Vote for VMDO's Film in the 2019 AIA Film Challenge: “A New Lens for Resilient Design”

08.20.19

VMDO’s new short film “A New Lens for Resilient Design” has been selected for the initial round of public voting for the 2019 AIA Film Challenge – a competition that invites architects and filmmakers to collaborate on stories of architects creating more resilient and sustainable communities.

To view, support, and vote for our film, click here: “A New Lens for Resilient Design: VR’s Future in Healthy & Inclusive Communities.”

Our film takes a deep look into VMDO’s inclusive design process and how we can harness the power of virtual reality (VR) as a tool for collaborative design. VMDO’s in-house filmmaker Asa Eslocker follows architect Lauren Shirley and public health visionary Dr. Matthew Trowbridge as they lead an intensive workshop in VR around the issues of student health, wellness, and community resilience for the University of Virginia.

How Might We...?

Central to the film is the question: “How might we use virtual reality to create an inclusive design process that can support the goals of a more healthy and resilient university community?” The VMDO team uses a comprehensive design thinking process to engage a diverse group of university stakeholders, students, and designers in generating design ideas for UVA’s new Student Health and Wellness Center. Opening in 2021, the facility is planned to be an interdisciplinary facility focused on the emerging paradigm of preventative and holistic healthcare.

VR is emerging as a collaborative and accessible tool that can engage diverse user groups in generating feedback in the early stages of design. This is the story of how a major public building project can drive a shared focus around preventative health, and a vision for a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient university community.

The AIA Film Challenge + Blueprint for Better Campaign

As part of the AIA’s larger Blueprint for Better Campaign, the AIA Film Challenge seeks creative short films that highlight how architects are helping their communities. This year’s prompt challenges filmmakers to “tell a story of how architects, civic leaders, and their communities are working together to create resilient and sustainable communities.”

A panel of judges made up of architects and film professionals (including a major Hollywood director) will select the Grand Prize Winner, a Runner Up, and a Third Place Winner based on the film’s adherence to the prompt, storytelling arc, architectural placement, and technical merit. Winners could win $5,000 and paid trips to see their film screened at the Chicago Ideas Festival, from October 12 to 17.

Public voting for the People’s Choice Award will occur August 19 through September 27. The AIA encourages supporters to vote early and often. So, show your love for VMDO’s inclusive design story and our in-house film production team by voting as much as you like, using this link.


VMDO’s new short film “A New Lens for Resilient Design” has been selected for the initial round of public voting for the 2019 AIA Film Challenge – a competition that invites architects and filmmakers to collaborate on stories of architects creating more resilient and sustainable communities.

To view, support, and vote for our film, click here: “A New Lens for Resilient Design: VR’s Future in Healthy & Inclusive Communities.”

Our film takes a deep look into VMDO’s inclusive design process and how we can harness the power of virtual reality (VR) as a tool for collaborative design. VMDO’s in-house filmmaker Asa Eslocker follows architect Lauren Shirley and public health visionary Dr. Matthew Trowbridge as they lead an intensive workshop in VR around the issues of student health, wellness, and community resilience for the University of Virginia.

How Might We...?

Central to the film is the question: “How might we use virtual reality to create an inclusive design process that can support the goals of a more healthy and resilient university community?” The VMDO team uses a comprehensive design thinking process to engage a diverse group of university stakeholders, students, and designers in generating design ideas for UVA’s new Student Health and Wellness Center. Opening in 2021, the facility is planned to be an interdisciplinary facility focused on the emerging paradigm of preventative and holistic healthcare.

VR is emerging as a collaborative and accessible tool that can engage diverse user groups in generating feedback in the early stages of design. This is the story of how a major public building project can drive a shared focus around preventative health, and a vision for a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient university community.

The AIA Film Challenge + Blueprint for Better Campaign

As part of the AIA’s larger Blueprint for Better Campaign, the AIA Film Challenge seeks creative short films that highlight how architects are helping their communities. This year’s prompt challenges filmmakers to “tell a story of how architects, civic leaders, and their communities are working together to create resilient and sustainable communities.”

A panel of judges made up of architects and film professionals (including a major Hollywood director) will select the Grand Prize Winner, a Runner Up, and a Third Place Winner based on the film’s adherence to the prompt, storytelling arc, architectural placement, and technical merit. Winners could win $5,000 and paid trips to see their film screened at the Chicago Ideas Festival, from October 12 to 17.

Public voting for the People’s Choice Award will occur August 19 through September 27. The AIA encourages supporters to vote early and often. So, show your love for VMDO’s inclusive design story and our in-house film production team by voting as much as you like, using this link.