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AIA Research: Opportunities

AIA Arthur N. Tuttle Jr. Graduate Fellowship in Health Facility Planning and Design

This fellowship was created to fulfill three goals:

    • to increase architecture students’ awareness of the special needs and nature of health facilities;

    • to attract talented young students to this field; and,

    • to advance the knowledge of planning and design of healthcare environments.

AIA/COTE Research Fellowship

Since 2008, the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and the AIA Committee on the Environment proudly partnered to offer the AIA/COTE Research Fellowship.  This program asks one selected student to conduct research and studies on a particular topic related to sustainable design – both at the building and community scale. The Fellow will have the opportunity to spend their summer doing comprehensive professional research on their topic as well as have their completed work published to the AIA and AIAS Web sites. Additionally, the Fellow is funded for their research and work in full equivalent to a summer architectural internship.

AIA Innovation and Practice in House Design - Research Grant

The AIA Small Project Practitioners (SPP) and Housing Knowledge Community (HKC) are proud to offer the 2014 AIA Innovation and Practice in Housing Design Research Grant. This grant has funded one emerging professional to conduct research on residential design practice in small architectural firms or a topic of direct applicability to these firms.  The 2014 research grantee is Alison Steele. The main objective of the proposed research is a comprehensive investigation into the design and development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), with an emphasis on lowering the cost of construction. This research will provide a resource for other ADU designers across the country and will also assist the Austin Community Design and Development Center (ACDDC) in developing an innovative delivery system for their latest ADU design, AF2.0, as part of Austin’s Alley Flat Initiative.

The Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation Research Grants

As a partner of the AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Health, the mission of the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation (AAHF) is to enhance the knowledge and effectiveness of those who create healthcare environments through the funding of critical educational and research activities. The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAHF) awards annual research grants each fall and supports research to enhance environments for health and healthcare.

The Delano and Aldrich/Emerson Fellowship

Since 1930, the American Institute of Architects has awarded a fellowship for travel and study in the United States to a French architect. The architect is selected by members of the French Academy of Architecture and is welcomed and assisted in the United States by a three-member committee of AIA member architects in New York. The fellowship is supported by the interest income of an endowment fund established for this sole purpose.

Latrobe Prize

This $100,000 grant, named for architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, is awarded biennially by the AIA College of Fellows for research leading to significant advances in the architecture profession. The research theme for 2015 is Architectural Resiliency. 2015 Latrobe Prize applications were due October 1, 2014.

Research for Practice Research Program (RFP)

The RFP program aims to better understand and document the current research activity in advanced professional education. This grant program provides funds for research projects. The recipients are selected by a national panel of design professionals and academics. The Report on University Research series began in 2004 with the first call to universities from the AIA Board Knowledge Committee to gather, highlight, and distribute reports on research that advances professional knowledge and practice. These reports highlight some of the best new research by scholars, practicing architects, and allied professionals collaborating on new basic and applied science.

Upjohn Research Initiative

Named for the AIA’s first president, Richard Upjohn, these grants provide matching funds of up to $30,000 for applied research projects that advance the value of design and professional practice knowledge. The AIA Board Knowledge Committee and the AIA College of Fellows oversee the awarding of these grants. The 2015 Call for Submissions is online (PDF) and the deadline is September 1, 2015.


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