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Architecture Week 2015

October 10, 2015 @ 9:00 am - October 18, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

| $15 - $40

Modern gems, history, ‘Canstruction’ and more at Architecture Week 2015 Tucson, Arizona, September 28th 2015: Architecture Week 2015, which runs October 10th to 18th, will celebrate the old, the new and the future of Tucson, with home and walking tours highlighting the city’s most innovative architecture.

Organized annually by the Southern Arizona chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the eight-day event features:

  • An architectural tour of the new downtown Tucson: its past, present and future, Saturday October 17th. A guided walking tour of some of the revitalized buildings of downtown Tucson: the history, the renaissance, and what’s next. FORS Architecture + Interiors and Downtown Tucson Partnership’s Michael Keith will be among the tour leaders. Includes a drinks reception and discussion at end of tour. More info and tickets here.
  • A home tour featuring contemporary and historic architecture, including an AIA home of the year, Sunday October 18th. The Architecture Week home tour is a must for home and garden lovers. This year’s tour features three stunning contemporaries, a mid-century Arthur Brown gem, and a Tucson oasis in the desert. More info and tickets here.
  • The sixth annual CANSTRUCTION® build at Tucson’s Park Place Mall, Saturday October 10th. The event brings together teams from architecture, design and engineering firms in Southern Arizona in a competition to build sculptural installations using only canned food. The cans are donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, which works to address the region’s hunger problems.
  • A historic tour of the Barrio Libre district of Tucson, October 17th. This walking tour is headed up by architect/author/photographer John Messina, an expert in historic preservation and on the architecture of Sonora, Mexico.
  • A two-part lecture by the University of Arizona’s Christopher Domin on iconic Tucson architect Judith Chafee, October 10th and 15th. Judith Chafee combined a deep understanding of the desert with modern design. Chafee spent her childhood in Tucson, returning to the city in 1970 to put out award-winning designs and teach at the University of Arizona. This two-part lecture begins during Tucson Modernism Week on October 10th and ends during Architecture Week on October 15th. Domin is soon to bring out a book on Chafee. More info here.
  • The 14th annual Kidstruction at Park Place Mall, Saturday October 17th. In this design and build competition, local schoolchildren are invited to construct miniature buildings out of toothpicks, business cards and glue. Kidstruction is organized by the Southern Arizona chapter of the Society for Design Administration.
  • A tour of the West University area with R. Brooks Jeffery, October 17th. Jeffery is Director of the Drachman Institute at the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) and Professor at CAPLA.

Robert Miller, AIA SAZ President, said: “First we make the built environment, then the built environment makes us. Architecture Week invites us to look around and notice the cultural legacy we both inherited and are building. With programs for kids as well as adults, with tours of buildings both new and old, we invite you to celebrate and critically examine the buildings and urban form that is Tucson.”

About Architecture Week and AIA Southern Arizona

  • Architecture Week runs from October 10th to October 18th. For more information and tickets, visit aiasouthernarizona.org
  • AIA Southern Arizona works to protect and promote the interests of architects in the region, and to promote good design to the public.


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