Mixed Plate Hawaii, by Kaoru Lovett, Graham Hart, and Ronald Ribao has won the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Look Up Film Challenge People’s Choice Award. As part of the AIA’s multi-year public awareness campaign, the Look Up Film Challenge People’s Choice Award allowed the public to vote for their favorite film that was selected by a jury comprised of architects and media professionals. The finalists eligible for the People’s Choice Award were announced last month at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

“It’s easy to see why Mixed Plate Hawaii has captured the People’s Choice Award,” said 2015 AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA. “The film speaks to all generations, from every background. It’s inspiring and truly makes people want to look up and celebrate the beauty of life’s diversity.”

The film looks at how Hawaii’s diverse cultural heritage has proffered a diverse built environment over time, or, as Lovett says, “life in four dimensions.” Mixed Plate Hawaii was recognized with Third Prize for the overall Film Challenge and received special recognition in the Diversity & Inclusion category. Mixed Plate Hawaii along with all the videos selected by the jury can still be viewed at ilookup.org.

“When we made this film it was really just about the thoughts that were going through our heads, we are happy, honored, and relieved to find out that so many others feel the same way or appreciate what we have done,” said Graham Hart.

“Mixed Plate Hawaii wouldn’t have done so well had it not been for the influence of the larger community. To see the impact that the greater public can have on something that we worked on is truly humbling,” said Kaoru Lovett. “The entire experience has left us eager to further explore the relationship between cinema and architecture.”

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