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AIA Columbus Launches Architecture Contest

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The Columbus Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced last week the launch of ARCHALLENGE, a month-long survey to discover the community’s favorite buildings.

“Throughout the past year, AIA Columbus has explored various aspects of architecture in our community – exploring our past and our future,” said Gwen Berlekamp, executive director of AIA Columbus. “ARCHALLENGE focuses on the former, highlighting some of the top architecturally significant projects in our city from the turn of the 19th Century to the present.”

Participation in ARCHALLENGE is open to the public for online voting at archallenge.aiacolumbus.org. The first round consists of 64 panel-selected buildings that best represent architectural styles from the late 19th century, early 20th century, mid-20th century and contemporary eras. After each weekly round of voting, winners will advance in their bracket for the Top 32, Top 16 and Top 8. The final four projects will be announced on November 13th, coinciding with the AIA Columbus Design Awards at the Knowlton School of Architecture.

“This initiative is more than a people’s choice award,” said Tim Lai, AIA and ARCHALLENGE committee chair. “There is an educational component, too, which we hope will foster public awareness about what architects do and educate the public about the cultural significance of Columbus architecture.”

For more information, or to start casting your votes, visit archallenge.aiacolumbus.org.

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