Sunday, September 14, 2008

Design on Display


I’ve just returned home from this year’s AIA-SWO People’s Choice Awards display at the Eugene Celebration. From what I saw, it was an unqualified success. Not only did we showcase more entrants (36) than in any previous year, but from all accounts there was a steady flow of people very much interested in the exhibit throughout the entire weekend. As a means to deliver our message about the benefits of design excellence and what design professionals provide to enhance the built environment, the People’s Choice program is priceless and the very best kind of publicity. My thanks to everyone involved with the People’s Choice organizing committee: Kurt, Barbara, Jenna, Shawn, Sara, Anita, Janna, and Matt (did I forget anyone?). I’d also like to thank all of the AIA-SWO and ASLA members who volunteered their time to staff the exhibit during the Celebration. We couldn’t have done it without you.

The results of the public’s voting (as well as the “colleague’s choice” balloting) will be presented at the September chapter meeting, which is this year’s awards banquet (recognizing both the People’s Choice winners and the recipients of the 2008 AIA-SWO Craftsmanship Awards). All of the People’s Choice entrants will be on display at the banquet, so if you missed seeing the display during the Celebration at the Oveissi & Company store you can catch it at Gerlinger Hall on the University of Oregon campus this Wednesday evening. The People’s Choice boards will also be displayed at the Corvallis Public Library in November so that our neighbors up north in the heart of the valley get an opportunity to see the best work of our membership as well.


Speaking of Oveissi & Company, many thanks to Kaz Oveissi for his hospitality. His store is the perfect venue for the People’s Choice exhibit during the Eugene Celebration, ideally sited and commodious (with beautiful rugs as a backdrop for the projects). Thanks too, to all of our other People’s Choice display sponsors: Central Print & Reprographics, The Green Store, and The Eugene Weekly.

See you all at the AIA-SWO Awards Banquet this coming Wednesday, September 17th!

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