Architecture conferences are a good excuse to make an architectural pilgrimage and a great opportunity to connect with the architectural community. During conferences, keep an eye out for rare project tours where you can receive first hand knowledge from the design team. Stay tuned for upcoming conferences across the region and nation.
The AIA Central States Region annually offers the AIA CSR Leadership Award: two travel scholarships to AIA member Emerging Professionals from the Central States Region. This is an excellent opportunity for emerging professionals to experience first hand how the AIA works for the benefit of its membership. Each scholarship covers cover the expense of travel and registration to both the AIA National Convention and the AIA Central States Regional Conference.
The AIA Central States Friendly Firm Award gives AIA CSR member firms “Emerging Professional Friendly Firm” designation within our region. To be considered, the firm must be nominated by an AIA member within the region. There is no charge to be considered an “AIA CSR Emerging Professional Friendly Firm”, only your firm’s dedication to this effort. Firms are considered based on their encouragement of emerging professionals during the IDP process, their engaging of young professionals in a variety of experience types, and the financial and public support of staff for professional growth.
The AIA Central States Emerging Professionals Committee is comprised of leadership positions at the state, regional, and national levels. See position descriptions and openings for leadership opportunities.
Since 2012, The AIA Central States Region has held an annual Student Design Competition inviting teams from the 8 accredited Universities in the region to compete in a 12-hour charrette focusing on a unique design problem. This competition serves to create interaction with students and professionals, while showing off the capabilities of our strong regional architecture programs. Winning student teams are awarded prize money and the Heartland Prize, a trophy that was originally designed as part of the 2012 competition.
One of the key opportunities that Emerging Professionals have is to bridge the gap between architecture school and professional practice. The AIA Central States Emerging Professionals Committee make a commitment to university outreach as a conduit of communication and resources for students as they transition.