Higher Education

Promoting excellence in education for the future of architecture

Education of present and future architects is critical to AIA's vision to drive positive change through the power of design. Academic research is equally important and is a keystone linking academia and practice.

AIA Higher Education serves as a liaison between academia and practice. As a part of the Workforce team, we work to harness the power of education and engagement to advance our mission to improve the nation’s quality of life through design.  

Architecture at the University of the District of Columbia

We collaborate with college faculty, students, administrators, practitioners, and collateral organizations to support research and prepare future architects for the workforce. We also pool our resources with architectural collateral organizations ACSA, NAAB, NCARB, AIAS and others to provide scholarships, educational programming, research opportunities and more.

We encourage architecture faculty and staff to become AIA members to expand your network, increase your knowledge, and make strides in the profession. Learn more >

Our hallmark academic engagement initiatives include:

  • Intersections Symposium: In partnership with ACSA, peer-reviewed research papers are presented at the annual AIA Conference on Architecture. From this highly competitive call, research projects bridging academia, practice and industry, highlight the important discoveries occurring in our universities and practice. Around 500 attended the 2018 Intersections Symposium in NYC. Learn more >
  • School visits: Staying engaged and supporting higher education is critical to growing the design profession. Higher education staff visit NAAB accredited architecture schools around the country to learn more about the education of future architects and explore ways to assist schools through resources, scholarships and research opportunities. Request a visit - contact nissadahlinbrown@aia.orgStudent engagement: We are committed to developing the future workforce. We offer scholarships and awards, such as the Henry Adams Medal and Certificate for the top BArch, MArch, or DArch graduate. We engage directly with students on campus and through AIAS events. Additionally, we work to offer a number of programs and opportunities for students and recent graduates, such as free 18 month membership and events at AIA Conference.
  • Partners in education and research:  We co-host and sponsor educational events with architectural collateral organizations, including ACSA, AIAS, SBSE, BTES, ARCC, NOMA, NAAB, and NCARB. We encourage schools to get involved with similar organizations. Plus, we jointly sponsor research publications and awareness campaigns with TAD, JAE, and BRIK.


Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

The mission of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is to lead architectural education and research. ACSA is a nonprofit association of more than 200 member schools in several categories. Through these schools, over 5,000 architecture faculty are represented.

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American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to advancing leadership, design, and service among architecture students.

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National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

A nonprofit organization made up of the architectural licensing boards of 54 states and territories. NCARB develops and administers national programs for licensure candidates and architects to ensure they have the mobility to go wherever their career takes them.

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National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)

The NAAB develops and maintains a system of accreditation in professional architecture education that is responsive to the needs of society and allows institutions with varying resources and circumstances to evolve according to their individual needs.

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Building Technology Educators Society (BTES)

An organization of architectural educators, passionate about teaching the technology of building design and construction. The mission of the BTES is to promote and publish the best pedagogic practices, relevant research, scholarship, and other creative activity to facilitate student learning, advance innovation, and enhance the status of our disciplines in the profession at large.

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Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE)

The Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) is an association of university educators and practitioners in architecture and related disciplines who support excellence in the teaching of environmental science and building technologies.

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