2018 AIA Film Challenge winners selected

Winning films to be screened at Architecture & Design Film Festival and Chicago Ideas event.

WASHINGTON – Oct. 9, 2018 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is announcing winners today of the 2018 AIA Film Challenge. The four winning films are:

Grand Prize – “Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden School

Runner Up – “A Joyful Gathering Place

Third Place – “ChildSafe: Designed to Heal

People’s Choice Award – “Ka Hale: A Revival”

Grand prize, runner up and third place recipients were selected by a panel of judges made up of architects and film/media professionals while the People’s Choice Award was selected through votes cast by the public.

Both the Grand Prize Winner and People’s Choice Award will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and trips to New York City and Chicago, respectively. Winners will officially premiere later this month at the following events:

Oct. 16 – “Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden School” screens at the opening night of the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) in New York.

Oct. 16-21 – “A Joyful Gathering Place” and “ChildSafe: Designed to Heal” will screen throughout ADFF.

Oct. 18 – “Ka Hale: A Revival” screens at Chicago Ideas, an annual festival in Chicago.

Both architects and filmmakers were invited to participate in this year’s film challenge by telling stories of architects, civic leaders, and their communities working together toward positive community impact. This year’s film submissions covered a variety of topics, including affordable housing, social impact issues, preservation and sustainability.

Visit AIAFilmChallenge.org to watch the films online and to learn more about the winners. Use #BlueprintforBetter to join the conversation.

About AIA

Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.


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