April 1, 2022

Looking to get licensed? Becoming a licensed architect could mean advancing in a traditional architecture firm, starting your own practice, or forging a whole new career path using the training and credentials you’ll get from the licensure process! The AIAS is excited to share some highlights of how the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, or NCARB, will be involved at Grassroots this summer! Don’t miss out on these great sessions, and definitely don’t miss out on the grants you or your chapter’s members could get from NCARB to attend the conference!

There’s no place like NCARB!
NCARB Office Open House
1401 H St NW, #500
Friday, July 29
1:30pm  – 2:30pm

Cafés and zoom rooms and chairs! Oh my! This tour of the award-winning National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) office will highlight the features of the downtown DC office designed for collaboration and inspiration. Take a peek behind the curtain of what our everyday operations entail and the facilities we use to do that. Meet key team members in this colorful LEED Gold and Fitwell certified space. NCARB is a place with real people who want to help you succeed as an architect.

Step Up! Student Licensing Advisor Actuation
Student Licensing Advisor Training Session
NCARB Office – 1401 H St NW, #500
Saturday, July 30
9:30am – noon

Are you the person everyone comes to with questions of what to do next?  Do you love being the person ‘in the know?’  Is your anticipation to keep moving towards your license infectious? Do you wish you knew other people working towards their license? Do you wish you knew people who are already licensed who want to help others along the path? Are you energized by helping others? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should be an architect licensing advisor! 

Equip yourself to be the ‘go to advisor’ for your peers through this training session. Come expand your knowledge, your network, and your mentoring value to your chapter, your members and fellow students. The student licensing advisor position also includes networking and travel opportunities. New this year, Student Licensing Advisors appointed for the 22-23 academic year can receive funding for travel, lodging, and food expenses, and registration fees for AIAS Grassroots 2022! Find more information about this grant opportunity and its requirements at the grant application below!


How To FBD
Freedom By Design Leadership Training Session
AIA Building – 1735 New York Ave. NW
Saturday, July 30
11:00am – noon

Is your chapter looking for a way to get more involved in your community? Looking for service opportunities? Do you already have a Freedom By Design program, and want to make sure you’re operating at peak performance and using the resources included in the newly-revamped FBD Manual in the best way possible? There are a million reasons to attend the FBD training session at Grassroots, and you don’t have to be a current FBD leader or even have an FBD program to come! At this session the Freedom By Design Advisory Committee will discuss strategies to serve in your community in the best way possible, while getting architectural experience (yeah, we’re talking AXP hours) along the way! This year the FBDAC will be collaborating with the AIA Center for Communities by Design to discuss ways to continue community service through architecture as a professional – even after graduation, AIAS members are uniquely suited to help their communities! This session is also your first step toward getting an NCARB Materials Grant for your FBD projects in the 2022-2023 school year; programs with FBD leaders who attend this session, or its companion session during the free Leadership Day programming, will be prioritized for grant funding!

Where do I get funding to come to Grassroots and learn about FBD, you ask? Well, first of all, check out this great post that includes fundraising strategies for attending Grassroots. Then read this: For the first time since 2019, grants are available through NCARB for FBD leaders to attend Grassroots! Check out the article below to find more information and fill out the application. One last note: Grant recipients are required to attend this training session!


Thanks to our friends at NCARB for providing so many opportunities for student leaders to come to DC this summer for Grassroots! We can’t wait to see you all there, and email mailbox@aias.org if you have any questions about the grants discussed above!