Canalscape Design Competition Heads Arizona Architects’ March Calendar

Posted By Mike Padgett

March 1, 2009

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Metropolitan Phoenix has a network of 181 miles of canals, which the Phoenix Metro chapter of the American Institute of Architects says is more than Venice and Amsterdam combined.

Property along the Phoenix area’s canals is the focus of an architectural design competition sponsored by AIA Phoenix Metro and Arizona State University’s “Canalscape Symposium 2009.”

Amsterdam has 47 miles of canals, and Venice has 125 miles, both substantially less than metro Phoenix, according to the AIA announcement.

The design competition will begin during a 3 p.m. meeting March 5 at the AIA Arizona offices at 30 N. Third Ave., Suite 200, in downtown Phoenix. The AIA offices are in the historic Walker building on the northwest corner of Third Avenue and Washington Street. For more details, visit

Most of the metro Phoenix canals are owned and operated by Salt River Project, which delivers water to residential and agricultural customers across the Valley. The source of the water is the system of reservoirs on the Salt and Verde rivers northeast of the Valley.

For years, SRP has worked with local cities on the design of multi-use projects that added offices, retail developments and recreational trails adjacent to the SRP canals. One of the largest commercial projects is Scottsdale Waterfront, built in recent years at the southwest corner of Camelback and Scottsdale roads, next to the Arizona Canal.

Each project next to a canal has been evaluated by SRP officials to be sure of its compatibility with the canal before its construction. For more information about the SRP canal system, as well as its history and water safety, visit the SRP Website,


Other AIA events

March has been dubbed “EcoMonth” by The American Institute of Architects Arizona Component’s Committee on the Environment to create public awareness of sustainability and the importance of being kind to the environment.

The committee has assembled a series of lectures and tours that will benefit both AIA members and the public throughout the state. Currently, there are several lectures and tours scheduled in metro Phoenix. Tour dates for Flagstaff and Tucson are in the works and will be posted soon on the chapter calendar. For more information, contact Tina Litteral at AIA Arizona,

All AIA members will receive continuing education by attending these events.


March 6, 2009

Tempe Transit Center and Solar Parking Garage Tour, 200 E. Fifth Street, Tempe; noon to 1 p.m. RSVP to Diana

First Friday Exhibit

View AIA’s Top Ten Committee on the Environment Projects and experience Pecha Kucha, presented by AIA Phoenix Metro’s Young Architects’ Forum. AIA Arizona, 30 N. 3rd Avenue, Suite 200, Phoenix; 6 to 9 p.m.


March 10, 2009

Lecture by Anthony Floyd, AIA, director of Scottsdale’s Green Building; AIA Arizona, 30 N. 3rd Avenue, Suite 200, Phoenix; 6 to 7 p.m.


March 13, 2009

Tour of Green Street Development Residence, 3313 E. Medlock, Phoenix; noon to 1 p.m. RSVP to Diana


March 20, 2009

Tour of Papago Gateway, 350 West Washington St., Suite 600, Tempe; noon to 1 p.m. RSVP to Diana Smith,


March 27, 2009

Tour of Cesar Chavez Public Library, 3635 West Baseline Road, Phoenix, Arizona. A 5 p.m. reception hosted by Henry Tom, AIA and Karl Kendall, will be followed by a 5:30 p.m. lecture and a 6 p.m. building tour. RSVP to Diana

All of these events are open to the public and are posted on the AIA Arizona calendar.

About AIA Arizona

AIA Arizona’s mission is to promote the architectural profession through the strength and participation of members. AIA Arizona has been a component of the American Institute of Architects since it received its charter in October 1959.

There are three chapters in Arizona: AIA Phoenix Metro, AIA Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona and AIA Southern Arizona in Tucson. The three chapters have a total membership of more than 1,500 members statewide. To contact or learn more about AIA Arizona, please visit


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