AIA launches 3rd annual I Look Up Film Challenge

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Announces 3rd Annual I Look Up Film Challenge

Call for filmmakers and architects to showcase architecture as a Blueprint for Better

Contact: Matt Tinder

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge is now open for registration, inviting architects across the country to collaborate with filmmakers by highlighting projects that are changing communities for the better.

Architecture is at its best when practiced in service of the community. The I Look Up Film Challenge is an opportunity for architects and filmmakers to come together to showcase exactly that. “This year’s Blueprint for Better theme is a tremendous opportunity for filmmakers to shine a light on the groundbreaking work architects are doing in their communities,” said 2017 AIA President, Tom Vonier, FAIA.

Midtown. A Blueprint for Better., is a motivating example of the film challenge’s theme in action, depicting how architecture can revitalize a community.

“We’re proud to celebrate the amazing work of AIA architects,“ said Vonier, “and we continue to be inspired by the filmmakers and architects that contribute to this competition every year.”

All films submitted by August 13 will be reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges from the media and architecture world, along with a chance to win the public’s vote. Winners will be screened in early November at the Architecture and Design Film Festival, and win cash and distribution prizes.

Visit register by June 26 and submit films by August 13. Use the hashtag #ilookup to join the conversation.

Please see below for details, logos, photos, and videos.


  • Registration Closes 6/26/17
  • Challenge Period 6/27/17 – 8/13/17
  • Final Films Due 8/13/17
  • Judging 8/17/17 – 8/30/17
  • Public Voting 8/21/17 – 10/06/17

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