Visit our archive

The ‘My Favorite Place’ essay collection has won a national award for raising public awareness about architecture.

The essays were written by AIA Southern Arizona members and published throughout 2014 in the Sunday Home + Life section of the Arizona Daily Star. AIA Southern Arizona’s entry beat 25 others to win the Public Awareness Communications category of the American Institute of Architects’ annual Component Excellence Awards.

The series featured biweekly 300-word essays covering a variety of architects’ favorite places. They included a derelict house in the Tucson Mountains, the Chicago Music Store, Tucson’s back alleys, and the space outside the Rialto Theatre (pictured).

Judges praised the essays for giving architects a voice in the community and for raising awareness of architecture among the public. Said one judge: “The selections of often-overlooked buildings and places – rather than self-promotional choices – further stress to the public that architecture is all around them and is worthy of attention.”

Describing the series as “outstanding”, the American Institute of Architects plans to write the initiative up as a Best Practice and produce a video for its national website.

A representative from AIA Southern Arizona will receive the award at a luncheon held during the AIA’s annual Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference in WashingtonD.C. on March 6, 2015.