In 30 years of working with AIA architects, I have heard one oft-repeated refrain: “Why isn’t there a national Architecture Week?”
The answer was typically that it’s under discussion. Finally, last year, in its 150th year, the AIA took advantage of close connections on Capitol Hill to get a resolution passed calling for Architecture Week to be celebrated around the anniversary of the founding of the Institute in 1857. This year, it is April 7-14 (details here).
The compelling thing about Architecture Week is that it is both a celebration of past achievements and a look toward a better future, encouraging public interaction and education on the value architects bring to clients and their communities everywhere.
And this isn’t a one-time event, either. As its popularity spreads, so will its effectiveness, and, in 150 years, perhaps people will be looking back to 2007 as another landmark beginning.