Freedom By Design
Freedom by Design is the AIAS community service program that uses the talents of architecture students to radically impact the lives of people in their community through modest design and construction solutions. FBD provides real-world experience through working with clients, learning from local licensed architects and contractors, and experiencing the practical impacts of architecture and design. Learn More.
CRIT is the journal of the AIAS and the premier publication of student’s in architecture, design, and associated fields. As an AIAS member, you will receive a complimentary subscription to CRIT.
As an AIAS member, you may also apply to become a member of the CRIT Editorial team. Contributing to CRIT is an opportunity to develop research and writing skills. Learn More.
#DesignersofAIAS is a program launched by the Design Think Tank as a platform for AIAS members to brag about how AIAS has inspired their design processes. Through a series of testimonies, we aim to show our membership how AIAS has influenced our designs in studio and the career paths we may take in the future.
Every year, the AIAS collects in one city over the winter holiday to network, hear from our sponsors, learn from other leaders, discuss issues relevant to architecture and design education, and conduct official AIAS business. All members are encouraged to attend and the location changes on a yearly basis. In addition to the energy of being surrounded by others with the same interests, the new Board of Directors is elected from a pool of incredibly inspiring candidates as they have speeches, debates and networking opportunities with AIAS members! Learn More.
AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference
For more than 30 years the AIAS has been preparing future leaders in architecture through our AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference.
Each year the conference brings together chapter leaders, AIAS Freedom By Design program leaders, and other emerging professionals seeking insight and preparation on how to make the most of their year ahead. Grassroots is usually held in the Washington, DC area in July. Learn More.
CRIT Live: AIAS Research Symposia
These fall events are an effort to provide student members with training opportunities centered on designing, funding, performing, and presenting effective research projects. As research represents an important facet of architecture in both the academy and practice, we want to ensure our members obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the profession. Learn More.
THRIVE: A Career Prep Program
THRIVE is a series of educational sessions and networking events for members that will cover tips and tricks for thriving in the profession. From landing your first job and starting on your first project to making meaningful contributions with confidence; this program aims to have relevance to a wide spectrum of undergraduate and graduate students. Learn More.
Each year, regional conferences take place annually in the spring in the Northeast, South, Midwest and West Quads. These gatherings, known as Quad Conferences, are hosted by local chapters who have been selected to organize the event by their Quad. Themes vary based on the city, local culture, and architectural topic of choice.
Quad Conferences are a terrific way to meet other students in your region, learn about architecture outside of the classrooms and have a lot of fun. Learn More.
Local Chapter Events
Local Chapter Events are the heart of our organization! Each chapter has a different array of local events that are reflective of a chapter’s individual and unique culture.
For more information, contact your local AIAS Chapter President. You can find the contact information on our interactive Chapters Page.
Become a Leader
The AIAS affords its members many opportunities to become involved as a leader. From leading your local AIAS Chapter to joining the AIAS Board of Directors, the AIAS has countless of student-run leadership positions.
For more information regarding leadership positions, contact your local AIAS Chapter President or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AIAS members can automatically roll over to AIA Associate membership for free for 18 months upon graduation.
AIA provides a complimentary digital edition of ARCHITECT magazine to all AIAS members, as well as plenty of opportunities for engagement at AIAS conferences, local AIA chapters, and online.
AIA is also an active partner in the AIAS’ research grant program, CRIT Scholar.
NCARB’s Student Architect Licensing Advisor Program, facilitated by the AIAS, gives students a voice in the licensure process and a local licensure advisor on campus.
Through a partnership with NCARB, the AIAS is able to distribute grants to Freedom by Design projects across the country. Grassroots for training. Freedom by Design participants also have the opportunity to receive NCARB AXP hours for their effort in addition to mentorship from local architects. Learn More.
Receive discounts on digital workshops and ARE Prep materials.
The AIAS is dedicated to bridging the gap between education and the profession. Our career programming is our effort to start to understand where the gap is and how to approach training students to be better off in their new work environments. Learn More.
AIAS Honor Awards
Each year the AIAS honors individuals and groups for their exemplary work in areas such as leadership, collaboration, scholarship, and service. The AIAS Honor Awards were developed to publicly recognize outstanding achievements by students, educators, and practitioners who have exhibited an exemplary commitment to the education and development of architecture students. Learn More.
CRIT Scholar is a research-based fellowship program that will be funded by the AIA in partnership with several prominent architecture firms. The program aims to support student research and will serve 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. Learn More.
In Studio Render/Sketch Competition
The fall In Studio Render/Sketch competition allows AIAS members to share their sketches and renderings with a broader audience outside of their studio for the opportunity to win cash prizes. Learn More.
In Studio Portfolio Competition
The winter In Studio Portfolio competition gives members the opportunity showcase their professional portfolios and to provide inspiration for those looking to enhance their own portfolios.
This competition is open to all years and skill sets – but focuses on students who are ready to apply for graduate school or who are looking for a summer internship or full-time position. Learn More.
In Studio Model Competition
The AIAS represents the collective voice of architecture students across the U.S., and across the world through our international chapters and partnerships with comparable student associations in Europe, India, Australia, Africa, and South and Central America. AIAS members have expressed a desire to use their voice to make a difference, and to be more relevant. In response, the AIAS Board of Directors has initiated a standing Advocacy Task Force to examine and address contemporary issues facing students as they transition into practice. Learn More.
The AIAS and PPI have teamed up to bring you ‘I Want to Work In’, a career feature that highlights recent graduates who are living and working in towns and cities around the world and will provide an inside look at their personal and professional lives while balancing studying for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE).
The Institute is committed to helping students on the path to architecture careers and believes #AskAnArchitect can help students understand the value of architects in society and the many career options available within the ever-changing profession of architecture.
The Architype Project Podcast
The American Institute of Architecture Students presents an in-depth look at the world of architecture outside of conventional practice.
From graphics to food, politics to fashion, the knowledge and skill sets developed through an education or background in architecture a vast and vastly applicable. These “Architypes” are living among us, relatively unheralded and these are their stories. Learn More.
The MIT Press is pleased to offer AIAS members a 30% ongoing discount on all MITP architecture titles. Happy reading from The MIT Press!
This is a free subscription to a design journal featuring editorials and photography of meaningful projects that are improving lives.
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