Today, I found out that Activate14 – an outreach initiative I co-founded at the AIA North Carolina (AIANC) Center for Architecture and Design (CfAD) – is going statewide!
Two years ago, I began talking to Frank about how we could use the empty parking lot and common areas at the CfAD for public events. Fast forward to July 2015: with a small team, we hosted 12+ events, 3 design competitions, and thousands of new visitors to CfAD to discuss architecture, design, and partnering with architects for the betterment of our community.
The AIA North Carolina Board of Directors is converting Activate14 into “Activate North Carolina – a resource to organize and host events across the state that will increase public awareness and engagement for all seven sections”.
I’m sure this is due to the tireless work of Erin Sterling Lewis, principal of in situ studio, AIANC Program Committee Chair, and AIANC Board Member. Also Congratulations! to Tina Govan and Frank Harmon for everything they did to make this program a huge success.
Here is a video about the program made by New Kind and Marie Schacht (an Activate14 team member).
In September 2015, I received the AIA North Carolina Presidential Award for my “outstanding service as an ardent supporter of the North Carolina architectural profession and as the leading force behind the creation and administration of Activate14. The program’s success is a direct result of her unrelenting efforts, passion, and dedication”.