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On the AIA Horizon

By Shervan Sebastian, Manager, Federal Relations

The AIA is excited to talk about two exciting projects that we’re launching this month!

‘The Crowdfunding Initiative’, a campaign to inform the architecture community of the possibilities of funding projects through community based financing and how it can apply to a broad range of developments begins with the publication of a research white paper, several articles and a ‘Crowdfunding Presentation’ taking place on January 31st at noon.

The presentation will include experts in the field of crowdfunding who will discuss the work that has been done to develop this funding method and their perspectives on the wide range of architecture projects it can be applied to in the future.

The research white paper was specifically commissioned to understand how crowdfunding can apply to architectural projects and what forays have been made into the market. It highlights several examples of where this funding tool has been put to use and what segments of crowdfunding have been most utilized.

But that’s only the beginning!

The AIA is also beginning an advocacy push for the National Design Services Act (NDSA), a bill that helps architecture students pay off their student loan debt through increased community involvement and encourages young architects to play a greater role in developing ideas for their regions through the amplified use of Community Design Centers.

Architecture students face some of the highest student loan balances of any profession and finding ways to help future innovators increase civic contributions, design for the future of their community and receiving student loan aid along the way would be a great step in helping the profession move forward and this bill attempts to accomplish exactly that.

You can find more information about both of these topics on the Young Architect Resources page, and look out for an exciting opportunity to learn more later this month.

These are just two of the many things the AIA has planned for 2013. Join the discussion with your fellow members on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date. We look forward to your participation, as there is much more to come.

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