“An Architect's Story: Chris Downey” Screened at The American Institute of Architects National Convention

Atlanta – May 15, 2015 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) screened its first documentary “An Architect's Story: Chris Downey” today at the AIA’s National Convention in Atlanta.  The documentary is part of the  AIA’s public awareness campaign, a three-year integrated campaign designed to re-connect the public with architecture and position new generations of architects as catalysts of growth and visionaries for renewal.

The documentary film features Christopher Downey, AIA, who is an architect and planner who lost his sight in 2008. Today, Downey is dedicated to creating more helpful and enriching environments for the blind and visually impaired, encompassing specialized centers as well as facilities serving the broader public.  The documentary showcases the impact of Downey’s work in the community and how it inspires the younger generation to engage and champion architecture. The AIA created the documentary in collaboration with CSpence Group and can be viewed at  www.ilookup.org

The next phase of the AIA’s public awareness campaign will consist of a film contest, challenging film makers to create short films that inspire the world to “Look Up”.  The film challenge will launch on July 17

The theme of the AIA’s public awareness campaign is “Look Up” which capitalizes on the original thinking architects bring to solving problems - the ability of architects to imagine and visualize, and, literally, look up to find solutions. The campaign highlights the unique perspective architects bring to the global challenges the world faces.

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit  www.aia.org.

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