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AIA’s focus on Academic Engagement is embedded within the Center for Emerging Professionals.  We work to harness the power of education and engagement to advance our mission to improve the nation’s quality of life through design. The AIA Academic Engagement team serves as a liaison between higher education and practice, working with college faculty and administrators, practitioners, and collateral organizations to support and promote research and prepare future architects. We also pool our resources with AIAS, ACSA, NCARB, and others to provide scholarships, educational programming, research opportunities and more.


  • Higher Education Advisory Group - Call for volunteers!

    We are looking for full or part-time faculty to serve as volunteers for the AIA Higher Education Advisory Group. Applicants must be from NAAB accredited US schools of architecture and will offer advice, expertise, and updates on issues in architecture higher education to the AIA Academic Engagement staff and other Institute staff as appropriate.  The members will be selected from the six  ACSA regions and serve two year terms (January-December). AIA members are preferred, but not required. A short application is required by Feb. 1, 2018 and an application form is included below. Any questions, please contact nissadahlinbrown@aia.org or call 202-626-7449.

    Please read the following for more Information on the mission and responsibilities of the HEAG.

    Mission: To advise, share, and promote the issues, needs, trends, and aspirations of architectural education to continuously improve and inform the future of architecture, education, and development of future architects. 

    The 12 members of the Higher Education Advisory Group (HEAG) offer advice, expertise, and updates on issues in architecture higher education to the AIA Academic Engagement staff and other Institute staff as appropriate. The members are selected from the six US ACSA regions and serve two year terms (January-December). AIA members are preferred, but not required. 

    Application process
    Volunteers will be selected from an application process directed by AIA staff and in consultation with current members. The application process will typically occur in November-December of each year, for terms running the calendar year. In 2018, applications will be promoted in January 2018 and members selected in February. Current members and AIA staff will solicit applications for all vacant positions. A Selection Committee of three members, plus an AIA staff observer, will review applications and select new members.

    To provide continuity, six committee members will be selected annually. Ideally, one person from each region will be appointed annually. In 2018, two previous terms will be extended, resulting in eight advisory group members. In 2019, all 12 members should be selected and on-cycle.

    ACSA Regions
    Northeast (NY, VT, RI, CT, ME, MA, NJ)
    Mid Atlantic (PA, DC, MD, VA, NC, SC, GA)
    Gulf (FL, AL, MS, LA, AR, PR)
    East Central (TN, KY, OH, IL, IN, WI, MI)
    West Central (MO, MN, IA, TX, OK, KS, ND, SD, NE)
    West (CA, WA, OR, ID, MT, CO, NM, AZ, UT, NV, HI)

    Meeting attendance
    All committee members are expected to attend all in-person meetings and conference calls. If a committee member misses three consecutive meetings or calls, the advisory group may recommend terminating the committee member’s position. Termination/resignation is at the discretion of the advisory group in consultation with staff.

    Members’ responsibilities
    Members shall uphold the standards of professionalism and responsibilities expected of a professional member and contribute to the advancement of the AIA and the profession of architecture. Members do not act on behalf of the AIA and are not legal representatives of the AIA. Actions of members shall not be contrary to official AIA policies and procedures. Members do not have authority over any AIA staff member, operational policy, or procedure.
  • Announcing the 2018 Leicester B. Holland Prize: A Single-Sheet Measured Drawing Competition

    The Leicester B. Holland Prize is an annual competition that recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of an historic building, site, or structure prepared by an individual(s) to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). The prize is supported by the Paul Rudolph Trust, the American Institute of Architects, and the Center for Architecture, Design, and Engineering at the Library of Congress, and is administered by the Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service (HABS/HAER/HALS). The prize honors Leicester B. Holland (1882-1952), FAIA, chairman of the AIA's Committee on Historic Buildings, head of the Fine Arts Division of the Library of Congress, first curator of the HABS collection, co-founder of the HABS program in the 1930s, and the first chair of the HABS Advisory Board.
  • AIA AE Listening Session at ACSA Administrators Conference - Nov. 3

    If you are attending ACSA Conference in Albuquerque this week (Nov.2-4, 2017), please stop by the AIA table in the Coffee Break/Registration area. I will be hosting an AIA Academic Engagement Listening Session on Friday, 3:30 - 4 pm during the coffee break.
  • Interested in Helping Emerging Professionals?

    The AIA is looking for subject matter experts to help with the development of a confidential new product. The primary goal of the product is to assist emerging professionals with career development by evaluating the barriers of entry to attaining licensure. We're looking for knowledgeable members to help develop evaluative content that will serve as the basis for the new product. You will work in conjunction with an Instructional Designer to develop the content and it should take about 15-20 hours over a few weeks.

    If you're interested, please email Jonathan Tolbert, Assoc. AIA, Manager in the Center for Emerging Professionals at emergingprofessionals@aia.org. We look forward to working with you!
  • Complexity: Dutch & American Housing Symposium

    Julia W Robinson, PhD, FAIA, Professor, School of Architecture, University of Minnesota shared an upcoming symposium "Complexity: Dutch and American Housing." The event runs Friday October 6 - Sunday October 8, 2017 and will explore the similarities and differences between the way housing is designed, developed, and constructed in the Netherlands and in the United States, as a way to create new practices. The dialogue is inspired by complex housing, a special form of housing developed in Northern Europe.

     Extending from the book Complex Housing: Designing for Density, (Routledge, forthcoming 2017) and accompanying the exhibition Dutch Complex Housing (September 2 - Jan 28, 2017- (available to travel March 2018 z.umn.edu/DCHExhibition, the symposium brings 12-13 presenters from the Netherlands, including architects, developers, residents, urban planners, and politicians to engage in discussions about best housing practices.

    The conference will address such questions as how to build equitable housing that: 1) incorporates mixed-income households, 2) includes rental and purchase opportunities, 3) is financed in new ways, and 4) is architecturally innovative and diverse?

    To learn more, visit http://z.umn.edu/complexitysymposium    

    To connect to the Facebook page please visit:www.facebook.com/ComplexitySymposiumOct2017/
  • Applications Open for AIA-ACSA Design & Health Research Consortium

    AIA has opened this year’s call for Consortium partners. The website is here: https://www.aia.org/pages/147041-join-network-of-university-health--well-bei. Applying teams must include a health partner and an ACSA faculty member. Any questions, contact Matthew Welker, Assoc. AIA, Sr. Manager, Strategic Alliances & Initiatives,  T (202) 626 7531

  • Survey Extended to Wednesday, September 6!

    Thanks to all who have responded to our survey. We have more than 245 responses, but we want more!  Please share with your colleagues and take 5-10 min. to share your thoughts.
    Click the link to take the survey. If you have any difficulties, please notify Nissa Dahlin-Brown at nissadahlinbrown@aia.org.  Thank you!
  • Architecture Faculty & Staff Survey - 2017

    Architecture Faculty & Staff Survey
    Please take 5-10 minutes to answer the following survey from AIA Academic Engagement. As you will see the information is for internal use to help strategize and strengthen their work with architecture schools across the US. Please take a moment now before the fall semester starts and provide your input to help all of us better support those of you preparing our future architects. The survey will close on August 28 in order to inform AIA’s planning, so please share your thoughts today! 
    Copy and paste this link https://goo.gl/forms/diwL5A1omoyDc8Vn1 to take the survey. If you have any difficulties, please notify Nissa Dahlin-Brown at nissadahlinbrown@aia.org.  Thank you!

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