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AIA Resources and Information on Design Research

Our May 2023 monthly newsletter is focusing on Design Research. The below information highlights past and present resources and information for AIA members who are interested in Design Research.

Architectural Research

In a period of profound social, technological, and environmental shifts, the built environment must respond to the changing conditions facing communities, organizations, and individuals in ways that enhance human experience and well-being, minimize costs, maximize efficiency, optimize resources, and enhance quality of life.

The AIA is calling for:

-Increased investment through new and expanded funding, both private and public.

-Prioritize research within the architect core competencies and firm culture.

-Continue and expand dissemination of research and promote exchange of findings, as well as increase research literacy.

To find out more:

2023 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: Material Economies

(American Institute of Architects and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture)

Happening: October 19 – 21, 2023 (9:00 am -6:00 pm ET)

At this year's in-person conference, attendees will gain an increased awareness of research happening in both academia and design practice. The conference will create opportunities for new partnerships, sources of funding and collaborations. It will be a chance for both established researchers as well as those looking to enhance their research capabilities, with sessions, breakouts, workshops and networking events.

Learn more:

The Future Forward Grant

This grant supports students, emerging professionals, and early career architects in the testing of new ideas that disrupt the traditional conception of practice, process, and product in the field of architecture. The primary objective of the Future Forward Grant is to perpetuate innovation in the practice of architecture by empowering students, emerging professionals, and early career architects to do things they would not otherwise have the capital or resources to accomplish. This grant seeks to fund untested ideas and advance exploration, innovation, and disruption in the architecture profession.

This year's submission process and jury have been completed and a winner will be announced this month. 

Check out this year's Sample Application here:

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