About

The American Institute of Architect’s third annual I Look Up Film Challenge invites architects and filmmakers to collaborate in bringing architectural stories to life. This year’s challenge calls for films that highlight projects and architects that are helping to change communities for the better.

Learn more about the theme,
Blueprint for Better.

 

Prizes

  • $2,500 in cash.
    $1,000 in credit toward a Haiku fan from Big Ass Solutions
    Exclusive screening at Architecture & Design Film Festival in Chicago, September 26, 2017
    Airfare and hotel expenses covered for Chicago festival
    Exclusive screening at Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York City, November 2017
    Recognition and distribution on AIA channels
    $500 Zacuto Gift Certificate
  • $2,500 in cash
    Exclusive screening at Architecture & Design Film Festival in NYC, November 1, 2017
    Airfare and hotel expenses covered for NYC festival
    Recognition and distribution on AIA channels
    $250 Zacuto Gift Certificate
  • Exclusive screening at Architecture & Design Film Festival in Chicago, September 26, 2017
    Exclusive screening at Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York City, November 2017
    Recognition and distribution on AIA channels
    $250 Zacuto Gift Certificate
  • Exclusive screening at Architecture & Design Film Festival in Chicago, September 26, 2017
    Exclusive screening at Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York City, November 2017
    Recognition and distribution on AIA channels
    $250 Zacuto Gift Certificate

Judges

  • Rosa T. Sheng, AIA

    Rosa Sheng is a Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Founding Chairperson for Equity by Design, an AIA SF Committee. She has led a variety of award-winning and internationally acclaimed projects throughout her 20+ year career. Rosa steered the 2014 and 2016 AIA Equity in Architecture Survey which has launched a national movement for achieving equitable practice and design in Architecture.

  • Thomas Vonier, FAIA

    Thomas Vonier is the 2017 President on AIA. Tom works from Paris and Washington, DC, for organizations with worldwide industrial holdings. Board-certified in security planning and operations as well as a licensed architect, Tom led groundbreaking work on embassy security for the US State Department.

  • Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA

    Michael Ford, born and raised in Detroit, is known as The Hip Hop Architect as he leads a national initiative exploring architecture and urban planning through the lens of hip hop culture. Ford, is the founder of The Hip Hop Architecture Camp™, a national wide camp which uses Hip Hop Architecture as a catalyst to increase the number of underrepresented communities in architecture.

  • John Montague

    John Montague is a film producer, whose credits include 2017 Oscar-winning Moonlight (Associate Producer), Tchoupitoulas (Executive Producer), True Conviction (Associate Producer), and The Last Season (Executive Producer). Before venturing into film production, John was a senior agent for the renowned street performance group Improv Everywhere. John lives in Arcata, CA with his wife Jessica and their 2 daughters, Holly and Lucy.

  • Priscilla Ghaznavi

    Priscilla Ghaznavi leads a team of designers in forecasting color, trend and design across all color systems as well as marketing color collateral at Benjamin Moore. Drawing on her 17 years of experience her work encompasses all of the corresponding tools and strategies as well as their delivery to retailers and consumers worldwide. Prior to Benjamin Moore, she held design leadership positions at companies such as Walmart, Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic and Victoria’s Secret.

  • Glenn Kiser

    Glenn Kiser is Director of the Dolby ® Institute, an initiative to educate and inspire filmmakers and content creators about the creative use of sound and image in storytelling. From 1999 to 2010, Glenn ran Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Sound, where artists gathered 14 Academy Award ® nominations for their work on movies including Avatar, Wall-E, The Social Network, and the Star Wars prequels. Before joining Skywalker, Glenn was a postproduction executive at Propaganda Films.

Past Entries

Grand Prize Winner: Arch 335: Rebuilding Medcamps

This short film showcases the blossoming partnership between the Design Build Studios of Louisiana Tech University and Medcamps of Louisiana, a non-profit organization that provides free summer camp experiences to children with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

Runner-Up: 20×10

20x10 shares the vision for a radical new community for the chronically homeless in Austin, TX. Key architects involved in the project discuss the intention behind their designs, and their efforts to build community through unique 20x10 "micro" homes.

Third Place: Build Back Better

In June 2008 a destructive flood swept through Cedar Rapids. Hundreds of homes and businesses were lost including 300 city owned buildings and some of the city’s most prominent public structures. Eight years later, we wanted to tell the story of the role we played in charting a course out of the devastation.

The Guard

An Architect and a Surfer discuss how an innovative Lifeguard Tower can protect the beach in a beautiful way.

HOME

Architecture is more than designing a building it is about building communities. HOME has many meanings to different people and we explore that meaning with a senior community.

Pickathon: An Architectural Solution

Since 2013, Portland State University's Diversion Design-Build Studio has partnered with Pickathon to address the temporary nature of music festivals and the waste they typically generate.

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BLUEPRINT FOR BETTER

  • This year’s theme for the AIA’s 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge.

    This year’s campaign shines a light on the powerful social impact of architects and their work. In partnership with their clients and communities, architects plant the seeds that blossom into stronger neighborhoods, towns and cities. We invite you to share your story.

    Midtown.
    A Blueprint for Better.

    Watch the 2017 film challenge seed film.

     

News & Stories

Film Challenge Tips & Tricks: Q&A with the I Look Up Creative Team

“It’s not just about a beautiful building. It’s about how that building has affected a community.” Final submissions for the 3rd annual I Look Up Film Challenge are due 8/13.... READ MORE <<

Why create an I Look Up architecture film?

“Our success in the film challenge was an incredible achievement for us, but to our surprise the film turned out to be a catalyst that triggered an incredible outpouring of... READ MORE <<

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