AIA, AIAS Urges Congress to Support National Design Services Act

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The American Institute of Architects () and the American Institute of Architecture Students () have committed themselves to pushing a bill that would provide U.S. architecture graduates student loan relief in exchange for community service, an offer already granted to lawyers and doctors. The bipartisan legislation, known as the National Design Services Act (NDSA), was introduced today in an effort to free young professionals from the crushing cost of education (architecture being one of the disciplines with the highest loan balances) and aspire them to contribute their design service to the betterment of their communities. Learn more, here, and sign the petition in support of NDSA

Pro Bono Work in Exchange for Loan Relief?

Just as NPR reported yesterday that the Nation’s student loan debt has exceeded one trillion dollars, the American Institute of Architects () and the American Institute of Architecture Students () called for Congress to pass legislation that will allow architecture school graduates loan debt assistance through pro bono work. This news comes as both President Obama this past weekend and likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney yesterday urged Congress to head off a scheduled increase in student loan interest rates this July.

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AIAS FORUM 2011 To Be Held In Sunny Phoenix Arizona

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The annual AIAS FORUM meeting for 2011 will take a break from the snow of the past two years (2009 Minnesota, 2010 Toronto) and be held in sunny downtown , Arizona. FORUM is the annual meeting of the AIAS and the premier global gathering of architecture and design . The conference provides with the opportunity to learn about important issues facing architectural education and the profession, to meet , educators, and professionals with common interests, and to interact with some of today’s leading architects through keynote addresses, tours, workshops and seminars, last years FORUM was attended by over 1,000 young and ambitious architecture and AIAS members. This years Keynote Speakers will be Jeffrey Inaba, founder of C-Lab and former project manager with Rem Koolhaas and OMA, Brad Lancaster, author of www.harvestingrainwater.com, and University of Californa, San Diego architect and professor Teddy Cruz.

Internship Fair at Auburn University’s Architecture School

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Auburn University’s chapter of American Institute of Architecture StudentsA invites you to join them for their annual Internship Fair on March 5th – 6th, 2012. The event allows professional firms the opportunity to meet and interview students of Auburn University and the students are eager to initiate and continue the relationship between participating firms and the students.

The Internship Fair will be held at Auburn University’s Student Center in Auburn, . In addition to architecture students, students studying landscape architecture, interior architecture, community planning, graphic design and industrial design will be available for interviews. For this reason, multi-disciplined firms are strongly encouraged to review the resumes of the Auburn students pursuing degrees within the allied arts that will be in attendance. For registration and more information, please visit here.

‘Architecture in the Networked City’ AIAS 2011 Spring West Quad Conference

The AIAS 2011 West Quad Conference ‘Architecture in the Networked City’ raises the question of how a new generation of architects, planners, and designers can explore networked possibilities for the urban environment. Hosted by the New School of Design April 14th-17th, the conference’s three key note speakers include, Chris Genik Dean of NSAD and principle and co-founder of Daly Genik, Miles Kemp founder and president of Variate Labs, and Geoff Manaugh author of BLDGBLOG.