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This page is updated often to share opportunities for project leads and design competitions, plus scholarships and grants for both students and design professionals.

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Competitions, Scholarships & Grants

The Heritage Documentation Programs Announce Opportunities:

Submission Deadline:  Varies

2020 Summer Employment with HABS/HAER/HALS

HDP seeks applications from qualified students for summer employment documenting historic sites structures of architectural, landscape, and technological significance throughout the county.  Duties involve on-site field work and preparation of measure and interpretive drawings and written historical reports for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection at the Library of Congress.  

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2020 Historic American Landscapes Survey Challenge

Submission Deadline:  July 31, 2020

The HALS Challenge is a HALS short format historical report competition sponsored by HALS and promoted by the American Society of Landscape Architects.  This year's theme is vanishing or lost landscapes.

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AIA Kentucky ARE Grant Program

Applications are available with a submission deadline of July 31, 2020.

AIA Kentucky is proud to announce the 2020 ARE Grant Program. This pilot program is intended to encourage eligible candidates to pursue professional licensure. All Kentucky residents--both AIA Members and non-members--actively taking the ARE are eligible.The program has the potential to issue up to eight (8) grants in the amount of up to $250 each. Grant funds may be used for either the cost of testing or for other associated costs, including study material.

Apply here.

2020 AIA New England Design Awards Now Open

The American Institute of Architects has a long tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture and the AIA. Each year one of the eight New England AIA chapters administers the annual AIANE Design Awards. The 2020 program is hosted by AIA Vermont (AIAVT).

Deadline to register: July 1, 2020

Submissions due: August 1, 2020

Find additional information here.

NEA Our Town Grants

Entry deadline: August 6, 2020

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts' creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Cost share/matching grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.

In addition to previously eligible project types, Our Town FY2021 invites creative placemaking projects and innovative partnerships that respond to evolving and emerging local community needs. These may include efforts to support artists and cultural organizations in addressing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, artist unemployment, racial inequity, and other needs that may not be clear at this specific time.

Check out the grant guidelines and participate in upcoming webinars to learn more about the application requirements.  

Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship

Application Deadline: August 14, 2020

The Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of emerging professionals at early stages in their careers and helps defray the costs associated with the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). Developed by the AIA National Associates Committee, the scholarship honors the memory of late friend and colleague, Jason Pettigrew. See Program Details

2020 AIA Upjohn Research Initiative

Submission deadline:  September 1, 2020 @ 5PM

The AIA Upjohn Research Initiative supports applied research projects that enhance the value of design and professional practice knowledge.This AIA program funds up to six research grants of $15,000–$30,000 annually for projects completed in a 6-to 18-month period. The funds must be fully matched with hard dollars, with a maximum of 10% allocated for overhead. Grant recipients’ research findings and outcomes are published online by AIA.

Learn more and submit your grant proposal here.  

Whitney M. Young Jr. Award

Submission deadline September 1, 2020

Civil rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr. challenged the profession to pursue progressive values in architecture.

This award is named in his memory and is one result of that challenge. This award distinguishes an architect or architectural organization that embodies social responsibility and actively addresses a relevant issue, such as affordable housing, inclusiveness, or universal access.

This social engagement isn’t restricted to architecture—it can be expressed in any area of the nominee’s life or work.

There is no entry fee for this program.

The submission site will open on June 2, 2020,  all applications must be completed on the submission site.  After logging in, you may view the entire submission site, and save your submission as you work to complete it.

Insurance Programs

AIA Kentucky Professional Liability Insurance Program

AIA Kentucky has a long-standing relationship with Michael Busick and Gwathmey Tyler of The Underwriter's Group in Louisville to assist our members with their professional liability insurance needs and provide ongoing education and advice in the areas of risk management, contract review and dispute resolution.


The Underwriter's Group

C. Michael Busick, S. Gwathmey Tyler III, and Patrick O'Daniel


The AIA Trust

The AIA Trust was established in 1952 by The American Institute of Architects as a separate entity. The AIA Trust is governed by a group of six AIA members and one AIA component executive who serve as Trustees, appointed by the AIA President. As fiduciaries, the Trustees are stewards of each program offered.

The Trust selects member programs in conjunction with independent consultants to meet the Institute's high standards of quality, value, financial stability, service, and coverage. The Trustees are dedicated to providing AIA members with solid, current information to help with good decisions about complex and expensive matters. The AIA Trust serves as your advocate in getting information and claims handled properly and promptly. It receives no dues dollars and is not a source of revenue for the AIA.

Visit the AIA Trust web page for additional information on programs available.

KCIT Employee Benefits Program

Kentucky Construction Industry Trust (KCIT)

AIA Kentucky is an endorsing association of the Kentucky Construction Industry Trust (KCIT). The KCIT is an association-managed employee benefit program which pools nine construction industry associations from across Kentucky for the purpose of providing employee benefits to the members of endorsing associations.

Membership in AIA Kentucky provides architects and their employees access to very competitive rates and uncompromising service for group health, life, disability and IRC Sec. 125 plans.


BB&T - Employee Benefit Services

Daryl Carlson, CFP®, ChFC

Office Phone (859) 224-8899 or (800)753-4440

Direct Phone (859) 422-3885

Cell Phone (859) 338-0081


Commonwealth Insurance Partners

Griffin Meredith, President

Office Phone (502) 631-9600

Office Fax (502) 631-9599

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