CRIT Scholar is a research-based fellowship program funded by the AIA in partnership with several prominent architecture firms. The program aims to support student research and serves as an exclusive opportunity for students to receive further guidance in their own research.  The long-term objective is to encourage students to be actively involved in furthering architectural innovation in support of the design profession through mentored research projects embedded in academia and practice. CRIT Scholar will be the third program included in the AIAS CRIT brand portfolio, alongside CRIT Journal and CRIT Live.


The program is targeted towards students in B. Arch 4/5 and M. Arch 1. This ensures that the pool of applicants have a concise focus and a goal-oriented agenda. Keep in mind that you do not need to have a completed project in order to apply. We will review applicants that are in various stages of research. Once the grantees are selected, they will receive $1,000 in funding for their research. In addition, they will also be personally matched with an architect mentor who is specialized in their topic area of research. Research mentors will be from the following firms: Payette, HKS Architects, Sasaki. Those interested in applying must be an active AIAS member.






Andrea Love, AIA, LEED Fellow



Upali Nanda

HKS, Inc.


Colin Booth, Assoc. AIA



Tate Walker, AIA, LEED Fellow

OPN Architects





Participant Value & Expectations

Mentor Value & Expectations