About the NAC

Since 2000, the National Associates Committee has been dedicated to representing and advocating for Associates, both mainstream and non-traditional, in the national, regional, state, and local components of the AIA. By promoting excellence, providing information and leadership, fostering inclusiveness and encouraging individual, community and professional development, the NAC strives to integrate the growing Associates community of the profession into a strong voice within the American Institute of Architects.



Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship

The National Associates Committee developed the Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship in honor and memory of their late friend and colleague, Jason Pettigrew. The scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of interns at early stages in their careers and encourages them to complete the licensure process by defraying costs associated with the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected ten recipients to receive the 2013 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship http://www.aia.org/press/releases/AIAB099641. The recipients will receive compensation for the entire cost of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and a full set of study guides provided by Kaplan Architecture Education. 

The AIA Center for Emerging Professionals will start accepting applications for 2014 in early April. Learn more at www.aia.org/pettigrew.



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The architectural design journal, Forward, is produced by the National Associates Committee to provide a voice for Associate AIA members within the Institute. The Forward publications staff strives to inform the members about provocative issues facing the profession of architecture today. Contact the Forward Director.

Forward welcomes the submission of essays, projects, and articles. View Submission Guidelines (PDF). The deadline for submissions for the fall 2013 issue of Forward is Friday, June 14, 2013.


Forward 212: Identity
Forward 112: Process
Forward 211: Adaptation
Forward 111: Landscape
Forward 110: Architecture and the Body
Forward 209: Ornament
Forward 109: Light and Shadow

Thanks to valuable input from Associate Members the editorial team has created a brand new image for AssociateNews. The bi-monthly publication, produced by the National Associates Committee, represents a new forum in which to participate and contribute your views on topics and subjects related to the design practice. The editorial staff, with help from member contributions, strives to inform and connect with Associates about pertinent issues and challenges facing our members today. Please email nac@aia.org with any questions regarding the new AssociateNews.


Produced monthly by the National Associates Committee this publication serves as a regular conduit of information throughout the Associate leader network. Content varies, but is regularly used to highlight issues and topics pertinent to Associate members, and provide news and announcements from AIA National, Associate member accomplishments, and Emerging Professional events from all 18 Regions. To provide content contact you Regional Associate Director.

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