AIAS Events


CANstruction 2014
“Dory from Finding Nemo”

Canstruction® is a unique charity which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the creations go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event, all food is donated to the local Covenant House. This event is held every year in Charleston, WV where local architecture firms compete against each other and our AIAS Chapter.

Build Day: Saturday 04.05.2014 at The Charleston Civic Center 
Team Captians: John-Edward Porter and Matthew Nichols
Team: Michael Frush, Dakota Alexander, TJ Clegg, and Michelle Brown



AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference In D.C. 

For 30 years the AIAS has been preparing future leaders in architecture through our AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference. Each year the conference brings together chapter leaders, AIAS Freedom By Design program leaders, and other emerging professionals seeking insight and preparation on how to make the most of their year ahead. The leadership conference offers 3 track programs for emerging leaders and graduating students.

The tracks focus on:

Chapter Leadership:
This track teaches the students how to run and manage a chapter, hold meetings, keep members engaged, plan for the year, budget, and recruit new members. The AIAS brings some of the most successful chapter leaders to DC to help train the new chapter leaders on their secrets of success. Chapter leaders walk away with a program guide designed to act as their roadmap for the coming year.

AIAS Freedom By Design Program Orientation: 
This track focuses on gaining clients, preparing projects and the administration of the program at your chapter level to ensure success.

Professional Development: 
This track is geared towards graduating or soon to be graduating students, but everyone is welcome to attend. If you are in your last two years of school now is the time to take this conference track. The AIAS discusses, planning your career search, developing a long range strategy for your overall career development, resume and portfolio reviews, interviewing skills (with a limited number of actual interviews being held during the conference), and accessing the hidden job market.

Pictured above from Left to Right:
The AIAS boat tour, Shae Strait waiting for the conference meetings to start, John-Edward Porter, Shae Strait, and Matthew Nichols at the National Building Museum, and Shae Strait, John-Edward Porter, Matthew Nichols, and Dustin Toothman at the National AIAS Offices.