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.



Haley Evans is currently pursuing a Masters of Architecture degree at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her BS in Architecture from Bowling Green State University in 2018. Throughout her time in AIAS, Haley has served in multiple leadership roles and is currently the President and founding board member of the newly reestablished AIAS chapter at Washington University in St. Louis.

 The chapter recently hosted THRIVE – A Career Prep Conference. The success of the conference would not have been possible without the work of Haley, Vice President Erin Socha, and a dedicated executive board behind the planning process. The day consisted of panel discussions and lectures from a variety of St. Louis professionals. The conference culminated with a portfolio review and a networking happy hour. Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive. The networking connections made between local professionals and students will benefit the chapter and its members as it continues to grow. 

Erin Conti Midwest Quad Director says Haley has been the Chapter President since December of last year and has played a huge role in their success in growing their membership. “She lead the planning team for THRIVE at their school, which was an amazing event, all while still running their chapter providing opportunities and for their members,” says Erin.

Haley has been a key driver since the chapter’s reinstatement in 2018. She and the Wash U AIAS Executive board team have strived to make this AIAS an integral link between all the preexisting architecture organizations at the Sam Fox School. Her team has lead multiple efforts to create engaging events for the newly instated chapter; from t-shirt design contents, to sketching competitions, to a student-led tutorial series called “30 minutes with..”, to a partnership with The Young Architects Forum STL for a lecture, and coffee talks with Wash U Architecture faculty. 

In addition, Haley’s efforts to work with other organizations’ leaders to establish a Student Leader Counsel, involving all chapter presidents and vice presidents within the Sam Fox School, will work towards advocacy for, and transparency between, the organization, students and faculty for years to come.



This ‘Chapter Leader of the Month’ feature is sponsored by the Benjamin Moore.