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An Update on the Crowdfunding Initiative Webinar

By Shervan Sebastian, Manager, Federal Relations

On January 31, the AIA is hosting an informative panel titled “The Crowdfunding Initiative” to help members understand how Crowdfunding can be used to support a wide variety of projects, including architectural.

Crowdfunding, the financing of community-financed projects through an online fundraising portal, has supported a variety of designs already and we want our members to understand how.

Taking place at noon, the panel will include Ben Miller and Daniel Miller, the founders of Fundrise, an investment platform which select developers can use to raise money from their networks.

Our third panelist will be Tobias Holler, AIA, LEED AP, Assistant Professor at the New York Institute of Technology and founder of HOLLER architecture, a Brooklyn, New York based firm, one of seven selected for AIA New Practices New York 2012, an award recognizing and promoting innovative and emerging architecture firms within New York City.

The presentation will cover the specific crowdfunding supported architectural projects that the panelists have developed thus far, including a planned unit development in the H St. NE corridor in Washington, D.C. and the Nosara Recycling Center currently under construction in Nosara, Costa Rica.

Our panel will also discuss:

    • What exactly is Crowdfunding?

    • How does it apply to architecture projects?

    • What kinds of projects has it been used to develop?

    • How can you utilize Crowdfunding?

Although the webinar is fully subscribed, the presentation will be recorded to share with members who will be unable to attend. There will also be the publication of an informative white paper titled “Crowdfunding Architecture” that will be released the same day as the presentation and will also be available to all members. Those who are unable to view the presentation live can also follow along via AIA Advocacy on Twitter.

The AIA has received considerable interest in this presentation and will continue to share information on the topic through our Facebook page and our Twitter handle.

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