Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Architecture and Public Service - Design as a Tool for Change

Join AIA East Bay, Wednesday, August 27th at 5:30pm, for an in-depth program on the pro bono work of Public Architecture.
Time: 5:30pm
Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland.
Contact: Jayna Blackwell, CMP or 520/464-3600 for more information. Click here to register

Cost: $15 for chapter members and their guests; $25 for non-members. Includes cocktails and dinner.

Although some architects are enjoying a new celebrity status, the opportunity for the architecture profession as a whole to assume a meaningful role in shaping the quality of our communities continues to be sorely under exploited. John Peterson, founder and chair of Public Architecture, will present the work of Public Architecture and the work of other architects who are expanding the influence of their efforts and the health of their practices through high quality pro bono projects.

Public Architecture is a nonprofit organization that acts as a catalyst for public discourse through education, advocacy, and the design of public spaces and amenities. Rather than waiting for commissions, Public Architecture takes a leadership role by identifying significant problems of broad relevance that require innovative research and design. Recognizing the dearth of resources supporting pro bono work within the architecture profession, Public Architecture launched The 1%, a pro bono national campaign in 2005. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, The 1% encourages architecture firms to formalize their commitment to the public good by pledging one percent of their billable hours to public interest work.

This talk, to be held August 27, 2008 at 5:30pm, is part of the AIA East Bay's Monthly Program offerings. Contact Jayna Blackwell, CMP or call 510/464-3600 for more information. Click here to register

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