Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wondering when one of those so called "amazing AIAS trips" is going to happen?

Good. I bring forth great news.

South Quad 2009 is coming October 22nd - 24th, held in Savannah, Georgia, and hosted by SCAD.

Theme: Making and Breaking the Grid.

What is South Quad? Awesome. That's what.

But for you "details" people I will elaborate.

South Quad is an annual AIAS event, each hosted by a different architecture/design college, that brings together architecture students to focus on local, regional and national issues involving architecture and design. Its a chance to connect with other students from different cities and regions and also lets you discover a city that perhaps you've never visited before.

These quad conferences also introduce you to quite a few familiar and unfamiliar faces of the professional world.;

SCAD has invited Daniel Snyder, a local Savannah architect, at Ted Landsmark, President of Boston Architectural College, at; and Michael Rotundi, principal at RoTo Architects and founding partner of Morphosis, at

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity you don't want to miss!

There will also be social events, a design charrette competition, various service projects, Historic District and SCAD Walking Tours, Firm Crawl (including Cowart Coleman Group and Dalu Design Group), Ghost Tour, and plenty of free time to do what you wish.

We will be staying at SpringHill Suites by Marriott located in Historic District/Downtown. $129 per night. AIAS will be working to help fund this cost.

Registration is now open at for October 22-24.
AIAS members: $45.00
Non-members: $55.00

Friday studio will be missed but absence should be excused (check with your professors).

Again, this is a fantastic opportunity for architecture students both academically and socially. You don't have to be a member of AIAS to go but it would give you a sweet discount. *hint* *nudge* *wink*.

So if you have any questions you can visit or ask any AIAS officer for information.

Come to this week's AIAS meeting on Friday, October 2, 5:45 in the gallery downstairs.

Hope to see you all there!



Monday, September 14, 2009

You Know You Want To...

Breaking news: it appears that a large majority of SoA students are indecisive about becoming a 2009-2010 member of the AIAS! Why? We asked the same question....

"I don't know what the AIAS is about" - said an anonymous first year who allegedly did not attend the first informative AIAS meeting of the year. 

"It seems like a lot of money to not know what I'm paying for." - said one SoA student on a budget. 

Just two of the many concerns among the busy SoA population, we know a lot of students have reason to be unsure. But we are here to ease your worries. 

Why should you join the AIAS? It's simple. "It's not what you know, it's who you know. But really it's who knows you." said a speaker from 2009 Grassroots. 

In our competitive profession, connections with anyone and everyone is extremely vital. You never know if the next architect you hear speak, student you befriend, or mentor you work with might lead to a job opportunity or career changing experience. It's important for you to participate and interact with your peers in studio, but its extremely beneficial to interact with the professional realm as early as you can. AIAS provides these opportunities. 

But this isn't all AIAS is about. It's a community within a community. We participate in recreational events like Kickball, fun competitions such as the cardboard boat race, t-shirt design, or the national cardboard chair design, and amazing forums including this year's South Quad in Savannah, Georgia and Winter Forum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

"I belong to the AIAS because of the unforgettable trips we take. I met so many amazing students from other architecture schools."

"I belong to the AIAS because I'll get to join the AIA for one free year when I graduate." 

"I belong to the AIAS because of the voice it has in our profession. It's incredible how influential it is."

Those are just a few reasons that some members have joined and continue to be apart of this organization. The AIAS is so much more than any sort of student government organization, its a movement that is molding our generation of architects with our own voices. 

We guarantee that if you join, participate, and take advantage of the opportunities provided, that AIAS will become an organization that is just as significant as your architectural education. 

So let's make sure that this year is one of the best years for AIAS. 

If you have any questions find an officer near you! Remember, membership forms are due September 25th, 2009 and are to be turned in to any officer (must be turned in with check). 

Post Scriptum: Kickball tournament is coming soon. We'll keep you posted on the official date so check the site!


Cherish Rosas