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Get Ready: 2010 AIA Tucson Architecture Tour is Here Again!

AIA Architecture Tour photo from the 2009 tour

AIA Architecture Tour photo from the 2009 tour

If you are a fan of architecture, you can’t miss Architecture Week in Tucson. Check out all of the events coming up! What a fun way to learn about our town & enjoy the weather! Most events are free too!

The American Institute of Architects – Southern Arizona Chapter will be celebrating Architecture Week again this year with a great lecture series, 2 guided tours and a terrific home tour featuring 12 notable buildings in the Tucson area.  Here’s a summary of the events:

The library lecture series (all events will be held in the Dorothy Rubel Room at the Poetry Center on the University of Arizona campus 1508 E Helen St)

  • Monday, Sept 27 from 7-8 pm   You and Your Architect – Bringing Your Vision to Life presented by Tom Prairie, AIA & Patricia Warren, AIA
  • Tuesday, Sept 28 from 7-8 pm   Designing and Operating an Energy Effective Desert Home presented by Raymond Barnes, AIA
  • Wednesday, Sept 29 from 7-8 pm Small Can be Very Cool in a Hot Climate presented by Frank Mascia, FAIA
  • Thursday, Sept 30 from 7-8 pm Cool Houses and the Environment presented by Evan Eglin, AIA, Rick Joy, AIA, Page Repp, AIA, and Luis Ibarra
  • Saturday, Oct 2 from 11 am – 11:40 am  Environment Influences Design presented by Henry Tom, AIA
  • Saturday, Oct 2 from 12 pm – 12:40 pm Architecture Without Program presented by Bill Mackey, AIA
  • Saturday, Oct 2 from 1 – 1:40 pm Modern Architecture Preservation Projects (MAPP) Modern 50 Houses presented by Chris Evans, MAPP

Another example of a property on the AIA Architecture Tour a few years ago

Another example of a property on the AIA Architecture Tour a few years ago

Guided Walking Tours

  • Saturday, Oct 2 at 9 am  Architecture Walking Tour – Downtown Tucson. Tour begins and ends at the Hotel Congress Lobby lead by Michael Keith
  • Saturday, Oct 2 at 2 pm  Architecture Walking Tour – University of Arizona Begins and ends at the UA Poetry Center lead by Annie Nequette, MAPP

Self-Guided Architecture Tour throughout Tucson

  • Sunday, Oct 3 10am – 4 pm  $20 The final & most anticipated event of Architecture Week is the Self-Guided Architecture Tour throughout Tucson. This years theme is “Cool Design for a Hot Climate”. The tour features 5 mid-century modern buildings selected by Modern Architecture Preservation Project (MAPP), 4 notable contemporary buildings, and 2 architects’ adaptively reused offices.
  • Tickets can be purchased at Bookman’s, Borders, The Print Room, Reproductions, Thomas Reprographics, and the AIA office.

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