CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE PROGRAMING

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Over the last year we have been working closely with the Austin Foundation for Architecture (AFA), and AIA Austin’s Executive Committee and membership to craft a program for a new Center for Architecture.

The new Austin Center for Architecture will be a cultural landmark—operating as a community-oriented information center for the public, a resource for AIA Austin members and the design community, and a destination to host the combined philanthropic efforts of AIA Austin and its nonprofit partner, the Austin Foundation for Architecture.

The new facility will expand AIA Austin and AFA's presence in the region, increasing public engagement and providing a community resource, as well as better serving the growing AIA Austin professional membership.

This programming guide sets the square footage, space, and operational requirements for the Austin Center for Architecture, which will include offices for the Austin Foundation for Architecture and AIA Austin Chapter within the context of needs for the next 10-15 years. The guide separates the program into five elements—each a different aspect of the Center's mission and needs. Diagrams of each element show the program areas, configurations, and adjacencies. Each diagram is followed by precedents for each space within the future Center. The document also outlines the general vision for The Center and addresses practical concerns such as technology needs and sustainability goals.

More diagrams and information are on our website.

AIA SUMMER SCHOOL

Join us this Thursday at the AIA Austin Summer School. We will have a draft of our Center for Architecture Program on display. You will have an opportunity to look at the program draft and comment.

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We are also hosting a session on Scale and the City, looking at three projects (The Corten House and Garden, Griffin School, and Lamar Union). All received AIA Awards this year. You'll hear from our esteemed colleagues addressing approaches to urban scale (Charles di Piazza, Chris Cobb, and Michael Hsu). Travis, Lincoln and Murray from our office will also present.

The conference will be held at the AT&T Conference Center.

Go to https://www.aiaaustin.org/content/summer-conference for details.

GRIFFIN SCHOOL WINS FIRST-EVER AIA AUSTIN PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

We are honored to announce that The Griffin School is the recipient of the first-ever Design Awards People's Choice Award! In an online poll that was open to the public, this project received the most votes over the course of the six-week campaign.

Deep Curiosity by Derrington Building Studio, Wilson Hack, and Drophouse Design was a close second, followed by Hill Country House by Miro Rivera Architects. Click here to learn more about the Griffin School project and other 2018 Design Award winners. Congratulations to our friends and colleagues!

GRIFFIN SCHOOL WINS AIA AUSTIN 2018 DESIGN AWARD

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We are excited and honored to announce that Griffin School has won an AIA Austin 2018 Design Award. Thank you AIA Austin and a big round of thanks to our wonderful design team: Adam Wilson (of the Griffin School), Rizzo Construction, Leap Structures, Encotech Engineering, Studio BalconesCivilitude Engineers, and Leonid Furmansky Photography.

Listen to the jury comments here

To see more of the Griffin School click here

We also want to extend a round of congratulations to all the other design award winners. You can see their projects on AIA Austin's website. There will also be an exhibition of the work at the new Austin Central Library.