands-on building session that asked participants to dream up opportunities for embedding technology into structures. The workshop combined traditional model-making materials with easy-to-use sensors and motors from littleBits. This presentation is a useful primer for educators interested in incorporating more technology into their K-12 architecture education lessons, or just looking for new activities and ice-breakers/bell-ringers to facilitate group interaction.
As part of the 2014 A+DEN Symposium, Annie Conway and Jennifer Masengarb from the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) provided an introductory workshop on the world of student assessment and open badging, including CAF's current investments in building digital badges to accompany its free online design tool for K-12 students and educators, DiscoverDesign.org.
A featured workshop one the final day of the 2014 A+DEN Symposium focused on the challenges facing K-12 Architecture Educator to explain the value and impact of their efforts to lay audiences. Professional story coaches from Thought Warrior, Inc. worked with one A+DEN participant over a series of weeks; "Before" and "after" pitches were presented as part of this general workshop on effective storytelling.
Compilation of brief presentations from the second night of the 2014 A+DEN Symposium. Participants from across the United States met up at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum for 2.5 days of shared learning and networking. Each participant delivered a short address detailing his/her work - a useful snapshot of this unique field.
Compilation of brief presentations from the opening night of the 2014 A+DEN Symposium. Participants from across the United States met up at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum for 2.5 days of shared learning and networking. Each participant delivered a short address detailing his/her work - a useful snapshot of this unique field.
AAO Networks Webinar addressing "Marketing and Evaluating Your Next Big Design Event.” This 30-minute webinar from August 2014 by Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Patrick Miner (Research and Media Planner explores the trajectory of Open House Chicago over its first three years (2011-2013) as a case study to impart reliable strategies for producing low-cost but effective marketing campaigns, as well as tips for focusing evaluation on the types of critical audience impacts that can help not-for-profit architectural and design organizations secure program underwriting.
AAO Networks Webinar addressing "The Pros and Cons of Thematic Programming." This 30-minute webinar from June 2014 by Van Alen Institute's David van der Leer (Executive Director) and Sarah Farwell (Program Manager) explores the topic by using VAI's "ELSEWHERE: Escape and the Urban Environment" initiative as the relevant case study. Over the course of a ten day period in May 2014, VAI assembled a festival-like cluster of public programs - a strategy to draw increased audiences, funding, media coverage, and reap more planning efficiencies for its staff.