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.
AIA - MN AWARDS CEREMONY
Volunteer and dine while learning about Minnesota's best architecture of the year.
"The AIA Awards dinner was a great volunteering opportunity. It is an easy way, that isn't a large time commitment, to get involved with the AIA. They are so gracious to provide volunteers a seat for the awards show, along with a wonderful dinner. You get to hear architects and firms proudly speak about their projects, and maybe hear from your professors too. When I volunteered with about five other members of AIAS, we were in charge of the coat-check. Which turned out to be a blast and a pressure-free way to get to know people and make connections. If you get the chance, I highly recommend either volunteering or attending the AIA Awards dinner. "
- Brittni Faddoul
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
Matthew Byers, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Wednesday, Sept 27th @ 5:45
Jennifer Newsom-Carruthers, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA, NCARB & Tom Carruthers, AIA Wednesday, October 11 @ 5:45
Courtney Miller Bellairs Thursday, October 19 @ 4pm
Michael Bjornberg,FAIA Wednesday, November 8 @ 5:45
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.
As a part of the "Home" Initiative, the AIAS is promoting a unity of the College of Design community. From students, faculty, alumni, to the future, the design of the t-shirt allows everyone who calls Rapson Hall their second home to display that notion. The t-shirt bridges the gap between all programs, and creates a sense of pride of the community we have, as to remember where we came from, no matter where we go in life. Buy a shirt and let your peers know that you belong to a great community!
Visit this link if you would like to purchase a t-shirt!
AIA - MN CONVENTION
The AIA, or the American Institute of Architects, is the parallel organization to AIAS for professionals in architecture. The organization advocates for the value of architecture and provides research, training, and education opportunities for professionals across the United States.
On a local level, AIA Minnesota and it's branches plan and host several events each year as well as provide services for the local architecture community. The group have a strong history of supporting architecture students and working closely with AIAS-MN. They host several events each year that students have the opportunity to volunteer for or participate in. These provide great networking opportunities and give a glimpse into the professional future of our field.
FREEDOM BY DESIGN
Freedom by Design is the service branch of the AIAS. The purpose of FBD is to design solutions for clients in need. Historically, these clients have been everyone from the physically disabled to the economically or socially disadvantaged. However, chapters across the U.S. are constantly redefining the organization's scope and scale. If you would like to make a difference through design by working on real projects for real clients, please sign up to our newsletter below and attend one of our builds.
Hours logged at builds are eligible with the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and can contribute toward an architectural license. Because we are part of a certified nonprofit, all donations to Freedom by design are tax deductable. Freedom by Design is entirely volunteer based so one does not need to be a member of the AIAS to participate.
LECTURE SERIES PICK UP
AIAS members get the opportunity to pick up one of the 4 lecturers of the UMn School of Architecture lecture series- Decolonizing Design. The students take the lecturer on the lightrail from the airport to their hotel while having a meaningful conversation and showing them the city. It is a simple way to chat with an incredible designer and give them some insight into our city and school.
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.