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A collection of essays by Southern Arizona architects has been turned into a series of TV shorts.

Favorite Places, written by members of the Southern Arizona chapter of the American Institute of Architects and produced by Arizona Public Media, will make its debut this Sunday April 5 at 6.30 pm on PBS 6 on its Arizona Illustrated show.

Favorite Places features 13 members of AIA Southern Arizona speaking thoughtfully and personally about a favorite building, place or space in Southern Arizona, among them a derelict house, Tucson’s back alleys, the Chicago Music Store and the Jewish Community Center (pictured). The series is produced by AZPM’s Andrew Brown and Mark McLemore and is based on a concept by 3 Story Media LLC .

“We are delighted with this collaboration with Arizona Public Media, whose producers have taken these essays and brought them to life visually, and also injected them with the personality of the writer,” said Rob Miller, president of AIA Southern Arizona.

The essays originally appeared as the My Favorite Place newspaper column throughout 2014 in the Arizona Daily Star. The column recently won a national American Institute of Architects Component Excellence Award for raising public awareness of architecture.

Tune in to PBS 6 at 6.30 pm Sunday evenings or watch them online here.

Arizona Illustrated is broadcast several times a week, including Sundays at 6:30 pm and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. For more information go to

For the full list of original essays, click here.
The Favorite Places film shorts will appear on PBS 6 in the following order: 

April 05 & 11 The Old Stone House, Rob Paulus

April 12 & 18   The JCC, Madeleine Boos

April 19 & 25  Tucson’s Back Alleys, Liz Farkas

April 26 & May 2  De Grazia Gallery in the Sun, Kevin Howard

May 3 & May 9 Chicago Music Store, Jim Sauer                                      

May 10 & May 16  University of Arizona Main Gate, Robin Shambach

May 17 & May 23  Casas Adobes Plaza, Dino Sakellar                                                     

 May 24 and 30  Congress Street, Page Repp

June 14 & 20  Art Brown’s Office, Frank Mascia                                                      

June 21 & 27  El Tiradito, Darci Hazelbaker                                                   

June 28 & July 4  The Arizona Inn, Matt Sears                                                    

July 5 and July 11 Cushing Street Bar Courtyard, Teresa Rosano

July 12 & 18  A Blue House, John Messina