October 1, 2018

Record-Breaking 2018 Celebration welcomes new partners, participants

Photo Credit: Three Lyons Creative

The 2018 AIA Detroit Honor Awards and the Celebration of Architecture are always the flagship events of the year for our organization, as they are for many of our friends and allied organizations across the AEC and design industries, but this year exceeded all expectations, thanks to a handful of new features, and over a hundred different partner organizations lending their time, money, and expertise to the execution of this momentous one-day gathering.  

Key to the success of this year’s event were a host of new features aimed at providing more opportunities for both industry members and the public to engage with each other, and with the programs and people that make up our community. A new “Industry Lounge” afforded our members, partners, and sponsors more time to network, and after years of fighting against the acoustics of a farmers market shed, Producing Partner Bluewater Technologies made certain that everyone in the Shed (and maybe beyond!) could hear what was going on onstage. 

Photo Credit: Three Lyons Creative

Balancing the enhanced exclusivity of the new Industry Lounge, AIA Detroit embraced inclusiveness and welcomed dozens of collaborating organizations for the first-ever “Industry Exhibit Galleries” at the Celebration of Architecture.  Ticketed attendees and the festival-going public alike were able to stroll freely through the dozens of larger-than-life exhibit banners representing the work of allied organizations across southeast Michigan seeking to improve our built environment. The exhibits also featured our own Honor Awards, the finalists for the first Commerce Design Detroit Awards (winners set to be announced later this month) and other AIA Detroit Committees and programs, like a public engagement exhibit on diversity in the workplace by our Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and an interactive AR/VR demonstration by our Technology in Architectural Practice Committee with the Detroit-Area BIM User Group (DABUG).

Photo Credit: Three Lyons Creative

Thank you to all of the organizations who were able to participate!:

AIAD Committee on Diversity & Inclusion   IIDA Michigan (International Interior Design Association)
AIAD Committee on the Environment   LTU AIAS Freedom by Design Program
AIAD Emerging Professionals Committee   LTU College of Architecture & Design
AIAD Future Focus Emerging Designers   LTU Detroit Center for Design & Technology
AIAD Technology in Architectural Practice / DABUG   Michigan Architectural Foundation
AIGA Detroit (American Institute of Graphic Artists)   Midtown Detroit Inc.
Build Initiative   Noir Design Parti
Concrete Oasis   NOMA Detroit (National Organization of Minority Architects)
CAM (Construction Association of Michigan)   Pewabic
CREW Detroit (Commercial Real Estate Women)   Preservation Detroit
Design Core Detroit (Commerce Design Detroit Awards)   Sukkah x Detroit
Detroit 2030 District   UDM School of Architecture
Green Living Science   UDM Detroit Collaborative Design Center
IDCFC (Interior Designers’ Coalition for Change)   USGBC Detroit (US Green Building Council)


And of course, this event could never be possible without the dozens of companies and organizations who lend their financial support to this incredible gathering. Interested in supporting AIA Detroit programming like the Celebration, or one of our 16 other programs and committees? Reach out to Sponsor@AIADetroit.com or sign up to join the Professional Affiliates Network to take an active role in shaping future partnership opportunities and engagement!

Diamond Sponsors:
Pantheon Partner Herman Miller + Marx Moda   Humanscale
Strategic Energy Solutions + Gasser Bush Assoc.   Steelcase + NBS + Mohawk + Daltile
TechTown Detroit   Affordance Office Environments
Producing Partners:
Bluewater Technologies (Sound + AV)   Fantasee Lighting (Lighting + Rigging)
Somerset Collection (Select Furnishings)   ARC Document Solutions (Signage + Exhibit Gallery)
Platinum Sponsors:
Knoll + American Interiors + DIRTT + Elevate   Guardian Glass + NEC
Haworth   Sachse Construction
Illuminart / Peter Basso Assoc. + Clarus Lighting   Digital Print Specialties
Gold Sponsors:
Desai / Nasr   Mannik & Smith Group
Royalton Architectural Fabricators   SpaceLab Detroit
ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions   ETS Engineering
MA Engineering   Sensitile
Ronnisch Construction   JLL
In-Kind Partners:
Architectural Salvage Warehouse Detroit   Cambria
Woodward Throwbacks   Interface Flooring
Tarkett Flooring   Patcraft + Mastercraft
North Peak Brewing   Atwater Brewery
Silver Sponsors:
Sherwin-Williams   ABD Engineering
Weiss Janny Elstner (WJE)   Giffels Webster
Oberheiden & McMurray LLC   SDI Structures
Walbridge   Granger
Frank Rewold & Sons   Rocket Fiber
Sterling Group   International Masonry Institute
Christman Company   Oliver Hatcher
Franco   BrickTech
Kincaid Henry   Teknion
Exhibit Sponsors:
Construct Connect   Midtown Detroit Inc.
Brightwood Architecture Education   Centric Design Studio
NOAR Technologies   Building Industry Resources
KTD Printing   NOMA Detroit
Construction Association of Michigan   Pewabic
DTE Energy   University of Detroit Mercy
Lawrence Technological University   IBEW Local 58 + NECA
Bronze Sponsors:
DSS Howley   Screenworks
Centria   D.L. Couch


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