Grassroots 2018 Takeaway

by: JOHN FLOREZ, ASSOCIATE AIA I never realized the craving I had for leadership and service. All through school I tended to stray away from any “extra” effort to socialize or attend events that placed me in a room filled with unknown faces. I attribute this early mindset to being an introvert at the core.... Continue Reading →


Diving into the ARE 5.0

by: ARIK LUBKIN, ASSOCIATE AIA This past February I plunged head first into the ARE 5, taking (and passing!) all six exams over the course of four weeks. It was a grueling gauntlet that seems like a dream now. I still check my NCARB report every other week to make sure that it really happened.... Continue Reading →

SPEAK UP! 2017 – Denver, Colorado

by: RUBEN CONTRERAS II, ASSOCIATE AIA Having never experienced an AIA conference before, and having little to no prior knowledge of the Architect’s role in advocacy, I was both overwhelmed by the amount of information crammed into two days and pleasantly surprised by how interactive and personable the whole experience was. I was most definitely one... Continue Reading →

#A17Con Recap + the AIA

Over the course of my 5-ish years as an AIA Associate member, I have become a sort of conference junkie. Honestly, that probably started in AIAS. Forum is amazing. If you're still in school and haven't been, I highly encourage it. How many times in my life will I get to ring in the New... Continue Reading →

Grassroots 2017 Takeaway

by: LUCA MARINO-BAKER, ASSOCIATE AIA As my first Grassroots experience I wasn't sure what I was getting into.  I had been to design conferences before, but never had experience with advocacy.   Architecture as a field is extremely collaborative, yet many of us (myself included) tend to get wrapped up in our own work and are missing... Continue Reading →

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