April 7, 2014
As part of a national event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is working to increase attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design. Held from April 6 through 12, National Architecture Week is a public awareness campaign showcasing the innovative and talented architects who’ve made positive contributions to our communities and society in general. National Architecture Week is annually held during the birthday week of our nation’s first president/architect, Thomas Jefferson (April 12).
This year’s National Architecture Week is highlighted by several events taking place on social media platforms. Throughout the week, AIA National will post links to videos on Twitter and Facebook from several award-winning architects sharing what inspires them about architecture. You can follow the Twitter activity by using the hashtag #archweek14.
The Architecture Is Awesome contest on Instagram will use the social networking platform to showcase architects’ favorite designs and encourage architecture fans to share their thoughts and engage with like-minded professionals during the week. Instagram users will also have an opportunity to win prize gift cards in the Architecture Is Awesome sweepstakes by uploading tagged images of their favorite local architectural sites. Five lucky winners will be selected based on what is considered to be the best images of architecture. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 16, on Twitter.
Occurring simultaneously in several markets will be the premier of the PBS series, Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture. The program will showcase some of the 21st century’s most provocative and innovative public space architecture in North America. Each hour-long episode is organized around a central building typology theme — such as Performance Spaces or Art Spaces — and profiles three buildings. Learn more about this program and when it will be airing in your market here: http://www.coolspaces.tv/tvshow/on-air-schedule-2/
Residents of New Jersey can take part in National Architecture Week by learning about the architects and architectural projects that are significantly influencing daily life in the Garden State. The best examples can be found among AIA-NJ’s 2013 Design Award winners:
Architects are skilled professionals who listen to you, interpret your wishes, help realize your building dreams, and add value at every stage of a project.