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2016 Film Challenge Invites filmmakers and architects to produce short films that demonstrate the impact design can have on a community

With the success of the inaugural 'I Look Up' Film Challenge, the AIA has launched a new film challenge inviting filmmakers and architects to team-up to produce short films that demonstrates architecture as a solution.  Registration is open now through July 10 for individuals who wish to participate. The challenge will run from July 18 to August 14, and winners will be announced in September 2016.  To learn more about how to register, visit:

Winners will receive cash prizes and will have their film screened at the Architecture & Design Film Festival and SXSW Eco Conference.

Last year, the 'I Look Up' Film Challenge garnered 26 short films, with one grand prize winner, “My City Listens,” two runner-ups, and a People’s Choice award.  The 2016 Film Challenge kicked off with the debut of a short documentary film on Rural Studio, Auburn University’s community-oriented, design-build program dedicated to improving the western Alabama region with good design. Click on the image above to view the film.

The winners of the 35th annual Art in Architecture Student Design Competition were recognized April 10 at an Awards Reception at Heapy Engineering attended by approximately 60 students, parents, school advisors and AIA Dayton members.

The program, a downtown Urban Gallery and Loft (the adaptive reuse of the existing Oriel Building) was open to college-bound high school students interested in art, architecture, or design.   Fifty-five students from seven area high schools participated in the program.

The winners were Timmy Hutchins, a junior at Oakwood High School, who was awarded the Top Design Award and a $750 Heapy Engineering college scholarship.Nathan Hess, a senior at Oakwood High School, won the Merit Award and a $500 scholarship.  Reyhan Motlagh, a junior at Oakwood High School, was awarded the Sinclair Community College Pathways Scholarship for one semester of classes.

Two Honorable Mention Book Awards of $100 each, and the book “Becoming an Architect,” were awarded to Matt Stover, a junior an Oakwood High School and Austin Fuchs, a junior at Chaminade Julienne High School.

An award for the Most Creative Use of Materials went to Chaminade Julienne High School Junior, Sara Bowman; while Beavercreek High School senior Michael Rick received the Future Architect Award.  

Rounding out the prizes and receiving the Master Craftsman award for the best presentation, was Aaron Plas, an Upper Valley Career Center senior.  

Thanks to sponsors Heapy Engineering, Sinclair Community College, RTA and WD Partners for their generous contributions to the event.

The 2016 program, Urban Gallery and Lofts, is inspired by the need for first floor activation spaces and urban revitalization for the downtown city of Dayton. The project will feature the adaptive reuse of two connected buildings, the Oriel Studios building, 135-137 East Third Street, Dayton (on the northwest corner of East Third Street and N. Saint Clair). The building owner and our "client" would like to see the first floor be recreated as a commercial business such as a retail space, art gallery or cafe/restaurant. Click here to access the complete program description, rules and registration forms, site drawings, and RVT file.

The 2015 edition of the Procrastinator's Day occurred on October 29th at Elements IV, who proved to be gracious hosts. Attendance increased this year, thanks in large part to the many procrastinators in the AIA Dayton!

A special thank you to our first presenter, Julie Wiebusch of The Greenbusch Group, who sponsored the breakfast spread that included coffee, juice, bagels, and other delectable treats. This first presentation, "Acoustics Beyond the Science" challenged members to hear through the ears of a 6-year-old and attempt to ignore the smiley face award presentation. Who knew we were going to be quizzed on our auditory ability...can someone pass me a glass of "juice", not a glass of "teeth"?

The next presentation, offered by Eric Pempus with the Oswald Group, proved once again to be invaluable as Eric reviewed the A/E Stamping and Sealing Standards. Through his carefully crafted stories members were made aware of the why, when, and who is to use their Professional Seal.

From there members were released to lunch, sponsored by the Vendor Blender Group. This open forum display of vendors allowed members to gather product information all in one spot while enjoying the Dorothy Lane Market Killer Brownie.

After lunch, the seminar turned serious as Amy Kobe with the Ohio Architects Board updated everyone on the upcoming changes to the ARE, IDP, and Integrated Path to Licensure. As always, Amy presented these topics with excitement and a wealth of knowledge, and also offered a friendly reminder to those present to complete their continuing education requirements.

The last presentation of the day, "Net-Zero" presented by Alec Carnes and Mark Brumfield with Heapy Engineers, elicited many questions and much discussion. This presentation included an overview of Net-Zero strategies while evaluating case study examples of built projects. AIA Dayton would once again like to thank our host, Elements IV, our sponsors The Greenbush Group and The Vendor Blend Group, and all of the presenters for making the 2015 AIA Procrastinator Seminar an educational success.

The 2015 Focus on Design Lecture was well attended by architects and guests on Tuesday, November 3rd.  All enjoyed conversation, beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and a tour of the museum before the formal part of the evening started. President Dave Bills introduced the speaker Carlos Jimenez, Houston based architect and professor at Rice University.  Carlos spoke of his body of work, mostly in the state of Texas, highlighting his thoughts on design, urban sprawl and reflection the impact of history on current design.  Highlights included his own house and studio projects with adjacent home as one complex, and several projects in the small town of Marfa, Texas.  His lecture was deep in thought, yet peppered with humor that made for an entertaining evening.  A special thanks to Miami University for teaming with AIA Dayton to bring Mr. Jimenez to the region and joining us in this presentation.

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