Chapter Leader of the Month (February)
AIAS North Carolina State University
February's Chapter Leader of the Month, Shawna Hammon, is a third year Master of Architecture student at North Carolina State University (NCSU) where she serves as the AIAS Chapter Graduate President. After several years of inactivity, the NCSU Chapter of AIAS has made a tremendous comeback thanks, in part, to Shawna’s strong and capable leadership. Boasting over 80 members, the Chapter has almost tripled its numbers and proudly sits in the top 20 in the nation in membership.
Rebuilding the Chapter was not an easy task, but Shawna, along with the rest of the AIAS|NCSU Executive Committee, was determined to create a chapter that would flourish now and for the generations of architecture students to come. Early on, Shawna recognized the importance of belonging to a national organization and sought to reconnect with AIAS at the national level by seeking funding for conference attendance. The Chapter has been privileged to send a member to Grassroots, eight members to the Fall South Quad Conference, five members to Forum, and plans to bring dozens of members to the Spring South Quad Conference thanks to several very generous sponsors including NCSU College of Design, AIA Triangle Chapter, The Freelon Group Architects, O’Brien/Atkins Associates, Clearscapes, Perkins + Will, and Brian Shawcroft.
Shawna is particularly passionate about spreading awareness of IDP and the process of professional licensure. She has led workshops on logging IDP hours and setting up a NCARB record. She has also hosted the NCARB IDP Director and Assistant Director each semester to present the latest on the IDP process and experience requirements.
Shawna’s ultimate goal is to teach architecture, which she has already had a taste of as a Teaching Assistant. She feels that being engaged in the studio environment, after formal education, is enriching to both students and professionals, thus shortly after licensure, Shawna plans to work toward becoming a tenured professor at an accredited university.