The art of architecture is being celebrated in events across Iowa during September as part of an effort to build public awareness and appreciation of the state’s many architectural styles. Suzanne Schwengels , executive vice president of the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects, says the first of several walking tours will be held in the capitol city.In addition to the walking tours in Des Moines and Mason City, lectures and exhibits are planned in several other locations, along with events including: a Lego structure contest, a Roman carnival and art exhibitions. Schwengels says Iowans need to take a moment to ponder the every-day achievements architects accomplish.Schwengels says “You spend most of your time inside structures and people just forget to look around and see where they are, what they’re in and look up at the tops of buildings and think about the influence that the buildings they’re in have on their lives.”Schwengels says some of the world’s top architects will be in Des Moines September 25-26 for the chapter’s annual convention. Other events are planned for this month in: Spencer, Grinnell, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Marshalltown. For more information, surf to “www.aiaiowa.org”.
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