Purpose
The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an independent,nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to providing unmatched progressive programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architecture and the experience of education. The mission of the AIAS is to advance leadership, design, and service among architecture students.

At Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the AIAS Chapter is focused on providing opportunities for students to not only further their design skills outside of a traditional education, but also to engage and interact with their local community. This award was created to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their abilities to actively create and foster sustainable change through research and design development.

The AIAS Carnegie Mellon University Student Design Award will be given to a student individual or group to carry out a project outside of their academic coursework. The award is open to any and all projects that encourage ideas within and beyond the realm of architecture and traditional education. Students are encouraged to realize their projects in a tangible end-product that demonstrates their passions and ideas about design, and how it interacts within a local context.

The award will include a total prize of $500 to aid in the physical manifestation of the project, and will culminate in its presentation at a public exhibition on campus by the end of the Spring semester. Details related to the distribution of the award will be discussed with the recipient.


Selection Process
The review team will consist of a jury made up by the following people:
Zain Islam-Hashmi, AIAS CMU Chapter President
Alexis McCune-Secosky, AIAS CMU Advisor
Andrew Caruso, AIAS CMU Alumni Class of 2006
Sean Sheffler, AIA Board of Directors Member
Sarah Rafson, CMU SoA, Ann Kalla Visiting Professor 2017-18
The jury will be evaluating submissions on criteria relating to the following:
CONCEPT
CREATIVITY
FEASIBILITY
ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IDEAS EFFECTIVELY
TAKES DESIGN OUTSIDE THE REALM OF ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION
REACH AND SCOPE OF THE PROJECT
CREATIVITY


Timeline
Award Opens
Award Application Closes
Winner Notified
Public Announcement of Winner
Dec. 15, 2017
Jan. 24, 2018
Jan. 30, 2018
Feb. 1, 2018


Eligibility
This award is open to both individuals or groups (max. 4 people) all of whom must meet the following requirements:
Member of AIAS CMU Chapter 2017-2018
Current Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture student
Will be enrolled and taking courses on campus in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University during the Spring 2018 Semester


Submission Requirements
RESUME or CV (includes name, graduation year, email address)
WORK SAMPLE (max. 3 pages)
WRITTEN DESCRIPTION (max. 500 words) describing project proposal, and the importance of design outside of required coursework and in a localized contextr
SCHEDULE outlining production/implementation of project
PROPOSED BUDGET (estimated)
(OPTIONAL) Images/Drawings to describe/support one’s proposal (max. 3 pages)


Submission Deadline
Proposals must be submitted to Slideroom.



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