Brad Pitt among Honorees Chosen to Receive Global Impact Award in Architecture in Chicago

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Several categories of nominees will be among those designated to receive a Global Impact Award in Architecture at the conclusion of the Global Convention & Expo on Architecture in Chicago, April 16, 2010. Industry areas to be honored for their involvements this past year include: Top Firm, Top School of Architecture, Top Non-profit Organization, and Honorary Friend of the Architecture Community for which Brad Pitt has been selected.

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In recognizing the positive contributions and significant impact made on communities around the world through difference-making design/build projects, the Global Convention & Expo on Architecture announces its nominees for the 2010 Global Impact Award in Architecture (GIAA). On Friday, April 16, 2010 the historic Congress Plaza Hotel on South Michigan Avenue in Chicago will be the venue for the announcement of the winners for top firm, non-profit organization, and collegiate department of architecture for 2009. In addition to these, the year's honorary friend of the architecture community will be recognized.

Top Firm for 2009. Numerous firms have left an indelible footprint of aesthetic and functional excellence upon communities worldwide through innovative and conscientious building projects. Of these noteworthy locally and internationally-involved practices, three have been identified as meeting the given criteria to be selected as nominees for this designation. They are as follows: the United Kingdom-based architectural firm of Foster + Partners, the Netherlands-based architectural and urban design firm MVDRV in Rotterdam, and the Denmark-based firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in Copenhagen.

Top Collegiate Department of Architecture for 2009. All too often, institutions of higher learning are taken-to-task for graduating students into the workforce armed with little more than technical skill sets and classroom theories void of relevant experience and real-world application. However, there are many schools of architecture which strive to provide practical experience for their student populations which in fact have made lasting contributions of a positive nature to communities at home and abroad. From this select group of academic institutions, the following have been chosen as outstanding in their efforts to make a positive difference on the built environment through innovative cooperative programs of design and construction. The nominees to be acknowledged for their exceptional efforts include the Catholic University of Washington D.C. and the School of Architecture of the University of Southern California.

In valuing the vital and diverse contributions to the architectural profession by non-profit architectural organizations around the world, the Global Convention & Expo on Architecture seeks to recognize the work of these groups through its selections to receive the 2010 Global Impact Award in Architecture. While it is to be acknowledged that each organization could arguably be chosen as one of the top non-profits to be honored through this award, the following were deemed as outstanding in their international involvements for 2009. They are as follows: Basic Initiative - a collaboration of faculty and students from Portland State University and University of Texas at Austin, Architecture for Humanity, and Habitat for Humanity.

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