May 24, 2019

The AIAS is excited to announce the locations for the fall and spring lineup of both THRIVE: Career Prep and CRIT Live: Research Symposia events. THRIVE is a day-long series of educational sessions for members that cover topics to help you thrive in the profession such as interviewing skills, portfolio design, your first day/year, working with a supervisor/mentor, and moving up in a firm. CRIT Live provides student members with training opportunities centered on designing, funding, performing, and presenting effective research projects, as well as opportunities to present research themselves. Both THRIVE and CRIT Live are recent additions to the AIAS event portfolio and were established to broaden AIAS’ reach across interests and experience levels.

In the fall of 2017, the AIAS Board of Directors elected to restructure the event schedule resulting in one CRIT Live and THRIVE event each semester. The 2019-2020 lineup is as follows:


THRIVE: Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) October 5, 2019

CRIT Live: University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte, NC) October 26, 2019


THRIVE: Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA) February 29, 2020

CRIT LIVE: Hosted in conjunction with the ACSA 108th Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA) March 12-14, 2020

Registration for both fall events will open in August and January for the spring events.

The AIAS is seeking members who wish to present their finished research or in-progress research at either CRIT Live event at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte or in San Diego at the ACSA Annual Meeting. There are available spots for the presentation of traditional research studies, project-based research focusing on design, or topical studies in-progress. Selected presenters will receive a comped registration to the event. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, September 13th using the form below:

Example Topics or Focus Areas

  • Urban Planning
  • Design and Health
  • Sustainable Innovations
  • New Technologies, Materials and Systems

Presentation Formats

All presenters will be given a 20-minute solo slot accompanied by an adjacent moderated 30-minute panel discussion with other student presenters.