January 30, 2019

CALLING ALL ADVOCATES!  The AIAS is proud to announce the launch of the AIAS Advocates Program – an application-based program geared towards showcasing and providing platforms for you, our members, to speak up and speak loud about niched advocacy topics and initiatives.  The AIAS Advocates Program will run on a calendar-year schedule, similar to the AIAS CRIT Journal.  The concept for this program was inspired by Shoaib Nizami, a deaf architecture student from the University of Houston.  Shoaib, the inaugural AIAS Advocate, presented a video to all FORUM conference attendees in order to raise awareness of deaf architecture students having a lack of resources and opportunities within academic and professional architecture settings.  Check out his video below if you were not able to attend FORUM.


AIAS Advocates will receive a number of benefits upon being selected for the Program.  These benefits include:

  • A 5-minute presentation during a General Session at Grassroots 2019
  • Opportunities to showcase content on the @aias_advocacy Instagram throughout the year
  • The opportunity to create a short video showcasing Advocacy topic that will be presented in tandem with the Grassroots Presentation AND published on AIAS website
  • Direct assistance from AIAS National in connecting with professionals and resources related to Advocacy topic
  • The opportunity to curate a presentation or engagement endeavor at FORUM Toronto



In order to apply to be an AIAS Advocate for the 2019 Year, please send the following materials as one .zip attachment to President Amy Rosen at president@aias.org by 11:59pm EST on March 1st:

  • 1-2 Page Resume
  • Letter of intent
  • Some form of media/multimedia material that highlights what you are advocating for (video, graphics, presentation, etc.)



January 30th

  • Application launch

March 1 (beginning of advocacy month)

  • Application deadline

April 1st

  • Advocates Announced
  • 2019 Program Begins

April – July

July 18th – 21st – Grassroots

  • Presentations from Advocates

August – December

December 28th – January 2nd – FORUM

  • Speaking/Engagement Opportunity
  • 2019 Program Culminates


3-5 AIAS Advocates shall be selected to be championed by AIAS National for the year, depending on the quality and quantity of submissions.  This is an exciting opportunity to truly make an impact and use your voice, so get excited and apply to be an AIAS Advocate today!