Celebrate Architecture 2012 – “An Architecture of Engagement”

More than 300 architects, designers, and students from across the state gathered in Baton Rouge at the Shaw Center once again for the 13th annual Celebrate Architecture Design Symposium.  Built around the theme “An Architecture of Engagement” four distinguished architects including Adam Yarinsky of Architecture Research Office from New York, Will Bruder of Will Bruder + Partners from Phoenix, and Eric Howeler and Meejin Yoon of Howeler + Yoon Architecture from Boston, shared the collective work of their respective firms in the morning and followed with an in-depth review of the triumphs and challenges experienced during the production of a single project in the afternoon session. At the encouragement of Will Bruder, we capped off this year’s event by pulling up a few chairs to the stage and enjoyed listening to the impromptu dialogue among the speakers and the audience.

Our very own Doug Ashe organized the event and served as the moderator (13 years running!) and Mike Nichols designed the event media and marketing materials on behalf of AIA Louisiana.

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.