Student Group Secures $1.1 Million for Beyond Architecture Campaign

November 3, 2008 · by DesignIntelligence

The American Institute of Architecture Students is striving to raise a of $2 million to establish an endowment to assist the organization in accomplishing membership and program goals.

One benefit of membership touted by the American Institute of Architecture Students is the opportunity for student to connect to the real world on a multitude of levels. Members can explore career opportunities, develop leadership skills, network, gain group-based experiences, participate in community involvement, and gain practical knowledge about construction, design, and building materials. AIAS programs that provide such experiences include Freedom by Design, which promotes students and architects as servants to the community; and emerging leader initiatives such as the Grassroots Leadership Conference.

To support these efforts, the AIAS launched the Beyond Architecture Campaign to raise a minimum of $2 million to establish an endowment to assist the organization in accomplishing membership and program goals for Freedom by Design and for initiatives for emerging leaders. To date, approximately $1.1 million in gifts and pledges has been received by the organization.

“My passion is great design, and I am dedicated to providing great design to people with disabilities,” said Freedom by Design Honorary Chair Michael Graves. “I am pleased to support the efforts of the AIAS and am excited about the good work offered by the Freedom by Design program. I encourage others to get involved.”

James P. Cramer, chairman and principal of The Greenway Group, serves as the volunteer campaign chairman. “The American Institute of Architecture Students is an important and meaningful organization that is working to make the architecture profession increasingly attractive to the most talented young people in America,” he said. “I believe that a strong AIAS translates into a strong profession in the future, and that is why I recommend that architects and especially firm owners support the AIAS.”

The AIAS continues to seek financial support from corporate and industry partners, architectural firms, collateral organizations, academia, philanthropic foundations, legacy and alumni of AIAS, individuals and families, and leaders in the profession. More information about the campaign, including a list of supporters, can be found on the AIAS Web site.

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