Each month, the AIAS highlights the outstanding dedication and accomplishments of one of its members. The Chapter Leader of the Month can be a Chapter President or any member who has shown tremendous leadership.



Scott Cornelius is a fourth-year architecture student at Oklahoma State University. Scott will serve as the Chapter President for the 2019-2020 school year, following his service as Vice President for the 2018-2019 year and as chapter Social Chair for the 2017-2018 year.

Scott began volunteering at AIAS events in his freshman year and was elected to the position of Social Chair in second-year. During that year, he was responsible for planning all social events for the chapter, which proved to be a challenge. This position dramatically increased Scott’s involvement with and dedication to the AIAS, and it was during this year that Scott found a true passion in changing the education and practice of architecture.

In third-year, Scott became the Vice President of OSU’s AIAS chapter and a member of the Resiliency Task Force, and also served as President of the Construction Specifications Institute chapter. He was given the opportunity to speak to the CSI College of Fellows on the state of education for the building industry, which served to increase his passion for education even more. Scott also ran for 2019-2020 South Quad director at FORUM in Seattle, and though he lost the election it was an amazing learning experience. Scott and his amazing exec teams have worked hard to grow and better the OSU chapter of AIAS, and he can’t wait to do more at the national level.

South Quad Director Paul Bamson says that Scott strives to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, community involvement and volunteering, and mentorship at the OSU local chapter. “Locally, Scott has worked to revamp many aspects of the chapter, whether that’s how the chapter conducts elections, plans and executes fundraising events, or how the current board prepares materials for the incoming board to establish smoother transitions from year to year. This revamp helped the OSU chapter elect some excellent candidates who will carry the torch this upcoming year. With one more year to go, I am excited to see what else Scott will accomplish before graduation in 2020,” says Paul.

Scott loves to mentor younger students in architecture and through various camps and programs, and while he can’t wait to get into the industry his end goal is to teach at a school of architecture.

What Benjamin Moore® color best represents your personality and why?

I chose Corn Husk because it is warm and inviting, but also lends a sense of vibrancy and life to a space. I feel as though my desire to inspire passion in others is well represented by this color. Also, “corn” = Cornelius.


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