Welcome to the virtual 2021 AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference!

We have some stellar programming over the next few days and are excited that you are able to join us.

For those of you who attended FORUM, you should be familiar with how the AIAS has adapted to virtual conferencing. We’ve created this interactive page that will serve as a one stop shop for all of your Grassroots needs. The instructional video in your daily email reminders will show you how to navigate the page and maximize your conference experience. If you have any questions at all, please email us at mailbox@aias.org! All programming will be held in Eastern Time (ET). 


Full Schedule

Grassroots Partner Page


Quad/Region Slack Channels



Sunday | July 25th



Sun 11:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT

Council of Presidents Meeting: Viewing Room

For delegates, please refer to your link in the Council of Presidents Agenda.

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Sun 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT


Track 1: DAP X AIAS 2021

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Track 2: Landscape + Ecology + Design: The role of Resilience in Design and Planning

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Track 3: Architecture, Policy, and Advocacy – Impact Beyond the Walls

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Sun 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT

Quad Breakouts

Midwest Quad

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Northeast Quad

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South Quad

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West Quad

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Sun 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm EDT


Track 2: Sketching Like an Architect

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Track 3: From Ordinary Mentoring to Extraordinary Mentoring: The Difference is that Little Bit of Extra

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Sun 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm EDT

Networking Breaks

Networking Break: Equity

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Networking Break: Mental Health

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Networking Break: Sustainability

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Sun 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm EDT

General Session + Keynote #2 Ron Rael

Join us for our closing General Session with Keynote Speaker, Ron Rael.

Professor Ronald Rael is the Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture. His research interests connect indigenous and traditional material practices to contemporary technologies and issues and he is a design activist, author, and thought leader within the topics of additive manufacturing, borderwall studies, and earthen architecture. The London Design Museum awarded his creative practice, Rael San Fratello, (with architect Virginia San Fratello), the Beazley Award in 2021 for the design of the year, one of the most prestigious awards in design internationally. In 2014 his practice was named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League of New York—one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture.

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