Monday, October 1, 2012

Happy Birthday(s) to Us!

Everybody loves a party, right? How about three parties in one? Join your friends and colleagues for a big, happy celebration this Friday, October 5! We’re commemorating not only AIA-Southwestern Oregon’s 60th anniversary, but also the first birthday of Architects Building Community and the grand unveiling of the Octagon, the new home for both AIA-SWO and ABC. 

Thanks to its membership, AIA-SWO is stronger and more active than ever before. Sixty years on, our chapter continues to fulfill its charter promise to unite our profession in fellowship while ensuring its members are of ever-increasing service to society. We all deserve a big pat on the back for the countless positive contributions we’ve made to our community’s built environment. 

Architects Building Community is one year old and starting to find its footing. If you’re not familiar with ABC, it’s a new, 501c(3) charitable organization dedicated to supporting public education, community outreach, and well-informed public involvement in planning design excellence for our communities and public spaces. Come to the party to learn more about ABC and its exciting plans. 

The Octagon’s name is a play upon the space’s unique geometry as well as the namesake Octagon in Washington, DC—chosen by the American Institute of Architects as its headquarters in 1899 and now a National Historic Treasure. Located at 92 East Broadway, the Octagon is destined to become a downtown icon, the center of gravity for architecture in southwestern Oregon. We imagine great things happening here. 

The party is also a gala for everyone, the third stop for October’s First Friday Artwalk in Eugene. It’s our chance as architects to step out on the town, strut our stuff, and share our joy for architecture with our neighbors. We’ll showcase the 2012 winners of the People’s Choice, Colleagues’ Choice, and Mayor’s Choice awards. Mayor Kitty Piercy will commemorate the occasion on behalf of the City of Eugene. There will be musical entertainment, and fine wine by Oakdale Cellars. And of course it wouldn’t be birthday party without a cake, an octagonal one no less, courtesy of Cornucopia Catering

So, mark your calendars and be sure not to miss the social event of the season. We’ll save a piece of cake for you! 

What:               AIA-SWO & ABC Birthday Bash 

When:              7:00 PM – Friday, October 5, 2012 

Where:            The Octagon, 92 East Broadway, downtown Eugene 

Cost:               Free!

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