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AIA Historic Resources Research Scholarship

The AIA Historic Resources Committee (HRC) was proud to offer the 2013 AIA Historic Resources Research Scholarship. This program asked one selected emerging professional (defined below) to conduct gap analysis research to determine whether the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) collection, housed in the Library of Congress, is meeting the needs of today’s AIA members and to make recommendations for improving its usability and fill gaps in the collection. The goal was to ensure that the HABS collection fully served the AIA membership, in particular, approximately 6,200 members of the HRC.

This scholarship program is currently closed.




    • The Scholar spent their summer conducting comprehensive professional research on HABS Collection and conducting a survey of HRC members.

    • The Scholar had their completed work published on AIA websites.

    • The Scholar was funded for their research and worked in full equivalent to a 12 week summer architectural internship at $7,000.

Eligibility Requirements

The scholarship application is open to all emerging professionals defined as:

    • Undergraduate and graduate students in NAAB-accredited architecture programs,

    • Architectural interns active pursuing licensure, and

    Young architects (architects with 10 years or less of licensure), and

    Member of AIA or AIAS during the term of the scholarship.

If the scholar does not hold the required membership due to financial hardship, HRC may offer to cover the AIAS membership cost for this year. An explanation is required for the application.


Not applicable at this time.


Please submit one PDF to The PDF should contain the following while not exceeding 5mb in size or 15 pages in length:

    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae with complete contact information;

    • A short description of your research experience and why you would be a good candidate for this research project (not to exceed 1000 words);

    • One Letter of Recommendation;

    • A list of courses taken & other educational experience relevant to the research to be completed;

    • A small sample/portfolio specifically demonstrating your experience for this type of research.


Please submit your application as one PDF to

Past Recipient

The AIA Historic Resources Committee (HRC) selected Lauren Schuyler of Napa, California as the 2013 AIA Historic Resources Research Scholarship recipient. Lauren is a recent graduate of Drury University Springfield, MO with a Masters in Architecture and a Minor in Fine Arts and Global Studies.

She worked with HABS staff and HRC leadership to complete the following report. Download and read The Historic American Buildings Survey Report.


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