AIA supports the education of the next generation of architects through our Higher Education department within Workforce and Diversity. The AIA Higher Education team serves as a liaison between higher education and practice, working with college faculty, staff and students; practitioners; and collateral organizations to support excellence in education and research and prepare future architects. We also pool our resources with AIAS, ACSA, NCARB, NAAB, and others to provide scholarships, educational programming, research, resources, and more.
Exhibit at the OctagonNext time you are in DC, be sure to stop by the Octagon, former home of President James and Dolly Madison and later the AIA headquarters. Today the Architecture Foundation runs the Octagon and supports many scholarships and awards. On Oct. 30, we hosted a reception for a new exhibit of photography of Morris Brown College, titled "Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color" and invited two architecture students, Jiliane Leroy, Howard Univ. and Ashley Myers, Univ. of the District of Columbia to share their stories about attending a historically black college and the unique atmosphere of "family" that exists on campus. Check out the AF website and their many funding opportunities today.
Education and cultural exchange between US and Italy. The 2020 Fellowship program lies at the heart of the Civita Institute's mission to inspire and promote design excellence through education and cultural exchange between the United States and Italy. Each year the Institute awards fellowships for proposed projects in the Italian hill town of Civita di Bagnoregio. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RJWF), will start accepting applications for Cohort 5 beginning Jan. 10, 2020. The program is a three-year research leadership program focused on forwarding RWJF's Culture of Health. The applications are team-oriented, requiring two research partners and one community partner. Fifteen teams are accepted into the program each year. In Cohort 4, two teams have representatives from the built environment.Velux - Great comments on the need for manufacturers to collaborate with researchers and legislators to solve climate challenges through building products, innovation, etc. Take a listen, but particularly from around 5 minutes here. AwardsThe COTE® Top Ten Awards is the industry's best-known award program for sustainable design excellence. Each year, ten innovative projects are recognized for their integration of design excellence with environmental performance. SUBMISSIONS Close Jan. 15, 2020. Tools
Understand and calculate metrics associated with the Framework for Design Excellence in order to analyze and improve your project. Download the spreadsheet
COTE Toolkit - The COTE Top Ten Toolkit is a resource, accessible to all architects, that closes the information gap to designing high performing, equitable, beautiful buildings. The Toolkit is designed to provide relevant, general guidance to architects incorporating deep green principles from the beginning of every project. The Toolkit provides focus topics, high impact strategies, resources, and more for each of its 10 measures. Each year, the COTE Top Ten Awards are ranked and chosen based on their performance in these 10 measures. A COTE Super Spreadsheet is also available to help calculate and understand the metrics that make up the Top Ten Framework, to analyze your projects, or learn more about performance metrics.