Huffington Post Joins A+ Awards And Brings On Board Their 1 Billion Pageviews
November 15, 2012
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Here at Architizer, we have this theory that everyone is a fan of architecture, but they just don’t realize it. Like on vacation when everyone you know turns into an architectural photographer, suddenly hyper-aware of buildings they would otherwise hardly notice in everyday life. They’re not to blame—we are! It’s architecture’s fault for not getting in their faces and reminding the public that design matters. Buildings matter, and the work we do as architects does in fact matter. That’s why Architizer is doing something about it.
Architizer is honored to announce a media partnership with The Huffington Post in support of the Architizer A+ Awards, the biggest architecture awards program ever. Yeah! Did you know that HuffPo has over a billion pageviews a month? A billion! They are going to be featuring our nominees and our winners and also promoting public voting in March 2013. With partners like The Huffington Post, we are going to serve up the world’s best architecture to a truly global audience. We are hell-bent on changing the public’s perception of architecture, and we’re going to do it by exposing more people to more amazing projects and contextualizing them so that they are relevant to their lives. That’s why we have the Plus Categories which award designs that tackle sticky, but relevant problems like Architecture + Economic Crisis, Architecture + Weather, Architecture +Urban Transformation, and many more.
Barclays Center courtesy of SHoP Architects
We also have some new jury members to announce that are blowing our minds. By now you know that our A+ jury consists of 200 leaders from the worlds of architecture, design, tech, government and business (the people who actually hire architects!). You might have seen that Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos is on the jury. But did you know that MaryAnne Gilmartin, the Executive Vice President for Commercial and Residential Development at Forest City Ratner Companies just joined? They are the development company that hired SHoP (another juror) to design the Barclays Center arena; hired Frank Gehry to design a skyscraper in Manhattan (8 Spruce Street); and developed the NYTimes Building by Renzo Piano. She knows a thing or two about architecture!
Balancing Barn courtesy of MVRDV
Also joining the jury is Angela Brady, President of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and Robert Ivy, CEO of the AIA, whose participation speaks volumes about architecture’s need to engage with the public across all media and cultural channels. Oh, and we may have added some more world-renowned architects, too, like all of the founding partners of MVRDV, Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries.
We have some really exciting news coming up so be sure to sign up for the A+ newsletter and get your entries in by Dec 21st. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter!