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.


  • Intersections Symposium: Bottom Up Social Change at A'19!

    Learn how architects and communities are working together to improve quality of life for everyone!  Check out the Album on the right for more information on the Intersections Symposium and Student events. Plus, we noted some research-focused sessions at A'19 to check out.  
  • 2019 Henry Adams Medal Submission Portal is OPEN!

    As of April 29, 87 schools have submitted their Henry Adams Medalists --- 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!


Upcoming Events

  • Webinar: The Importance of Photography

    Monday, June 17, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
    Webinar: The Importance of Photography Draw on industry experience, techniques, equipment and ideas. Explore topics such as composition, staging, lighting and editing. Learn how to communicate your voice through images, problem solve and effectively make snap decisions to improve your photography.   Learning Objectives:      Take better photos using simple fundamentals Turn your passion into a finished body of work Discuss core photography concepts and get introduced to the gear you need to make great photographs Explore ways to think critically about your photos and analyze what is and isn’t working Take your skills to the next level Selfies are NOT included in this class! Speaker: Victor A. Mirontschuk, FAIA EDI International Victor A. Mirontschuk is a NYC based architect with 40+ years of experience in architecture and photography. As the founder of the architectural firm EDI International (1976), Victor provided many of the photos documenting the company's designs. His photography is seen in many architectural trade magazines and professional venues. He is a prolific participant in both National Geographic’s Your Shot and USA Today’s Your Take , where his photos have been published online many times. #Webinars

  • Modernizing the AIA Interiors Documents Family

    Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
    Designing and building out an interior space is a unique practice with its own risk and responsibilities, including the fact that the sale of furniture, furnishings, and equipment (FF&E) is governed by the Uniform Commercial Code. Attend a live webinar to learn how the entire family of AIA Interiors documents were updated to make them easier to understand, suitable for projects beyond commercial buildings and now allows the architect to provide a more cohesive design for a project.

  • Learning By Design Architecture Awards

    Friday, June 21, 2019
    Fall 2019 Architectural Awards A celebration of excellence in education design Submissions due: June 21, 2019 Open to all types of learning spaces Received by 50,000+ K-12, higher education and design professionals. including all members of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) and the Society for College and University Planners (SCUP). Blind juried by an AIA-CAE recommended panel of clients, architects, and academics Grand Prize, Citation of Excellence and Honorable Mention winners receive double exposure! Distributed at ED Spaces and A4LE LearningScapes Published: October 1, 2019 Learn more >

  • Webinar: Pre/Post areas of Ambulatory Surgery: A human-centered approach to design

    Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
    Pre/Post areas of Ambulatory Surgery: A human-centered approach to design Earn 1 AIA LU/HSW | Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 2–3pm ET Description The healthcare design process often involves choosing between various design alternatives to support the needs of multiple stakeholders, including patients, their care partners and clinicians. To proactively address potential safety & quality concerns during the design process, it is crucial to understand how proposed design options may support the integration of new technologies, organizational processes, and users’ tasks into the built environment. A multi-year research project, focused on designing preoperative & postoperative workspaces in ambulatory surgical environments, included in-depth case studies, the development of a macro-ergonomic assessment, and a virtual reality (VR) research study evaluating three distinct preoperative room designs to determine which room best supports nursing work performance. This presentation will cover key findings from this process, including how to leverage VR to objectively evaluate user interactions with the environment. This session will also preview how findings from this multi-year project have been utilized to design a physical mock-up of a preoperative/postoperative room that will be used to test nurse work performance through further simulations. Learning objectives After participating in this webinar attendees will be equipped to: Understand how to implement a human-centered approach to support the design of safer more ergonomic preoperative and postoperative workspaces. Learn how to leverage VR simulation evaluations to identify potential safety and quality concerns during the design process. Learn how to use scenario-based simulations in VR to objectively evaluate user interactions with the environment. Explore how to engage clinical stakeholders in the design process.   Ideal audience This session is part of the Health Care 101 series by the Academy of Architecture for Health. The web-based 60-minute seminars are tailored to provide budding healthcare professionals with conceptual and practical primer-level knowledge. Education level Beginner Moderator Rita Ho, LEED AP Rita has over 20 years of experience in the field of architecture and close to 15 years in healthcare projects in U.S. & Asia. Rita is currently co-chair of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health Webinar Committee. Speaker Anjali Joseph, PhD, EDAC Dr. Joseph is the Spartanburg Regional Health System Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design and Director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing at Clemson University. Dr. Anjali Joseph’s research focuses on multidisciplinary approaches to improving patient safety and quality in high stress healthcare settings through the development of tools and built environment solutions. She currently leads a multidisciplinary Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded project to develop a learning lab focused on improving patient safety in the operating room. Anjali’s work has been published in many peer-reviewed journals. She has spoken widely to national and international audiences. Deborah Wingler, PhD, MSD-HHE, EDAC Dr. Wingler is a Research Assistant Professor with the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing at Clemson University and the President of Healing Design Integration, LLC. Dr. Deborah Wingler’s research focuses on improving the patient and staff experience within the ambulatory care environment through research studies that utilize real-time data collection techniques to elicit insight into patient and staff physiological, psychological and neural responses to high stress healthcare environments. Her research interests also include bringing high-quality care to vulnerable populations and medically underserved communities within the United States and internationally.   GoToWebinar Platform Troubleshooting If you have had trouble seeing the screen during past webinars: 1) download the latest version of Java beforehand and 2) try logging out and logging back in. If you have trouble listening via computer speakers, try using the telephone call-in number. View the Presentation Files When available, you can download a copy of the presentation and the Q&A here. A PDF of the presentation will be posted prior to the live webinar, and the Q&A will be posted after the webinar. Report AIA Continuing Education Continuing Education hours are only offered during the live event, and only to AIA members. A link to a survey will be provided both at the end of the webinar and in a follow-up email sent one hour after the webinar. This survey must be completed in order to receive credit. AIA members will have their credit recorded within two weeks. PLEASE NOTE: Each AIA member or IDP record holder needs to fill out their own survey individually. The survey will close 48 hours after the conclusion of the presentation. Questions Please send your questions, comments and feedback to: knowledgecommunities@aia.org . #AcademyofArchitectureforHealth #Webinars #healthcare

  • Webinar: New Urban Agenda AIA Chapter Awards – AIA Seattle & Housing Advocacy

    Monday, July 15, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
    Webinar: New Urban Agenda AIA Chapter Awards – AIA Seattle & Housing Advocacy AIA Seattle believes that housing is a human right. Housing all citizens with dignity is a foundational responsibility of our society, and one in which architects are natural and valuable partners. As Seattle grows and housing pressures mount, the urgency of solving our housing crisis increases. AIA Seattle has developed a multi-pronged approach to housing advocacy across multiple platforms that includes member engagement, legislative and policy work, and public outreach. This webinar will explore how AIA Seattle has worked to identify the policies where architects can make the most impact and how the chapter has built a cohesive campaign around housing policy changes. Learning Objectives: Attendees will learn how to identify housing issues where architects can have an impact and build a cohesive campaign around impacting housing policy. Attendees will learn how to conduct a member engagement campaign around the issue of housing. Attendees will learn how to participate in the legislative and policymaking process on housing issues. Attendees will learn about ways to engage the public on housing issues Speakers: Rick Mohler, AIA Rick Mohler, AIA, NCARB, is a licensed architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington, where he teaches graduate level design studios and professional practice. In 1991, he co-founded Adams/Mohler Architects (now Mohler + Ghillino Architects), a firm engaged in residential, commercial adaptive re-use, and commercial interior design projects that has been recognized through numerous design awards and publications. Rick’s current research focuses on housing affordability at three scales – the urban parcel, the city and the region. He is a member of the Seattle Planning Commission and Seattle’s ADU working group, co-chairs the AIA Seattle Public Policy Board and was a 2015 Affiliate Fellow of the UW Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies. Kirsten Smith Kirsten Smith is the Manager of Policy and Advocacy for AIA Seattle and AIA Washington Council. In this role she manages AIA’s advocacy efforts at the state legislature and locally at the city of Seattle and other local jurisdictions. Housing is AIA Seattle’s top policy priority, including increasing affordable housing, combining density with good design, and tying housing policy to transit and climate issues. Kirsten manages numerous policy committees at AIA Seattle and AIA Washington Council, including committees specific to housing. She has worked in government affairs for 21 years and came to AIA two years ago from the private sector.   #Webinars

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