ARCHITECT's Miabelle Salzano reports that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) held its fourth annual AIA Film Challenge, "A Blueprint for Better," inviting architects and filmmakers to produce three- to five-minute documentaries that tell a story of the positive impact that architecture can have on a community. On Tuesday, the AIA announced the winners, in the categories of Grand Prize, Runner Up, Third Place, and People's Choice Award.
The Grand Prize–, Runner Up–, and Third Place–winning films will premiere at the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York. The People's Choice Award winner will premiere at the Chicago Ideas festival.
Judges of the AIA Film Challenge were I. Marlene King, film and television writer, producer, and director; Thatcher Bean, media manager for Boston-based Mass Design Group; Tiffany Brown, Assoc. AIA, adjunct professor at Lawrence Technological University's College of Architecture and Design in Southfield, Mich., and co-founder of the Urban Arts Collective in Chamblee, Ga.; Diana Budds, senior story producer for Curbed; Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, S.C.; Lynn Hirshfield, senior vice president of strategic alliances for Beverly Hills, Calif.–based Participant Media; and Heather Koury, Hon. AIA, executive director of AIA Memphis.