The AIAS Peer Mentorship Program provides an opportunity for personal development and networking between fellow architecture students here at the U of M. The goal is simple- create a easy and casual opportunity to connect with students outside of your year, classes, or "bubble." In addition to having resources to ask questions about the major, classes, and other aspects of school we also encourage collaboration on school work or just common interests in the field.
Freshman + B.D.A. + B.S.
This program matches a small group of freshman in the pre-architecture program with a student from each of the architecture degree options, the B.S. and B.D.A. tracks. In addition to providing an opportunity to get advice on surviving your first year, mentors can also offer guidance on making the decision to continue on in architecture and choosing between the two degree options.
Mentors/Mentees are encouraged to meet as a small group about once per month or more if wanted.
The AIAS Project Tours provides students of the school the opportunity to get to know our local firms in a new way. Unlike firm tours, this event allows for a more in depth analysis of the firm themselves, learning about them through the work they’ve physically done to affect the greater Twin Cities area. Students will have a chance to converse with the designers themselves, having VIP access into the building and learn anything from the tribulations on the project to the design decisions made by the lead architects.
The "Fireside Chats" is our fall lecture series focusing on getting to know our adjunct professors. We want to sit around a fire (on a TV) and talk about life, hobbies, helpful advice, etc. to learn more about the people we spend 12+ hours a week with. A more intimate approach to a lecture series promotes community within our school. Healthy dinners are provided for paying AIAS members.
*All chats are held in the courtyard
NOMAS - UMINN
The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students is a group that is aligned with the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). The group welcomes all who want to help fight the social dilemmas that face our nation, particularly as they affect the architecture profession. NOMAS-UMinn members give voice to the un-empowered, marginalized and disenfranchised, and you can find out more about NOMA's mission on their website: noma.net . Additionally, our chapter at the University of Minnesota has goals that pertain to issues in the greater Twin Cities area, and has been broken down into four subject areas of focus:
Advocacy- Igniting conversations on inequality in the context of architecture
Education- Making ourselves more aware of inequalities, critical discourse analysis, and providing resources and a place for students to educate themselves on the related topics
Community- Making a safe space/support system for students, intellectually and emotionally.
Opportunity- Create opportunities for NOMAS members to be involved in the professional and Twin Cities community.
POST STUDIO SOCIAL HOURS
Come hang out! Join AIAS and friends for some drinks and a chat (or just a chat if you're underage) at a few of our local breweries. This is an excellent opportunity to network with your fellow architecture students.