Why We Are Here

VISION: Empowering voices, ideas, and actions for the future.

What We Do

MISSION: Advancing leadership, design, and service among architecture students

We promote excellence in architecture education, and training:

Architectural practice is constantly evolving. A large part of that evolution happens in schools. A pedagogy that promotes experimentation and exploration above all. AIAS members understand their role in the profession as leaders. Not the future of the profession but the now. Programs like Freedom by Design, CRIT and Grassroots mentorship empower students to own that role.

We foster an appreciation of architecture, design and related disciplines:

Our annual gathering FORUM and regional Quad Conferences, provide students with the opportunity to learn about the issues facing our world, to meet students and professionals with common interests, and to interact with some of today’s leading architects and designers.

We enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration:

Through the Freedom by Design™ program and other community outreach, we empower our members and students as a whole to be good citizens on their campuses and in their communities.

We organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and policy of architecture:

We are the sole student voice in the collateral discussion and decision-making process that include The American Institute of Architects (AIA), The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), The National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) and The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Who We Are

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to providing unmatched progressive programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architecture and the experience of education. The AIAS aims to promote excellence in architectural education, training, and practice; to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.

These value statements reflect our programs, events, initiatives, and culture that can help tell the story of an AIAS member.


IMPACT: We advocate for and enact positive change.

COMMUNITY: We foster an inclusive network of peers that learn from, support, and drive one another.

GROWTH: We inspire students to reach their greatest potential through meaningful learning opportunities.

PASSION: We pursue large goals and aspirations through each member’s enthusiasm.

PERSPECTIVE: We link the profession’s opportunities to architectural education.

BALANCE: We promote respectful relationships, an environment of diversity, and a thriving studio culture