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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 Housing Knowledge Community and Small Project Practitioners (SPP) offered the 2012 AIA Innovation and Practice in House Design Research Grant. This grant funded research on residential design practice in small architectural firms or a topic of direct applicability to these firms. Applicants were encouraged to research emerging approaches to the professional practice of architecture. The Researcher had the opportunity to undertake comprehensive professional research on residential and housing design in practice. The recipient of the AIA Innovation and Practice in House Design Research Grant is the InHouse OutHouse Team.

The Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation Grants Program

The Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation (AAHF), in coordination with the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health, is seeking research proposals that meet the mission of the Foundation and address problems and issues related to the enhancement of knowledge and effectiveness of those who create health care environments. The AAHF is open to research proposals focusing on topics of value to the practice of health care architecture. For the 2012-2013 grants program, a priority interest is in the area of international health care planning and design. Funding up to $20,000 will be available from the Don Axon, FAIA, FACHA Memorial Fund. The RFP Guidelines and the Application Packet are online. Applications closed on October 12, 2012.

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 are 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 2013 Call for Submissions is online and the deadline was September 1, 2013.


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