Voters choose 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge People’s Choice Award winner

Winning Films to be Screened at Architecture and Design Film Festival

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Washington, D.C. – October 30, 2017 – The public cast more than 268,000 votes to select the People’s Choice Award Winner for this year’s I Look Up Film Challenge. Of the 82 films submitted, the winner, Paul-Vincent Alexander’s A Roof of Their Own, garnered almost half the votes with 122,527 total.

A Roof of Their Own features architect, Jose Luis Henriquez, and structural engineer, Raul Hinojosa, who worked together to provide low-cost and sustainable housing systems to impoverished communities susceptible to not only poor economic standards, but inclement weather and environmental patterns. Alexander will receive an exclusive screening of the winning film at the Architecture & Design Film Festival on November 1, along with cash and distribution prizes. An esteemed panel of judges named the Grand Prize, First Runner Up and Second Runner Up Winners in September.

Visit to watch the powerful films submitted this year and to learn more about the winners.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER- Myles Kramer, Community by Design: Skid Row Housing Trust

PEOPLE’S CHOICE- Paul-Vincent Alexander, A Roof Of Their Own

FIRST RUNNER UP- Brad Deal, Pisces

SECOND RUNNER UP- Julian Pham, A Little Alcove: San Francisco Navigation Center

About The American Institute of Architects

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Matt Tinder

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