April 20, 2020

Dear friends,

We hope that this message finds you and your family and loved ones safe and well.

We are reaching out to you today to update you on our plans for AIR 50: The Architecture in Rome 50th Anniversary Celebration. Due to the current situation in Seattle and throughout the country and the world with the COVID -19 outbreak, we are postponing all of the spring 2020 events in Seattle and Fall 2020 events in Rome.

These postponements include the AIR 50 Fifty Years of Architecture in Rome exhibit (May 4-16); the “Alumni Voices” panel discussion (May 7); the Rome Dinner gala & live auction (May 16); the Rome and the Teacher, Astra Zarina exhibit curated by Steven Holl (May 20-29); and the Steven Holl Lecture (May 27). Due to the uncertain situation in Italy, we also need to postpone the Alumni Studios (September 14-19 & 21-26), which were to be taught by Frank Ching, Trina Deines and Galen Minah; the AIR 50 exhibit opening reception (November 14); and the invitation to the Rome studio mid-review (November 16).

In making this decision, we are especially mindful of the harrowing situation in Italy and the UW Rome Center, as was recently conveyed by its resident director, Amity Neumeister. I know that we all share with you our deepest sympathies for our friends in Italy as they struggle to respond to one of the biggest challenges the country has faced in over 75 years. It is out of respect for Italy and its people, as well as for our own friends and family, that we put our plans on hold.

However, even amid these challenging circumstances, we remain deeply committed to provide the Architecture in Rome Program of the University of Washington the celebration it deserves. While we cannot offer a timeline on when these events will be rescheduled, we are continuing our arrangements and will reach out to you as soon as circumstances allow us to make secure plans.

In the meantime, we suggest that on May 16, 2020 at around 6:00 pm – at the time of our now postponed Rome Dinner – you raise a glass in celebration of the people, the place, and the relationships that we all cherish, especially now in these difficult times.


Brian McLaren, Associate Professor and Chair, UW Department of Architecture
Dave Miller, Chair, AIR 50 Organizing Committee