AIA’s focus on Higher Education is embedded within Workforce and Diversity.  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 Higher Education 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.


  • 2019 Henry Adams Medal Submission Portal is OPEN!

    Please submit your TOP graduating student in a BArch, MArch, or DArch programs - NAAB accredited/CACB only. The online submission form is open from February - September.  Please submit early and allow 4-6 weeks for delivery
  • Webinar on Healthier Materials Selection - Feb. 12, 2019

    The Academy of Architecture for Health is hosting a webinar - Holding Ourselves to Higher Standards: Healthier Materials Every Time on Feb. 12.  Explore how architects can commit to going beyond minimally acceptable legal standards and use only truly safe materials on every project. Register today!
  • AIA Representatives for NAAB Review Teams

    Mike Waldinger, Hon. AIA, shared this information for those educators/practitioners interested in applying to serve as an AIA nominee on architecture school accreditation visits for the National Architectural Accrediting Board. "We are currently seeking candidates for the next review cycle for a term that goes from January 2020 to January 2024. Contact Mike at mikewaldinger@aia.org or call him at 217-522-2309 extension 4 with questions or to request an AIA/NAAB nomination form. 

    The deadline for submission is March 1, 2019. The next step in the process after that is for all nominees to be reviewed by AIA leadership. The final appointment will be made by AIA President Bill Bates.
  • Architects Foundation Student Fellowships

    The AIA Architects Foundation offers the AF/John McAslan traveling fellowship will fund two students to engage with McAslan+ Partners and the World Monuments Fund in the restoration program for the Madame Gauthier Villa in Port au Prince, Haiti, as part of the U.S. State Department’s newly awarded Ambassador’s Fund. Travel will occur to New York and Port-au-Prince this summer. https://architectsfoundation.org/what-we-do/architecturescholarships/mcaslantravelfellowship/

    The a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp scholarship awards $5,000 to two students who best demonstrate strong interest in practice and risk management will each receive a $5,000 award. 

    Other opportunities also available at the link.
  • Call for Submissions to TAD

    From Carolyn Brause, AIA -  Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD Journal) invites submissions of original research from scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students to be considered for the upcoming issue, Translation, with a submission deadline of Saturday, June 15, 2019. From new design procedures, to the physical testing of materials and production techniques, to alternative construction methods and workflows, the process of advancing an architectural concept from initial idea to full material realization makes use of a broad array of strategies. For its upcoming issue, TAD seeks scholarly submissions, creative design, and primary research that investigate the means by which the design concept becomes translated into the built environment.This issue is particularly interested in practice-focused submissions and invites submissions from researchers in practice. More information at link.
  • NPS Summer Internships

    The Heritage Documentation Programs (Historic American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering Record / Historic American Landscapes Survey), a division of the National Park Service, in collaboration with the National Council for Preservation Education, seeks applications from qualified students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and architectural history, for 2019 summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape, and technological significance throughout the United States.  Duties involve on-site field work and the preparation of measured and interpretive drawings and written historical reports for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection at the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.  Projects last 12 weeks, beginning in late May or early June.  Salaries range from approximately $8,000 to $12,000 for the summer, depending upon job responsibility and level of experience.  Positions will be located at the HDP offices in Washington DC.

    The application deadline is 1 March 2019.
  • SWA offers 2019 Summer Internships in CA!

    SWA Group in Laguna Beach, CA has summer internship for students...We encourage full-time students (returning Fall 2019) of planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture to apply. Selected applicants will participate in a five-week studio in Laguna Beach, CA followed by three weeks in one of SWA’s eight offices. Summer Student Program includes stipend and housing.
    Ck it out! Deadline is March 1 to apply!
  • Congratulate the 2018 Henry Adams Medalists!

    For more than a century, the AIA has awarded the Henry Adams Medal to the top graduate at NAAB accredited professional architecture programs. Visit the link for a listing of the 2018 top graduates in accredited BArch, MArch, or DArch programs - 134 in the US and 10 in Canada.
  • Future of Urban Design Education & Practice

    Mind the Gap
    A one‐day symposium on the Future of Urban Design Education + Practice
    Friday, January 25, 2019 | AIA National Headquarters ‐ 1735 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

    The Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) at the American Institute of Architects will host a symposium to discuss the future of urban design education and urban design practice. Many of the challenges we face today as architects transcend the scale of a building. Issues of social equity, environmental degradation, resiliency, mobility and community need creative strategies and design solutions. Both the academy and the profession have a role to play in providing peer, community‐based and applied learning opportunities in the field of urban design.

    Urban design offers an opportunity for architects to both expand their practices and influence beyond the property line to the block, neighborhood, city and regional scale. How can a
    stronger bridge be built from academia to the profession? What are we teaching and why? This one‐day symposium brings together leading educators in urban design programs across the country and the firms that are implementing plans for structured conversations around the intersection of urban design teaching and practice.
  • Solar Decathlon - Deadline Nov. 6, 2018 to apply

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is excited to announce the prize amounts for the 2020 Solar Decathlon Build Challenge. Solar Decathlon Build Challenge teams work during a two-year period to design and build complete houses that incorporate state of the art energy and building design practices and technologies. DOE expects to select 12 finalist teams across the Local Build and National Showcase Divisions. All finalist teams that meet Solar Decathlon Build Challenge requirements will receive prize funds to assist in defraying their costs. Funds will be provided at various points over the two-year period pending completion of specific deliverables and requirements.

    Local Build finalist teams will compete and exhibit their homes in their local region. Qualifying Local Build teams will receive $25,000.
    National Showcase teams will compete and exhibit their solutions before panels of industry expert jurors in Washington, D.C. in July 2020, as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Qualifying National Showcase teams will receive $130,000.
    Solar Decathlon continues to push the envelope on design of the most high-performance, efficient, affordable, innovative buildings while leveraging opportunities to showcase student innovation, further STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, and foster workforce development. The 2020 Solar Decathlon offers two tracks that build on the strengths of previous DOE student competitions: (1) the Build Challenge and (2) an annual Design Challenge. Applications for both Challenges are due on November 6, 2018 by 5 PM EST. Additional details are on the Solar Decathlon website.

  • JUMP into STEM - University Student Competition - Teams & Individuals

    This is students’ opportunity to compete for Awards, including a chance for a paid summer internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory or the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

    Both Round One and Two Challenges are open for ideas, comments and voting until November 30, 2018. 

    You can learn more about the JUMP into STEM Round Two Challenge by participating in the three-part seminar series:

    Webinar 1: Round 2 Challenge Overview and an Introduction to Building Performance Fault Detection and Diagnosis with Stephen Frank, PhD, Senior Systems Engineer with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    Date:  October 17, 12 noon to 1pm ET

    Webinar 2: Designing Methods for Understanding Building Faults, Including an Examination of the Challenge Sample Data Sets with Piljae Im, PhD, a researcher with the Building Envelope & Urban Systems Research (BE&USR) Group in the Building Technologies and Research Integration Center (BTRIC) at ORNL.

    Date:  October 24, 2pm to 3pm ET

    Webinar 3: Building Owners and Manager’s Perspectives on Addressing Building Performance with Jared Parker, on-going commissioning specialist for Michigan State University.

    Date:  October 30, 2pm to 3pm ET

    For More Information
    Visit JUMP into STEM to learn more about eligibility requirements and participation rules. Learn more about Round One Challenge here. Keep checking back: the Round Three Challenge will be offered in late-October.
  • Graham Foundation Awards & Upcoming Grants

    Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines

    Carter Manny Award: November 15, 2018
    Grants to Organizations: February 25, 2019
    Grants to Individuals: September 15, 2019
  • Sept. 26 Deadline to submit abstract for Intersections @ A'19

    Submit your abstract at the ACSA link TODAY!  Deadline is Sept. 26 to submit your work to address Bottom UP Social Change at Intersections Symposium, part of the AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas, NV, June 6-8, 2019.
  • NAACP Headquarters Competition

    Check it out - webinars upcoming - deadline to sign up to compete is November 9, 2018!
  • Solar Decathlon 2019-20 Competition Guide - Better Buildings - News from Dept. of Energy

    DOE announce rules for the Solar Decathlon and upcoming events and webinars.  Check it out!
  • Arch Daily - Open Call The Best Studio Design Build Projects

    Go to link for complete details. Submissions close July 23, 2018.
  • TAD Journal - Call for Papers - URBANIZING

    Ed. Note:  The AIA is a sponsor of TAD.

    The Editorial Board of the Journal of Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD Journal) would like to share its current Call for Papers on the theme of Urbanizing, with a submission deadline of June 30, 2018.  

    Technology | Architecture + Design (tadjournal.org) is a peer-reviewed international journal of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and is published by Taylor & Francis. The TAD Journal is printed semi-annually with a hardcopy distribution to 4200+ subscribers and with digital access available through Taylor & Francis Online.


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