American Institute of Architects Launch Second Annual I Look Up Film Challenge

2016 Film Challenge Invites filmmakers and architects to produce short films that demonstrate the impact design can have on a community

Philadelphia – May 20, 2016 – With the success of the inaugural I Look Up Film Challenge, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has launched a new film challenge inviting filmmakers and architects to team-up to produce short films that demonstrates architecture as a solution.  Registration is open now through July 10 for individuals who wish to participate. The challenge will run from July 18 to August 14. Winners will be announced in September 2016.  To learn more about how to register, visit:

Submissions will be judged by a select panel of AIA members and media professionals. Winners will receive cash prizes and will have their film screened at the Architecture & Design Film Festival and SXSW Eco Conference.

Last year, the I Look Up Film Challenge garnered 26 short films, with one grand prize winner, “My City Listens,” two runner-ups, and a People’s Choice award.  The 2016 Film Challenge kicked off with the debut of a short documentary film on Rural Studio, Auburn University’s community-oriented, design-build program dedicated to improving the western Alabama region with good design. With a population of 184, Newbern, Ala. has been positively affected by Rural Studio’s projects through the innovative design and construction of a much-needed fire station and library.  You can view this film here:

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

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