Know Before You Go
Insider Tips for Getting the Most Out of AIAS FORUM Texas
In a little more than a week, we will be seeing you in Austin, TX! We’ve compiled a list of reminders and tips so that YOU are prepared for the most awesome FORUM yet.
1. What to pack
2. Download the Bizzabo app
This year, everything has been digitalized! Download the Bizzabo app to manage your schedule, navigate the conference, and stay up-to-date on everything FORUM related.
3. Visit us at the registration desk
Stop by the registration desk to check-in and grab your conference bag!
Registration Desk Hours:
4. Book your Tour + Event Tickets
Tickets for tours and events are both sold online and onsite. Tickets are limited, so be sure to purchase them sooner rather than later. If you bought your tickets in advance, you can pick them up when you check-in at registration. Keep in mind that you do have the option to purchase tickets onsite at the Tours + Events table.
Honor Awards: $20
Beaux Arts Ball (Guest): $50
5. Getting around Austin
Interested in using public transportation while in Austin? Make sure to check out their metro’s schedules & maps and to download the CapMetro App. If you’d prefer ridesharing, take advantage of the exclusive offer through Lyft below:
6. What to expect onsite
This year, each day is categorized as a different “track” and tracks do not need to be selected ahead of time.
General Session: Open to all attendees
Need a place to hang between sessions? Head over to the AIA Student Lounge. The lounge will have some programming including a live recording of #Askanarchitect, but will also be used as a default networking break area in between sessions and during “down times.” When in doubt, head over to the student lounge
All tours depart from the Student Lounge on the 3rd floor of the JW Marriott. The pre-conference trip to San Antonio is a paid add-on to the conference. For those who have purchased a ticket, please meet in the lobby at8:30am on December 28th.
This year’s Beaux Arts Ball theme is black gold, so make sure to bring your best black and gold apparel! Beaux Arts Ball includes (1) drink ticket and will have a cash bar along with light snacks. Please note, that Honor Awards and COP Reception are both cash bars as well.
The FORUM Texas team is encouraging folks to dress casually, as Texas likes to keep it laid back. However, please consider a more professional outfit for the Expo and Firm Tours.
7. Outfit yourself in AIAS Swag
Extra holiday cash? Stop by STORUM to pick up your AIAS gear. STORUM will be open every day before the evening General Session from 3:30pm-4:30pm. If your chapter is interested in selling your chapter’s swag, there is still time! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
8. Be social
The AIAS FORUM Instagram and Facebook pages are great resources for important conference activities and fun. We want to hear about your experience as well! Share with us your favorite parts of FORUM throughInstagram, Facebook, & Twitter.
Don’t forget to tag @aiasorg and use the following hashtags — #AIASfrm17 #AIASFRM #FRMTX #FRM17 #forum2k17 #architectureconference #architecturestudents
Also, be sure to use our Snapchat filters at the following events: Opening Ceremonies, Honor Awards, Beaux Arts Ball, and Closing Ceremonies.
9. Stay hydrated and fed
With so much to do at AIAS FORUM, it can be easy to forget to eat or drink. Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of places that are top rated in the area:
Also, head on over to our website for discounts around the city, including discounts for hotel parking and restaurants!
10. In case you can’t make it
We get it, things come up! If you are unable to attend, be sure to fill out our Cancellation/Refund Request Form prior to January 12th. Keep in mind that there is a $50 administrative fee associated with refund process. Also, hotel reservationhttp://www.aias.