AIA Offers ArchEx Scholarship

© 2006, The American Institute of Architects. All rights reserved.The 2011 AIA Knowledge Scholarship will fund a dedicated and knowledgeable person to attend a Knowledge Community fall conference in order to cover the event via social media, capture the content and deliver a variety of products to wider audiences during and after the conference. The Virginia Society AIA’s Architecture Exchange East is among those conferences included in the scholarship opportunity.

AIA Young Architects (licensed less than 10 years), Associate AIA members, and AIAS members are eligible to submit an application.

The AIA Knowledge Scholarship seeks to provide a dedicated and knowledgeable person on-site to capture the content from the conference and deliver a variety of products to wider audiences during and after the conference. Some existing products are listed below for reference and innovative methods are highly encouraged.

  • Project profiles by site on tours (text and images)
  • Real-time blogging on AIA KnowledgeNet
  • Audiocast with speaker/expert in the field
  • Videocast on topic
  • Transcript of panel discussion or interview for a KC Newsletter
  • Topical article related to conference theme for AIArchitect
  • Keynote/Session summaries
  • AIA Best Practice on topic

Scholarship funds will be awarded to compelling applications that address creativity, feasibility, impact and outcomes. Applications will be evaluated on: quality and quantity of knowledge products; innovation; demonstrated skill in area of knowledge delivery (for example writing or video editing experience); how the end product will interest the intended target audience; coverage of conference/knowledge topics in demand; thoroughness of application.

Applications must include: a complete application form, resume, two professional references, and a purposed budget including the cost of conference registration, travel expenses and supply expenses. The completed application must be submitted by August 15, 2011. Submit the application to as a single letter-sized PDF document titled “2011kcscholarship_firstnamelastname.pdf.” The PDF should not exceed 5mb in size or 10 pages in length.

All applicants will receive an email confirmation of receipt of their application within two business days. If you do not receive an email confirmation, contact Tamzin Howerton at 202-626-7358. All applicants will receive notification of the jury’s decision by September 1, 2011.

AIA Knowledge Community Partners with Society

This year, the AIA’s national Practice Management Knowledge Community (PMKC) is partnering with the Virginia Society AIA to develop a series of presentations at Architecture Exchange East. The PMKC focuses on collecting and disseminating information on the business of architecture.  They’ll bring this expertise to bear in their collaboration with the Society’s Professional Excellence team in the development of the series.

The PMKC focuses on a wide variety of business practices and trends including human resources management; integrated practice and delivery methods; knowledge/innovation management; marketing and business development; leadership development; financial management; global practices; operations management; ownership transitions; project management; quality management; risk management; strategic alliances; strategic planning; and student and emerging professional development. They initiate programs and provide content and guidance to the AIA on programs and policies relating to a wide variety of business practices and trends. They also work to develop new, more effective means of discovering, gathering, organizing and disseminating practice management knowledge among architects and their strategic partners.

“We’re very pleased to be working with the Practice Management KC to add this rich new dimension to ArchEx,” says Wayne Conners, the Society’s Director of Professional Excellence. “We’re working together to create a provocative, inspirational program of seminars that will challenge existing paradigms about practicing architecture in the coming decade.”

Architecture Exchange East is the mid-Atlantic’s premier conference and expo for architects. The three-day conference features over 60 educational sessions, spectacular behind-the-scenes architectural tours, engaging special events, and over 125 vendors in the ArchEx Exhibit Hall. It will be held Nov. 2–4, 2011, in Richmond at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Registration opens Aug. 26 at