AIA-LA Announces Call for Entries for Arch Is Competition


The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) has announced a call for entries for the 2010 Arch Is Competition. Only in its sophomore year, Arch Is is the newest addition to the AIA|Los Angeles’s growing roster of programs. The competition invites young architects and designers to share their portfolios and philosophies with an esteemed panel of judges. Two talented winners will be awarded with a public forum and the rare opportunity to share their perspective on what architecture is with the design community. The winner will also receive a cash award.

“At this stage in their career, young architects and designers have formed a clear idea of what architecture is, but they probably cannot draw an audience with whom to share those thoughts,” explains Li Wen, Gensler Design Director and Arch Is Committee Head. “Arch Is offers a much-needed forum for this new generation of architects and designers and an opportunity for them to present before an audience of peers and mentors.”

The 2010 Arch Is Jury includes: Neil Denari, AIA (Neil M. Denari Architects), Lisa Iwamoto, AIA (IWAMOTOSCOTT Architecture), Mia Lehrer, ASLA (Mia Lehrer + Associates), and Geoff Manaugh (BLDG BLOG).

The Arch Is competition is open to any design collaborations, design partnerships, or designers residing in California who have graduated from an accredited architecture school or foreign equivalent. Participants must register by December 17, 2010 and submit their materials by January 14, 2011. The winners will be announced and invited to speak at a public AIA|LA awards ceremony and forum event in March 2011.


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