The AIAS at the University of Oregon held a reverse CRIT event with architects from local firms in efforts to create an engaging and casual environment for students and professionals. Architects were asked to present their work and students had the opportunity to see projects at a range of scales and locations. This event was a great way to promote conversation between students and professionals while also learning about the design process in the professional field. Each architect had 10 minutes to present their project and 15 minutes for questions where students were able to provide critiques and ask questions about the presentation.
For the event, we provided pizza and drinks and a room with large pin-up space. As a fun twist to the event, we also created 5 award plaques to be given out to the visiting firms. At the end of the event, students voted for which firm they thought should win the awards. It was a great way to engage members and encourage them to stay for all the presentations. We had awards for, “Most Sustainable”, “Best Spatial Composition”, “Best Contextual Fit”, “Most Energy Efficient”, and “Material Sustainability Award”. We had a great turn out for this event with awesome presentations!