Saturday, August 21, 2010

2010 People’s Choice Awards for Architecture

Wow! Time flies when you’re having fun (or in my case, when you’ve been sick in bed for weeks). It’s already time for the 21st annual People’s Choice Awards for Architecture, which will take place this coming week during the Eugene Celebration, August 27, 28 and 29, 2010. Once again, you’ll find the People’s Choice display in the showroom of Oveissi & Company, located at One East Broadway in the heart of downtown Eugene.

Each year, the American Institute of Architects - Southwestern Oregon Chapter (AIA-SWO) in collaboration with the American Society of Landscape Architects - Willamette Valley Section of the Oregon Chapter (ASLA) sponsors the People’s Choice Awards for Architecture.

The intent of the program is to educate and inspire our fellow citizens by showcasing architecture, interiors, and landscape architecture projects designed by AIA-SWO or ASLA members. The program demonstrates to the public how design professionals enhance the built environment.

Everyone can vote for their favorite designs in several categories. These categories may include:
  • Residential
  • Commercial / Public / Institutional
  • Interiors
  • Residential Landscape
  • Commercial / Public Landscape
  • Unbuilt
The People’s Choice Awards committee will count the votes and announce the winners at the September AIA-SWO Chapter Meeting. The committee will further publicize the winners in various media outlets.

My understanding is that the organizing committee has done an outstanding job, attracting a bumper crop of entrants for this year’s show.

(Image credit: the late, great Charles M. Schulz)

New this year at the People’s Choice display will be a booth staffed by AIA-SWO and ASLA volunteers offering design advice for a nominal fee of 5¢ per consultation. The booth is directly inspired by and modeled after the “Architecture 5¢” stand erected at the Ballard Farmer’s Market by Seattle designer John Morefield. Will Dixon, AIA of the People’s Choice Awards committee contacted John and received his endorsement of our proposed Architecture 5¢ booth.

The goals of the booth are to deliver architecture to the people and serve the public with good design. The Architecture 5¢ principles of conduct are as follows:
  • Good design should be available to everyone… period
  • No project is too small for big ideas
  • Be good . . .
Don’t miss this year’s People’s Choice display! There’s more than ever before to see. Check it out and help bring design excellence to the forefront of our community’s consciousness.

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