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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.

September Update - Energy Hearing on Sept. 20 at 9 am!

  • 1.  September Update - Energy Hearing on Sept. 20 at 9 am!

    Posted 09-19-2019 17:03

    Happy September!   

    Don't miss the House Energy Commerce Committee Hearing tomorrow morning-- 

    Friday, September 20, 9 am, Carl Elefante, FAIA, will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's hearings on BUILDING A 100 PERCENT CLEAN ECONOMY: SOLUTIONS FOR THE U.S. BUILDING SECTOR" on behalf of the American Institute of Architects. You can view it here:

    LAST CALL for Submissions of Projects and Research for Intersections at A'20!

    Deadline is September 25, 2019Intersections Symposium: Climate Action - 2020 in Los Angeles. Complete information available at:

    The symposium will explore Design for Climate Action from multiple, intertwined perspectives. In support of the recent AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Actionwe encourage submissions of research and projects that explore intersections between the following questions and that address climate change across scales-from building, to community, to the planet.

    • How are specific issues of climate justice and environmental equity being identified, prioritized and addressed through design, architectural research, education, practice and advocacy?
    • What innovative economic models and practices might transform decision-making and hasten the decarbonization of the built environment?
    • How can the imperative for Climate Action be translated and scaled from the production of relatively few, singular works of sustainable architecture to evidence-based processes for achieving climate goals across virtually all buildings, landscapes and infrastructure?
    • What new theories, research, tools, technologies, processes, and collaborations are needed to educate and support architects in designing and implementing effective interventions?
    • How can architects help foster and realize community-based visions of equitable development and climate responsive design?


    AmeriCorps Grants – disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Deadline is January 8, 2020.  In 2019, approximately $250 million was awarded. Open to all non-profits, educational institutions, and local government.

    Graham Foundation – Funding for  "…projects that investigate the contemporary condition, expand historical perspectives, or explore the future of architecture and the designed environment." 

    • Carter Manny Award: November 15, 2019
    • Grants to Organizations: February 25, 2020


    Submit by Nov. 15 for Design for Seniors Fellowship – Graduate students and young professionals enrolled in program of study may apply. Details here:


    Things to Check Out…  

    Rockefeller Foundation is launching an Open Call for Next Generation of Social Innovators. Check it out here, plus other information on Opportunity Zones and more.

    National Endowment for the Arts offers some grants and information on initiatives in Design and Creative Placemaking. Be sure to check it out here:

    Department of Energy – Oak Ridge National Lab offers JUMP  into STEM Challenges launched on August 12.  JUMP (Join the discussion, Unveil innovation, Make connections, Promote tech-to-market) into STEM is an online building science competition for undergraduate and graduate students at U.S. colleges and universities. The following Webinars have been scheduled. You can register for these Webinars at

    •  September 23, 1-2 pm ET: Bethany Sparn, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, "Smart Sensors and Controls for Residential Buildings"
    • September 30, 1-2 pm ET: Carol Marriott, ClimateCraft, "Designing a Healthier and Energy-Efficient Air Distribution System"
    • October 7, 1-2 pm ET: Jim Leverette, Southern Company, "Smart Sensors and Controls for Residential Buildings"
    • October 8, 3-4 pm ET: Grant Wheeler, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, "Designing a Healthier and Energy-Efficient Air Distribution System"
    • October 9, 3-4 pm ET: Michael Kane, Northeastern University, "Smart Sensors and Controls for Residential Buildings"
    • October 14, 1-2 pm ET: Jeff Munk, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, "Designing a Healthier and Energy-Efficient Air Distribution System"
    • October 15, 3-4 pm ET: Andre Desjarlais, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, "Pushing the Envelope with Wall Retrofit Designs"

     Develop your creative idea for energy efficient building solutions by November 15 and compete for paid summer 2020 internships at ORNL or NREL. Ideas must be submitted by teams of 2-5 people with at least two different majors.

    See you next month! 

    Dr. Nissa Dahlin-Brown, Assoc. AIA
    Director, Higher Education
    The American Institute of Architects
    Washington, DC
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