National Events


December 29 – January 1

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! aias.org/pnw


July 18-21, 2019

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. grassroots.aias.org

Regional Events

THRIVE: A Career Prep Program

November 3, 2018 in New Orleans
February 23, 2019 in Portland, OR

THRIVE is a four-part series of educational sessions 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. aias.org/thrive

CRIT Live Research Symposiums

November 3, 2018 at Lawrence Tech
March 30, 2019 at Carnegie Mellon

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. aias.org/critlive

International Conference

March 5-9, 2019*

In 2018, the American University in Dubai hosted the first international conference of the American Institute of Architecture Students. The 2nd Annual International Conference will be held in Beirut, Lebanon. International Conference

*This event will be held Tuesday-Saturday

Quad Conferences

March-April 2019

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. Quad Conferences




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