Sunday, August 17, 2014

25th Annual People’s Choice Awards

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. As the 25th annual edition of the event, this year’s People’s Choice Awards program promises to be bigger and better than ever. 
The intent of the People’s Choice Awards is to educate and inspire our fellow citizens by showcasing architecture, interiors, and landscape architecture projects created within the Southwestern Oregon Chapter area by AIA, ASLA, or AIAS members. The program demonstrates to the public the role of the design professions in enhancing the built environment.  
This year, we’re asking the public to vote for their favorite designs in several categories at the Lane County Home Improvement Show, October 10-12, 2014 at the Lane Events Center.(1) We expect to garner a record number of ballots as folks attending the Home Improvement Show will be eagerly absorbing all they can about design and construction. The show will be an excellent opportunity for AIA-SWO and ASLA members to showcase their best recent projects. 
All the votes will be counted and winners recognized at the October AIA-SWO Chapter Meeting. 
Participation Benefits
You’ll gain valuable public exposure and feedback from the community by entering the People’s Choice Awards. Your professional colleagues will also have the opportunity to vote on your entry as part of the Colleagues’ Choice Awards. Your boards will be displayed at the Lane Events Center throughout the duration of the Home Improvement Show. AIA-SWO will post pictures and written descriptions of all the winners on the chapter website, and also seek to further publicize the awards program through various local media outlets. 
Intent to Enter: Save the Date!
Look for the Intent to Enter form in a few days. We’ll conveniently post it for downloading from the AIA-SWO website. The Intent to Enter deadline will be September 15, so be sure to act quickly once the form available.  

(1)    With no Eugene Celebration this year, the People’s Choice Awards committee looked for another venue. The organizers of the Lane County Home Improvement Show are enthusiastic about hosting the awards display this year, offering a key location within the Events Center at no charge. With the outstanding attendance the Home Improvement Show always attracts, this is a big win for the People’s Choice Awards.

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