Conference Topics in the News


Design in Action is less than two weeks away! We've compiled some articles to get you geared up.

Our keynote speaker, Teddy Cruz, was just named one of the New Masters of Design in Fast Company. 

Attending the session on pop-up urbanism? Read "Temporary is the New Permanent" in the Atlantic Cities.

We have an interesting session planned on humanitarian design. Learn more about this topic in "Altruism, Architecture & Disaster," Architect Magazine.

Learn about great urban design in Philadelphia. Read "City Shaping III: The Philadelphia Story" by Charles Birnbaum in the Huffington Post. Don't miss Birnbaum's conference session, Talking Architecture.

Haven't registered yet? You have until 11:59pm Monday to register online. Note: walk up registration will be available.
Register now for Design in Action 2011.

  Spotlight on Inaugural Seattle Design Festival


What makes a great design festival? We caught up with the organizers of the first-ever Seattle Design Festival, AAO member AIA Seattle. Last week, thousands of people attended the festival, which lasted ten days, involved ten partner organizations, and put on over thirty events.  One of the most popular programs was a film series, which drew a broad audience, and combined light-hearted aspects with challenging content and always resulted in lively discussions. Hear more of their thoughts on what worked and what didn't.

Read our Q&A with Linda Norlen of AIA Seattle, organizer of the Seattle Design Festival. 

  Member News


AAO welcomes five new members this month: John J. Aslanian from Cambridge, MA, Ruth Lozner from College Park, MD, Anna Sanko from New Haven, CT, Avagail Shimshoni from Natick, MA, and Robin Vande Zande from Stow, OH.
Find out more about AAO membership.

Congratulations to AAO Member Triangle Modernist Houses for receiving the 2011 Anthemion Award for their contribution to historic preservation.

AAO is featured in a list of best architecture blogs. Read "50 Best Blogs for Architecture Students" and look for AAO at #30.



Battle of the Bricks
Competition for black and Latino students
age 11-17 to create unique designs using LEGO bricks. $25,000 in prizes! Deadline: December 9.

Research: Art Works
NEA grant for researching the value and impact of the arts sector in the U.S. Grant amount: $10,000-$30,000. Deadline: November 8.

21st Century Museum Professionals
IMLS funding for activities that support increasing knowledge and skills of museum professionals. Grant amount: $15,000-$500,000. Deadline: March 15.

  How to Teach Design

What should be the focus of design education: teaching technical skills or ways of thinking? In this six part series "Teach Less, Integrate More,"  Paul Backett advises against focusing on the latest software, and instead, advocates for teaching the traditional design process, which includes framing the problem, exploring ideas, making prototypes, and storytelling. Hear his thoughts on how to teach research, sketching, prototyping, collaboration, and presentation.

Read the six-part series "Teach Less, Integrate More" at Core 77.



Job Openings

Chicago Architecture Foundation, Director of Corporate Relations

Harbourfront Centre, Head of Education

National Building Museum, Vice President for Development

National Trust for Historic Preservation, Director of Business Operations

Pratt Institute, Assistant Director of Exhibitions

  Marketing Tips and Tools

Scoop.It for Content Curation - Avoid becoming content fried!
In this age of information overload, how should nonprofits select what to share via social media? See this Scoop.It page on the topic of content curation for nonprofits.

Essential YouTube Tips for Nonprofits
How do you make sure people find and view your videos? Advice from Heather Mansfield, author of the new book Social Media for Social Good.

Google Grants
Google has an in-kind donation program of up to $40,000 in free Google AdWords advertising for nonprofits. Read this article for more details: "Research Your Keywords Before Applying to Google Grants."

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