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      Voting is Open for the AIA Barbie® Dream House™ Design Competition

      Contact: Scott Frank
      202-626-7467
      sfrank@aia.org

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      Washington, D.C. – July 14, 2011
      – This May, Mattel debuted Barbie® I Can Be™…Architect doll at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) national convention where she was well received by fellow female architects. With 125 careers and counting, Barbie® encourages girls to be anything they want to be  - Barbie® I Can Be™… Architect doll introduces girls to this rewarding career in a way only Barbie® can.  

      As a way to further engage the design community in I Can Be™ Architect,  the AIA launched  a competition for architects to design their own interpretation of a Barbie® DreamHouse™.  A jury was selected and five finalists have been chosen for the public to vote on and determine the overall winner. While the architects submissions will not be produced by Mattel, it’s still fun to play with Barbie® regardless of your age.

      Click here to view the submissions and vote for your favorite.  The competition is open until August 1st, with the winner announced on August 2nd in conjunction with the retail launch of Barbie® I Can Be™... Architect doll.

      This is a great opportunity for the public, and children in particular, to read about and see the approach an architect takes to a design project.

      Actual URL for voting: http://www.aia.org/architectbarbiedreamhouse

      About The American Institute of Architects
      For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

      About Mattel
      Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT - News) (www.mattel.com) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels®, Matchbox®, American Girl®, Radica® and Tyco® R/C, as well as Fisher-Price® brands, including Little People®, Power Wheels® and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2011, Mattel was named as one of FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the fourth year in a row, and also is ranked among Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs approximately 30,000 people in 43 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are "Creating the Future of Play."

 

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