Celebrate Architecture 2011 – “Uncovering the Potential”

The Shaw Center in Baton Rouge was host to more than 300 Louisiana architects, designers, and students to gather for the 12th annual Celebrate Architecture design symposium.  Unified around the theme “Uncovering the Potential” five distinguished architects including David Lewis and Marc Tsurumaki of Lewis.Tsuramaki.Lewis from New York, Doug Stockman and Dan Maginn of El Dorado from Kansas City, and Kevin Daly of Daly Genik Architects from Santa Monica, shared the collective work of their respective firms in the morning and followed in the afternoon with an in-depth review of a single project from each firm that began from a difficult or underutilized site that required an inventive solution to realize the potential of the eventual design solution. The compelling projects presented were well-received by the AIA Louisiana membership and the event served as a great opportunity for real dialogue among colleagues.

Our very own Doug Ashe served as moderator and continues to organize the event on behalf of AIA Louisiana. Mike Nichols designed the event media, marketing materials, and coordinated the production of the presentations.

As a direct result of the financial success of Celebrate Architecture, AIA Louisiana was able to establish its annual AIA Louisiana Traveling Fellowship, a $5,000 travel/study abroad award available to 3rd and 4th year students at Louisiana schools of architecture. With the continued success of Celebrate Architecture we are now able to award two fellowships each year. Additionally, AIA Louisiana makes an annual $500 contribution to each of the five AIAS chapters in the state.