Public Awareness Grants & Winners
2015 Public Awareness Grant Winners:
AIA Michigan Southwest Chapter for the “Learn About Where You Live” program, featuring an historical drawing exhibit
The drawing exhibit will encompass the first four decades of the 20th century in Kalamazoo focusing on the 1920’s and 1930’s, a time when the population of Kalamazoo doubled and its architecture embodied a strong commitment to the community and its future. This commitment is represented in buildings that were designed and built to endure. Through the art and science of architectural drawings, this exhibit will show a history of Kalamazoo as well as a glimpse at the design process that supported these projects. The projects exhibited are of Billingham & Cobb Architects and Engineers of Kalamazoo. The firm grew as Kalamazoo grew, first designing many buildings important to establishing the base of Kalamazoo’s industries - primarily the paper mills. Then throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s many prominent civic buildings that exist today were designed by Billingham & Cobb. These include the Kalamazoo County building, the Washington Square Library, the Marlboro building as well as several area public school buildings. The exhibit will be housed in a the gallery at the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, beginning November 6 running through the end of the month.
AIA Michigan Huron Valley Chapter for the “Ultimate Lego Bricks Build-Off Exhibition”
2011 Public Awareness Grant Winners:
AIA Flint Design Competition and Society of Architectural Historians 2012 Annual Meeting
2010 Public Awareness Grant Winner:
AIA Grand Valley Chapter’s participation in Art Prize
- The store front included an exhibit of architectural photography and architectural models
- The photo collection Great Architecture of Michigan was on sale there as a keepsake and future reference, as well as T Shirts with the message “Architecture is Everywhere” The chapter’s annual award ceremony was held during Art Prize in the store front to move away from the traditional internal focus of the event to a more public offering, recognizing people and structures that embrace outstanding design in the Grand Rapids area
- Members of the AIA Grand Valley Board of Directors staffed the store front to engage visitors and tell the story that design matters.