President’s Message | Richard-Allen Foster, AIA

It is October and that means cooler weather, shorter days, fall colors, and pumpkin-spice everything. And according to Governor Bill Lee, it is Architecture Month in Tennessee! This year, AIA is celebrating Architecture Month across the state.

“Wasn’t Architecture Month in April?” you might ask. And you would be right. It was. However, this year, AIA National shifted its annual celebration to October to align with ‘World Architecture Day,’ celebrated on the first Monday in October. World Architecture Day was established in 2005 to “remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat” by the Union International des Architects (UIA). This intentionally aligns with “World Habitat Day” which was established in 1986 to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

In addition to the announcement from the Governor’s office proclaiming October as Architecture Month, Knoxville’s Mayor Indya Kincannon made a similar recognition her in Knoxville. In Knoxville, we have another name for ‘Architecture Month’. We call it [Knoxville] By Design! And it is our month-long celebration of architecture and placemaking that kicked off with our annual Art Salon and concluded this past weekend with Knox Bricks and Blocks that brings school age kids together with architects and designers to build with LEGO.

[Knoxville] By Design might be over this year, but there is still a few days in October left. If you are looking for a great way to celebrate architecture this month, might I suggest the memMOD Home Tour on Saturday? It looks like a great tour. I can’t imagine a better way to end the month.

Did your office or chapter do something to celebrate? Let us know. Tag @aiatennessee on Instagram.

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