Architecture 50:50

A Society of The American Institute of Architects

Architecture 50:50

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View the Video: Kentucky's Favorite Architecture by Popular Vote (7:51)

View the Video:  Top 50 Finalists (10:27)

View the Video: KET's 10 Buildings That Changed Louisville (30:00)

View Photos - Nov. 21, 2013 Anniversary Celebration with KET

AIA Kentucky and Kentucky Educational Television (KET) along with our partners joined forces in 2013 to celebrate and recognize Kentucky Architecture that has influenced the way Kentuckians live, work, and play.

In celebration of AIA Kentucky's 50th anniversary, the influence architects have had on life in Kentucky, and the awareness of how a building can impact an individual and/or a community, Kentuckians were invited to nominate significant, memorable and functional buildings of all sizes and styles online.

Over 170 buildings were nominated and 50 were chosen for our online competition. Over 5,000 voters cast over 13,000 votes.  The people have spoken!  In addition,earlier this summer, "10 Buildings That Changed Louisville" were selected in a juried competition. Winners of both competitions were announced at a grand reveal celebration on November 21, 2013 in Louisville.

Kentucky's Favorite Architecture Top 10 (by online popular vote; based on total number of votes received)

  1. Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington
  2. The Ascent at Roebling's Bridge, Covington
  3. The Louisville Palace, Louisville
  4. Jacobs Hall Museum, Danville
  5. Old State Capitol, Frankfort
  6. NKU Student Union, Highland Heights
  7. Twin Spires of Churchill Downs, Louisville
  8. Federal Hill (My Old Kentucky Home), Bardstown
  9. Calumet Farm, Lexington
  10. Jesse R. Zeigler House, Frankfort


"Ten Buildings That Changed Louisville" (in alphabetical order; selected in juried competition)

  • Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • American Life & Accident Insurance Company Building
  • Ballet Building
  • Bowman Field Terminal
  • Humana Building
  • Levy Brothers Building
  • Louisville Water Tower and River Road Pumping Station
  • Seelbach Hotel
  • 21c Museum Hotel
  • United States Marine Hospital


Architects: Designing a Better Kentucky

Architects create buildings and spaces where Kentuckians live, work and play. Schools, hospitals, churches, office buildings, government buildings, museums, shopping centers, parks, transportation hubs, courthouses – virtually every habitable building that you visit in daily life has been designed by an architect to meet very specific requirements. Building on the vision of public and private owners and developers, architects create functional, safe, sustainable, beautiful and healthy environments for those who occupy these places.