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KET and AIA Kentucky announce competition celebrating Kentucky architecture

For Release: 2013-05-09 14:58:00

KET and the Kentucky Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA Kentucky) join forces to celebrate and recognize influential Kentucky architecture through two competitions open to the public: “50 of The Best Kentucky Buildings” and “Ten Buildings That Changed Louisville.”


Celebrating the way in which a building can positively impact people and communities in Kentucky, individuals are invited to nominate buildings of all sizes and styles. Nominations will be entered into “50 of The Best Kentucky Buildings” public competition. If the structure is located in Jefferson County, the nomination will also be entered into a professionally juried “Ten Buildings That Changed Louisville” competition.


Some example criteria for making a nomination include: Is there a place you love that you pass by every day? Is there a building in your town or county that has "always been there" and evokes special memories for you and your family? Is there an historic or new building that is symbolic of a unique aspect of your city, county or district?


The launch of the contests are in conjunction with AIA Kentucky’s 50th anniversary and the PBS program 10 Buildings That Changed America. The program featured 10 structures from across the country that may not be familiar to everyone but that have greatly influenced architecture everywhere.




People of all ages may submit one or more nominations at or through the mail on or prior to June 15, 2013. Call (800) 866-3366 to obtain a print nomination form. Return it postmarked by June 15, 2013 to KET Kentucky Architecture, 560 Cooper Drive, Lexington, KY 40502.


After the June 15 voting deadline, all nominees will be compiled by AIA Kentucky and KET. For the “50 of The Best Kentucky Buildings” competition, a selection committee will identify the 50 finalists. Then, those 50 will be showcased on the AIA Kentucky website, where the public can vote on them to determine their order of popularity. Voting will take place in August and September 2013.


All nominations received that are located in Jefferson County will be automatically forwarded to KET for submission to the “Ten Buildings That Changed Louisville” competition. KET will have all submissions peer reviewed by a professional jury.


The winners of both competitions will be announced in November at a special event to which nominees, owners and architects of the nominated buildings and the general public will be invited.


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Contact: Abby Malik



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