June 14, 2018


Insider Tips for Getting the Most Out of A’18 in NYC.
In a little more than a week, we will be seeing you in New York, NY! We’ve compiled a list of reminders and tips so that YOU are prepared for the most awesome AIA Conference yet.

1. What to pack

  • Sketchbook
  • Pen/Pencils
  • Laptop + Charger
  • Business cards
  • Portfolio + Resume
  • Comfortable Footwear: A’18’s programming is spread out across multiple venues – plan ahead.
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual

2. Download the A’18 app

Download the A’18 app to manage your schedule, navigate the conference, and stay up-to-date on everything A’18 related.

3. Getting around NYC

Using public transportation is part of life in NYC. Make sure to check out the MTA’s interactive subway map.

Upon your arrival, we recommend purchasing a 7-day unlimited Metrocard ($32), available for self-serve at all MTA subway stations. Don’t be stuck at the station refilling cards! Get a weekly pass, to begin with, and glide through your multiple track trips.

4. Be social

The A’18 Facebook page is a great resource for important conference activities and fun. We want to hear about your experience as well! Share with us your favorite parts of A’18 through Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.

Don’t forget to tag @aiasorg @aianational and use the following hashtags — #A18Con #architectureconference #architecturestudents

5. Participate in A’18 Day of Service

Make an impact during the A’18 Day of Service on Sat. June 23rd. You’ll be helping realize 6 community design projects across New York City, from an edible school garden to homeless shelters and more, building a brighter future for those in need.

6. Things you won’t want to miss…

  • Thursday 9pm-midnight: The Emerging Professionals Party at Stage48! There are tickets still available, but make sure to buy yours in advance, as the student rate of $20 goes to the standard price of $100 at the door!
  • Friday 3-5pm: AIAS National Vice President, Elizabeth Seidel will be participating on a panel discussion titled “EV 406: I Have My Degree… Now How Do I Find A Job?” at Parson – The New School.
  • Thursday 11am-12pm: Stop by the NCARB booth to connect with fellow students and AIAS leadership. NCARB will be giving out t-shirts and other goodies at their booth!

7. Need a roommate?

If you’re looking for a roomie or have a bed to spare, please post a message on our A’18 Roommate Finder Message Board.

8. Stay hydrated and fed

With so much to do at A’18, it can be easy to forget to eat or drink. Don’t worry, we’ve found a list of 50 Cheap Eats Destinations in NYC.

9. Explore the Expo Floor

This year’s Architecture Expo will be held at Javits Center. We’ve put together a list of booths from our AIAS National Partners, and there are some exciting social hours happening (and FREE ice cream!)

AIA – Booth #1739

AIA’s signature event, the Conference on Architecture! Many of you know the AIA Emerging Professionals from their engagement at lots of AIAS events, and they’ve even created some fun things for students at A’18!

Thursday 2-4pm: All member reception at the AIA+Architect booth #1739

Avitru – Booth #2458

One of our newest national partners, Avitru (formerly ARCOM), is the developer of MasterSpec®, the most trusted and comprehensive master guide specification system in the industry. With some of the most highly regarded experts in the industry, the Avitru team is committed to construct a world where better building leads to better lives.

Sponsored by AVITRU, the AIA Startup Showcase (Booth #2458) is on the expo floor to highlight some unique new startups in the architectural industry, including companies such as Morpholio, an app that transforms your iPad into a sketchbook, and more!

Stop by the AIA Startup Showcase on Thursday, June 21 from 1-2pm for a student-featured social hour with free ice cream and a chance to win a $100 gift card to the AIA Bookstore!

NCARB – Booth #1847
Ready to advance your career? Stop by the NCARB booth (#1847) in the expo hall to reflect on next steps in your architecture career, and explore how NCARB’s programs and services can help you achieve them.

Benjamin Moore – Booth #321
As the newest AIAS Freedom By Design Strategic Partner, and as a part of their commitment to the public at large, Benjamin Moore is proud to assist a number of community outreach programs that support those in need. In addition to their national support, Benjamin Moore (starting Summer 2018) will also be offering our Freedom By Design projects heavily discounted/complimentary paints! Make sure to stop by the Benjamin Moore booth #321 and say hello and how much you appreciate their support!

Vectorworks – Booth #1157
Vectorworks is excited to partner with the AIAS as the In Studio: Render/Sketch sponsor! In addition to sponsoring the Instagram competition, Vectorworks also has killer software. Stop by the Vectorworks booth #1157 to try out their software and learn how you can download your free copy!

NTMA – Booth #4803
The National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association has been a long-term partner of the AIAS, and is continuously joining us at FORUM and Grassroots. Stop by the NTMA booth #4803 to say hello!

Schindler – Booth #1347
Proud sponsors of the ‘Elevate Your Pitch’ competition, Schindler Elevator Corporation is one of the leading global manufacturers of elevators, escalators and moving walks. Visit Booth #1347 to chat about their products, about the competition, and to see what free giveaways they’re offering!

Sherwin Williams – Booth #1857/1863LL
One of the newest partners of the AIAS, Sherwin Williams has recently signed on as a Gold Partner. Stop by booth #1857 to say hello!

GRAPHISOFT – Booth #1057
A long-standing partner of the AIAS, GRAPHISOFT will be presenting a workshop at AIAS Grassroots. Stop by their booth to learn more about their software and see what giveaways they have for students!

AGA – Booth #534
The American Galvanizers Association is the proud sponsor of the In Studio: Made competition that is currently open until July 31, 2018! Stop by their booth to talk about galvanizing, and get inspired to submit a sketch for the competition – you might even get your design built by their manufacturers!

Black Spectacles – Booth #4724
A long-standing partner of the AIAS, Black Spectacles worked hard with the AIAS this spring to bring THRIVE: A Career Prep Program to life! Stop by their booth to hear more about what support they offer students and emerging professionals.