CODAawards exhibition

The internationally acclaimed CODAawards celebrate the projects that most successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces. Commissioned Art Matters – and the CODAawards program honors the individuals and the teams whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us every day.

The Octagon has hosted the CODAawards exhibit in 2017 and 2019. The Octagon remains closed to the public as we continue maintenance projects begun during the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, the CODAawards exhibition will be hosted on the Architects Foundation website with video features of the awardees. Check out the projects below!

The Architects Foundation will also be hosting online events with awardees throughout the summer of 2021. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed, and learn more below about sponsoring an event.

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Featured talks

I Was Here, Budget

I Was Here: Reshaping the American Commemorative Landscape
June 30, 2021 at 5pm ET
Hosted virtually

Recognized as a 2020 CODAaward winner, the mission of “I Was Here” is to reshape the American Commemorative Landscape. A set of portraits featuring contemporary African American individuals transformed into representative ancestors creates a visual for an invisible history. They are of all ages and genders just like those once sold. They are translucent, allowing viewers to literally see through them and for light to shine through them. Embedded into the images are longitude and latitude coordinates from around the world asking viewers to consider the broader connections of the wound that enslavement created in the foundation of America. They stand in the windows of shops, bars, the courthouse, professional offices, and studio spaces. Like enslaved people, they are both conspicuous and ordinary. Like slavery once was, the figures are everywhere. Each piece, like all good public history, pushes viewers to consider the past, present, and future all at once.

Based on archival records, the enslavement of Africans touched almost every corner of the United States. Synthesizing a wealth of humanities and historical scholarship, the project seeks to ignite and activate a shared citizenship. We believe that the spirit of the past can be redeemed and our future, as humanity, more richly nurtured.

Tickets to the panel are free; $15 tickets will permit additional entry into a giveaway for various prizes.

This panel is available for AIA Continuing Ed (1 LU); please provide AIA Member # upon signup.

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Click through the photos above or the links below to view in-depth features on each of the 2020 CODAworx awardee projects.

Annabelle over the Hollywood Hills, Residential
Julian Voss-Andreae
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Barbara Walker Crossing, Transportation
Ed Carpenter
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Bed-In for Peace’s Suite, Hospitality
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Constellations, Education
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Endless Miles, Healthcare
Rob Ley
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Flores del Desierto, People’s Choice
City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs
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I Was Here, Budget
Patrick Mitchell, Michael Preacely, Marshall Fields, Barry Darnell Burton, Daniel Ware, Marjorie Guyon, Syndy Deese, Jane Foote
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JACARANDA Mount Pleasant Woolworths Lacefence, Commercial
Paula Hart
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La Raza Interactive Experience, Institutional
Susan Narduli
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Regalia at the Reims Cathedral, People’s Choice
Les Studios Moment Factory Inc.
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St.-Joseph, Montigny-Lès-Cormeilles, Liturgical
Thierry Boissel
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The Journey, Public Spaces
Oh Yanoe LLC
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Thorns of Curacao, Landscape
Hermanus Van Bergen
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Additional information

This exhibit is made possible by CODAworx, the 2020 CODAawardees, and supporters of The Octagon and the Architects Foundation.

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