2×8 is turning 20 this year! The 2×8 Exhibition is an annual, 501(c)(3) non-profit program conceived as a way to connect university level architecture programs with the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry. 2×8 is a unique event which functions simultaneously as a design competition, student exhibit and scholarship fund. Every year, the exhibit showcases exemplary student work from architecture & design institutions across California, generating exposure for the designers of tomorrow. Each student project also becomes an entry into a parallel design competition with winning entries receiving scholarships at the opening event.
Since 2002, the program has been hosted by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects. As of 2021, Architecture for Communities Los Angeles (ACLA) has been 2×8’s new home. While the fundamental goals and functions of the program have remain the same, maintaining strong ties with AIA|LA, the transition to ACLA marked a shift in the program’s focus to be more community-oriented.
The sponsorships we receive directly fund our student winners. Last year, we were able to raise a total of $30,000! This allowed us to award merit-based scholarships to 11 winning student projects. All proceeds from purchased sponsorships and donations made to 2×8 will directly fund the scholarships that will be awarded to the student recipients. There are a limited amount of sponsorships available for purchase per sponsorship level, so act fast! You can learn more about the sponsorship at https://www.ac-la.org/sponsorships/p/2×8-sponsorships-22
For our 20th Anniversary, we’d like to match, if not surpass, last year’s amazing fundraising efforts and are aiming to provide as much support as we can for our aspiring student participants. We will be exhibiting 40 student projects from 20 different schools. Please join us in celebrating and creating opportunities for these young designers by becoming a sponsor today!