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2019 Design Slam benefitting Lexington Habitat for Humanity set for October 4 at Rock House Brewing


The Design Slam, a live design competition between members of Lexington’s architectural community, has been scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 pm, October 4th at Rock House Brewing.

Moving into its 5th year, the event is open to the public. Teams of designers are given a prompt at the beginning of the competition and have an hour to develop a design, presentation materials, and a pitch.

“It’s a fun way for the public to get a glimpse of what architects do,” says Jody Boelhauf, the AIA East Kentucky Chapter President. Each year the surprise design prompt merges architectural concepts with the mission of Lexington Habitat for Humanity.

Attendees are encouraged to purchase votes that go towards their favorite design and/or team. All votes will be tallied and a winner announced at the end of the event. Proceeds go towards Lexington Habitat for Humanity and the local American Institute of Architects chapter.

Past year’s teams have included faculty from the University of Kentucky’s College of Design, students, and representatives of architectural firms from across the city.

“Design Slam is a unique opportunity to see examples of the behind-the-scenes planning and creativity that goes into building a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” says Lexington Habitat CEO Rachel Childress.

This year’s event will coincide with the NoLi Community Development Corporation’s Night Market, a monthly pop-up street festival that helps businesses, artists, and non-profits from the North & East End neighborhoods.

“The Night Market is always a popular event and we’re excited to be hosting the Design Slam right next door in our brewhouse,” says Rock House Brewing co-owner Billy Hacker. Additionally, Lexington Habitat for Humanity will be running a curated pop-up ReStore for the duration of the event, and Rock House will have food trucks and live music scheduled for later in the evening.

Organizers encourage everyone to come out, have a drink, shop, and watch the design process play out. Rain or shine, the Design Slam is a great event.

For further information on the event, visit AIA East Kentucky’s Facebook page or contact Holly Wood at Hwood@bciaep.com.

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