Blueprint for Better Public Spaces


Lynn Robinson
Director of Outreach
(678) 553 0507


This event has been postponed due to inclement weather. New details TBD

Film is an excellent way to educate, inform, and inspire the public about architecture and the positive impact architects make on a community. With that idea in mind, the AIA Film challenge was born. We are excited to host Georgia’s first viewing of some of the short films entered into the American Institute of Architect’s 2016, 2017, and 2018 competition years.

After work on Monday, September 9, come wind down at the Historic Savannah Theatre and hear from local leaders dedicated to people powered places and how architects and students across the country are getting their hands dirty for the cause.

Film Selections

  • Ka Hale: A Revival, 2018
  • The Beast, 2016
  • Pisces, 2017
  • A Joyful Gathering Place, 2018
  • Bonton, A Beacon of Hope, 2018
  • Redemption Square, 2018

After work, come wind down at the Savannah Theatre and hear from local leaders dedicated to public spaces and how architects, city leaders, and students are getting their hands dirty for the cause.

In Conversation With…

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Anne K. Smith, FAIA

Anne Smith is a native Savannahian whose professional career has spanned over 30 years. She is a Principal Architect at Savannah firm, Lominack Kolman Smith Architects. Anne’s work experience consists of both preservation and new construction for a wide variety of project types. Many projects Anne has overseen have also involved working with non-profit agencies, and coordinating with volunteer boards and building committees.

Sen. Lester Jackson III

A family dentist from Savannah, Georgia, Dr. Lester G. Jackson, III, is providing exceptional dental services to the Savannah/Chatham County area for over two decades. Elected first in 1998, Dr. Jackson currently serves in the Georgia General Assembly as a three term senator, representing the 2nd district of the Georgia– a role in which he has received many accolades and appointments by his peers.

John Moody

John Moody is a filmmaker, city planner, and designer from Pullman, Washington and currently based in Los Angeles. Building on a decade of film industry experience (including four seasons on the set of Fox TV’s New Girl) and a master’s degree in city planning from MIT, John co-founded Invisible Cities Studio in 2016 to help people create inclusive cities and urban spaces using cinematic storytelling. His latest film “Redemption Square” will be shown at the event.

Lorraine Morland

Lorraine is a healer, spiritual director, and musician from Los Angeles. After eight years of homelessness at the end of a toxic marriage, she found love and help from the  Good Shepherd Center pushing her into advocacy for homeless issues and the Women Against Gun Violence. Lorraine also sings in the group Urban Voices. She is a nasrrator for the film “Redemption Square” by filmmaker John Moody.