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And the Award Goes To…

Last night, the winners of this year’s Core Values Awards were announced in Scarborough, UK.  It is with great pleasure to see that the 2010 Organization of the Year is from the US. From the IAP2 email announcement:

The Centre for Communities by Design, American Institute of Architecture (Washington, DC, USA) won the Organisation of the Year category with their entry, “Building the Designer Democracy Movement.”

“The American Institute of Architects and its members are honored to receive the 2010 Organization of the Year Award from IAP2,” said AIA President George H. Miller, FAIA. “This award represents an important recognition for the profound role architects are playing in bringing the profession into the mainstream of popular thought and culture. The ‘designer democracy movement’ is crucial to how we shape the future of our communities across the globe, and reinforces the fact that successful communities are the product of collective acts by their citizens.”

From the AIA press release: AIA Wins Coveted 2010 International Association for Public Participation Award

The AIA’s entry, “Building the Designer Democracy Movement,” was recognized by an international jury for providing “an impressive history of public participation, and clear evidence of the creation of a public participation culture within your organization.” The application described the AIA’s 43-year tradition of public service work through its design assistance programs, and their subsequent impact on the organization’s mission and approach to public work. “The judges were very impressed by the dedication to public participation and to IAP2’s Core Values,” said Geoff Wilson, co-chair of the Core Values Awards Committee.

“The American Institute of Architects and its members are honored to receive the 2010 Organization of the Year Award from IAP2,” said AIA President George H. Miller, FAIA.”This award represents an important recognition for the profound role architects are playing in bringing the profession into the mainstream of popular thought and culture.”

Miller also noted that the award comes at a critical time as communities across the world struggle to address the combined impacts of climate change and an enduring global recession. “The ‘designer democracy movement’ is crucial to how we shape the future of our communities across the globe, and reinforces the fact that successful communities are the product of collective acts by their citizens,” Miller said.

The AIA Communities by Design homepage has more resources on livable design.

Head over to the IAP2 website for the full listing of winners in all three categories of the 2010 Core Values Awards.

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