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What is your favorite building in Columbus? Welcome to ArChallenge, which invites you to explore architecture in our community and to determine our most treasured buildings. We asked an independent jury of architects, preservationists and architectural aficionados to consider and determine the most architecturally significant and iconic structures in Columbus from the past 100 years. Divided into four categories – Late 19th Century, Early 20th Century, Mid-20th Century and Contemporary – the 64 buildings below represent what our jurors felt were the “best-of-the-best” in each category. It wasn’t easy (which is a testament to the great architecture in Columbus), but we narrowed the list to 16 buildings per category. Scroll over the image and “learn more” about each building including the architect, year built, location, architectural style, distinctive features and more. And then vote for your favorite! The top vote-getters in each category will be announced each week and continue to advance over the course of the next four weeks until the public’s top four favorite buildings in Columbus – one in each category – have been determined. Some instructions…Your vote won’t count unless you complete the voting process, so be sure to hit “submit” at the very end. Also, no skipping! We want you to vote in each Matchup and have provided lots of material to inform your decision. One vote per person, but be sure to include your contact information so we can let you know the results from each week and alert you when voting begins again. ArChallenge is an initiative of AIA Columbus (the American Institute of Architects, Columbus Chapter) which is celebrating its centennial milestone in 2013. ArChallenge asks you to explore architecture in our community – from the early 1900’s when AIA Columbus was founded to present day – and appreciate the cultural significance architecture plays in our lives. We’ll announce the winning building in each category November 13th. Polls are open each week Monday – Friday, so have fun with it and VOTE! ArChallenge Voting Schedule: Week One — Oct. 2-11 Week Two — Oct. 14-18 Week Three — Oct. 21-25 Week Four — Oct. 28-Nov. 1

Membership Appreciation Night at the Ballpark

Register here.

2019 baseball square

Event Information

Thursday, August 1, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 PM | Picnic Buffet Open
7:00 PM | Game Begins

Huntington Park
330 Huntington Park Ln.
Columbus, Ohio 43215

AIA Columbus members and affiliates | Free 
Child $10 | Non-Member Guest $15

Register here.

Important Information:

Enter Huntington Park through the right field gate off of Nationwide Boulevard. Instead of going to the ticket window, there will be a table set up right next to the gate where attendees can check in. At this table, say you are with AIA Columbus to receive your ticket and wristband. The picnic is held at the Scioto Downs Party Deck. When you enter the gate there are stairs straight ahead that lead to the party deck. 

The picnic buffet and drinks are only available 5:30 - 7:30 pm so be sure to arrive prior to the game! 



Take a look at some photos from past membership appreciation nights, here.

2014 AIA Columbus Architecture Awards

 2014 Save the Date

2014 AIA Columbus Architecture Awards 

Save the date for Thursday, November 13, 2014 for the architecture awards ceremony at Strongwater Food and Spirits! 

When: November 13, 2014

Time: Reception 5:30 PM   l   Program 7:00 PM

Where: Strongwater Food and Spirits
         401 West Town St. Columbus, OH 43215

Ticket Price: Associate AIA - $15 
                     AIA Member - $25
                     Non-AIA Member - $40
                     Table Price (10 people) - $225

Worth 1 Learning Unit!


 To see this year's submissions, click here.


View the parking map for Strongwater below.

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Join us Friday, November 14th, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at The Center to hear a presentation by this year's head juror, Michael Wilkinson! More Information.


About the AIA Columbus Architecture Awards

The AIA Columbus Chapter's Annual Architecture Awards Program recognizes excellence in architectural design by Columbus architects and those within the boundaries of the AIA Columbus Chapter. The program's purpose is the recognize the achievements for a broad range of architectural activity in order to elevate the general quality of architectural practice, establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance, inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice, and to honor the architects, clients, and consultants who work together to improve the built environment. 



2014 Head Juror 

 Michael Wilkinson PhotoThe lead juror for the 2014 AIA Columbus Architecture Awards is Michael Wilkinson, AIA.

Michael Wilkinson is an award-winning architect based in Chicago with a wide range of experience at multiple scales. For thirteen years Wilkinson ran a boutique architectural practice with partner Richard Blender, focusing primarily on high-end residential and small commercial projects, exclusively urban. Upon dissolving the firm in 2010, Wilkinson assumed an associate principal position with the Chicago office of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, concentrating on medium and high density residential and mixed-use markets. Currently Wilkinson has re-established a small practice focusing on housing, urban development, and construction.

Wilkinson's work has appeared in numerous national publications, including Dwell, Metropolitan Home, Metropolis, Crains, The Chicago Tribune, and Architectural Record. He has received numerous AIA design awards for creativity and was responsible for the first LEED Gold rated residential project in the State of Illinois. He currently serves as the chairman of the AIA Chicago Design Awards Committee. Wilkinson has held teaching positions at both the University of Illinois, Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, and has lectured on his work at both schools, in addition to others. Community involvement has included serving as a director on the Roscoe Village Neighborhood Association, where he chaired the Zoning and Land Use Committee for four years. In 2010 he served on the 47th Ward Zoning Transition Committee, leading a group charged with rewriting the zoning policies of the ward and interfacing with the newly elected freshman alderman. Wilkinson is a past President of the Chicago Architecture Club, during which time he spearheaded a design activism effort focused on the re-appropriation of abandoned post-industrial sites in Chicago. The ensuing publication was instrumental in demonstrating the viability of a project currently being realized by the Chicago Parks District and transportation authorities after receiving state and federal funding.
Passionate about the intersection of design, policy, and politics, Wilkinson continues to actively and vocally participate in issues of importance which shape our urban environment. He lives in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago with his wife, two teen-aged sons and a dog.

For more information regarding the Architecture Awards, please contact Jordan Iseler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call the Chapter office at 614-469-1973. 

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Rush Creek Village Exhibit

"Past, Present and Future, Rush Creek Village, Neighborhood in Harmony with Nature"

Presented Thursday, September 25, 2014

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center

AIA Credits

This presentation will focus on the state of Rush Creek Village and include fundamentals and technical aspects of existing conditions, the technical development of architectural elements for preserving this unique architecture as RCV enters the future within a historical neighborhood rooted in the past but planning for the future.
• Create awareness of the historical significance and preservation of unique historical neighborhood of outstanding design rooted in true American architecture - Genesis of Rush Creek Village, creators, and pioneers, The Meaning of RCV (Theodore van Fossen)
• Face challenging issues related to preserving the architecture in a constantly ever-changing and uncertain economy of which home owners relate, in maintaining an economical balance with the built environment, natural environment, and balancing sustainability.
• Construction Advances
• Restoration/Preservation: Achieve restoration of the building without degradation or undesirable and unintended consequences.
• Preserve historic, cultural, and natural aspects of national heritage and maintain an environment that is balancing architecture with nature; thus creating a balance among the past, present and future.
• To utilize the architectural significance of “Architecture Made in America,” to advance the history and future of Worthington, Ohio.

A tour, pre and post presentation of main gallery exhibit will be assisted by Jeff Haas, OSU assistant professor and Marcia Rees Conrad, AIA.

This event will include refreshments.

Rush Creek Village, located in the City of Worthington north of Columbus Ohio, is a neighborhood of over 44 houses nestled between two ravines. These homes were designed and built by three gifted Columbus residents whose respect for the land and architectural vision coincided with the principles of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian/ Organic Architecture.

Panel presenters will be
• Jeff Haas, OSU
• Brian Seitz, Architectural designer, Owner-2012 built LEED certified home in Rush Creek Village
• Scott Conley Architect, OSU
• City of Worthington Representative
• Worthington Historical Society
• Brent Turner, original resident –“Tower House’” BLT Productions, Photographer
• Harold Pepinsky, past and present resident.

2015 Candidates for Election

Candidates for Election to the 2015 AIA Columbus Board of Directors

AIA Columbus is pleased to announce it's 2015 Slate of Candidates for election at the Annual Meeting later this month. David Youse, AIA, President & Principal of Feinknopf Macioce Schappa Architects is seeking the office of President-Elect. Joseph Moss, AIA, Architect with Gieseke Rosenthal Architecture + Design (GRA+D) is seeking the office of Treasurer. Jorge Rodriquez-Nieves, AIA, senior designer with L Brands is seeking the office of Secretary. Dan Morgan, AIA, architect with Behal, Sampson, Dietz, and Michael Suriano, AIA, architect with NBBJ are seeking to fill 2-year terms as Directors. The Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 28th. See below for additional details. 


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David Youse, AIA                                  Joe Moss, AIA                     Jorge Rodriguez-Nievez, AIA

President-Elect                                       Treasurer                                       Secretary


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                         Dan Morgan, AIA                                  Mike Suriano, AIA

                               Director                                                 Director