The AIAS is a professional student organization that connects students with professionals and provides a forum for student learning. The AIAS helps students to understand their future in the profession. The AIAS involves students in community service projects, helps with school functions and also allows students to participate in national conferences and events.
The AIAS is a separate organization from the AIA. While we originally started as the Associated Student Chapters of the AIA, we have since gone completely independent with our own professional staff, our own officers and an important position representing students of architecture and specifically our members to the other associations of architecture both in the US and around the world.
Each year at AIAS FORUM, the Council of Presidents, which is made up of the chapter leaders from every active chapter vote and elect a Director for their Quad, a location for AIAS FORUM two years hence and two AIAS officers, the president and the Vice President. These two members who have either graduated or taken a year off of school, set aside their own lives and come to Washington DC for a year to lead the organization and to represent you to the world of architecture.