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Indy’s Insights: Chronicling an Internship with AIA Advocacy

A little bit of everything!

The rest of May…and first week of June!

The last couple of weeks have been extremely busy for the team, especially with Convention coming up! That is why I have been missing out on updating Indy’s Insights, but I am more than happy to catch everyone up this week!

The last couple of weeks I got to work with the Public Policy, Resilient Communities, and Federal Relations teams. All three teams are working on diverse projects which have been equally interesting. While working with the Public Policy team I had the opportunity to work with Payton on researching ‘out of the box’ ideas on adaptive reuse. One project I highly recommend looking at is Rackspace HQ, where they did an amazing job of repurposing an old shopping mall.

Throughout the last couple of weeks I have also been working with Cooper Martin in Resilient Communities, preparing for the launch of a new design competition this week. One of the highlights was attending a tweet chat on disaster response last Tuesday about disaster response and resilient communities.

Last but not least I have been working with Shervan on student loans and the affect they are having on the field of architecture. This has recently become a very hot topic in Congress as well. Recent studies have shown architecture students are graduating with decidedly higher than average loan balances. We are developing a survey to see how this is affecting recent graduates and students and an engaging way to report the data we collect.

We are going back to updating weekly, so check back next week!

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