National Architecture Week Blog Posts
National Architecture Week takes place April 12-18, 2015. This year we celebrate architecture as a source of reinvention, recognizing the architect’s profound ability to reinvent an industry through design, a community through a building’s purpose, and the beauty and function of architecture itself through restoration and historic preservation.
The annual commemorative week falls on President Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, April 13th. While not educated as an architect, Jefferson is the only U.S. president recognized for his affinity for architecture. Most notably he designed the the grounds plan for the University of Virginia, the state’s first public university. From monticello.org:
In 1772, Jefferson’s self-taught architectural prowess is recognized by the colonial Governor of Virginia, Lord Dunmore, who asks him to design an addition to the main building of the College of William and Mary. The drawing is a precursor of Jefferson’s design for the University of Virginia, sketched more than forty years later.
On Wednesday, April 15th, a special #AIAchat will take place at 2pmEDT with host Stephen Ayers, the Architect of the Capitol. Mr. Ayers will take over the @uscapitol account to chat with us about historic preservation and the restoration of the Capitol dome. Did you know he oversees 17.4 million sq. ft. of space and 150 acres of historic grounds? Join the chat using #AIAchat and #ArchWeek15!
My Favorite Building
Individual buildings buildings can have more personal meaning than others. A new project can reinvent the way we use, see, or experience them within our community. Sometimes it’s their resilience, never changing or moving, that holds the meaning and represents something constant in our lives.
What is your favorite building? Why is it special to you? Share your story #ilookup and #ArchWeek15. Post on photo on Instagram and see it featured in the photo gallery on ilookup.org. At the end of the week we’ll share with you a round-up of stories!
Around the country, AIA chapters will host local events to commemorate the week. Find an event in your area.
And don’t forget to check back in for daily updates on ilookup.org beginning on the 12th!