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.


  • 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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