Certificate and Content Series
2023 Economic Updates
Join AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, and AIA President Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA, for quarterly discussions of the industry's latest economic data and what firms are reporting. These discussions will focus on recent developments in AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI), key trends in our economy, and strategic issues that architecture firms are dealing with, such as developing and maintaining a workforce.
2023 Economic Updates are brought to you at no cost through a partnership with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope. By registering for these courses, you grant AIAU permission to share your name and email address with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope.
2023 Specs on the Union
Join members of the AIA Government Advocacy team and special guests for an overview of what is happening in the ever-changing public policy landscape. Sessions will focus on breaking news, executive actions, legislative measures, and other initiatives that impact architecture and professional practice.
2023 The Future of Cities
Our society is undergoing a profound transformation. By mid-century, an estimated two-thirds of our global population – 6 billion people - will live in cities. Global population growth and urbanization are putting enormous stress on our civilization, fueling a host of cascading crises from climate change to housing, health to inequality. Despite the unprecedented challenges facing us, cities are uniquely positioned to serve as the hub of a global strategy to address our current crises. This series will focus on a number of key themes facing the future of our cities, offering provocative ideas about how we conceptualize our collective future and the role of design leadership in achieving global goals. Hosted by Communities by Design (CxD), a program of the Architects Foundation.
AIA Women's Leadership Summit Virtual Series 2021
COVID-19 has changed architecture, firms, work-life, and us. From massive realignments of our priorities, new challenges in balancing childcare with work, to uncertainty in our job landscapes, this has been a time for many of refiguring, rethinking, and finding new ways forward.
Join us for two new sessions which will focus specifically on the career options of mid-career women in architecture. Though these sessions can stand alone, together they will enrich your knowledge base and help you plan how to get ahead in a way that works for your specific situation and unique skills and interests. We have designed these two sessions in collaboration with Architecture Recruiter, Nancy Horne and Career Coach and Designer, Mia Scharphie.
AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: CARBON 2020
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce a partnership dedicated to the INTERSECTION of Education, Research and Practice. The conference is intended to strengthen the INTERSECTION between academia and design practice, especially when it comes to research and innovation, focused on climate action and carbon management strategies.
“Being less bad is not being good; it’s being bad by definition, just less so.” – William McDonough, FAIA
AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: COMMUNITIES 2021
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce the second annual joint AIA/ACSA INTERSECTIONS Research Conference dedicated to the INTERSECTION of Education, Research and Practice. The conference builds on the eight-year partnership between AIA and ACSA toward these objectives. The focus of the INTERSECTIONS programs is intended to strengthen the INTERSECTION between academia and design practice, especially when it comes to research and innovation, focused on community strategies.
AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: RESILIENT FUTURES 2022
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce the third annual joint AIA/ACSA INTERSECTIONS Research Conference dedicated to the INTERSECTION of Education, Research and Practice. This 2-day virtual conference includes dynamic presentations of current research and keynotes and sessions offering new ideas, models for practice, and challenging our profession in addressing the critical issue of climate and resilience. The conference builds on the eight-year partnership between AIA and ACSA toward these objectives. The focus of the INTERSECTIONS programs is intended to strengthen the INTERSECTION between academia and design practice, especially when it comes to research and innovation, focused on resilience strategies.
Building Envelope Series
Build your knowledge and skills with this series of five state-of-the-art courses delivered by experts on the building envelope, high-performance design and codes.
Communities in Transition
The 21st century is an era of ongoing and dramatic change, with communities facing multiple acute stresses at a time. While adapting to the negative consequences of climate change, many communities are simultaneously grappling with deep systemic inequities and difficult economic conditions.
Throughout this live series, hosted by the AIA Center for Communities by Design (CxD), participants will gain real world insights into many of the challenges our communities are facing and the innovative approaches that have been applied across the country to address them. Speakers will highlight how architects, civic leaders, and other professionals can leverage tools and strategies to ease the burden of these transitions.
Cursos en Espanol (Courses in Spanish)
En consorcio con el Colegio de Arquitectos de Costa Rica, AIAU está dichoso de anunciar los cursos en español que se enumeran a continuación. ¡Más cursos vendrán pronto!
In partnership with the Colegio Arquitectos de Costa Rica, AIAU is pleased to offer the courses listed below delivered in Spanish. More courses are coming soon!
Designing for Health
Licensed architects and affiliated design professionals have, in their professional practice, a positive duty to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. As America’s healthcare expenses continue to rise and we rebuild post-pandemic, collaboration with public health professionals will be more critical than ever. Through this series of courses, you will learn from architects and public health experts as they guide you through the opportunities in rethinking the design process to create healthier buildings.
Sponsored by Sherwin Williams
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Embodied Carbon 101
If you’re not considering embodied carbon as part of each project’s CO2 emissions, this series is for you. Embodied Carbon 101 is designed to help AEC professionals understand embodied carbon and immediately apply that knowledge to projects to reduce emissions and get to zero carbon. Unlike operational carbon, which can be reduced during a building’s lifetime, embodied carbon is “locked in” as soon as a building is completed. Over 12 courses, you’ll learn how to measure, manage, and implement practical solutions from expert practitioners including architects and sustainable building product manufacturers. Buildings contribute about 40% of the world’s carbon emissions, and embodied carbon is a big slice of the pie. Let’s all do our part to get to zero together.
Emerge by AIAU
Emerge by AIAU provides emerging professionals on the path to licensure with experience hours in NCARB’s Architectural Experience Program (AXP). Courses in this series are free for Associate AIA members. You can gain extra experience hours that you might not get in a firm on your own time, on your own terms. Watch these videos to help you complete AXP and jump-start your career.
Project Delivery Symposium 2021: Delivering the Future
Owners, architects, engineers, and constructors discuss the latest strategies for driving project outcomes, allocating risk, and employing software to close the gap between design, fabrication, and construction.
Hosted by the Project Delivery AIA Knowledge Community, March 8-9, 2021, owners, architects, engineers, and constructors convened to discuss the latest strategies for driving project outcomes, allocating risk, and employing software to close the gap between design, fabrication, and construction. Purchase the series for on-demand access to all 2021 symposium sessions.*
Research in Practice Series: Findings & Applications
This series presents courses on research being conducting about the built environment and our interactions with it. Discover what the evidence-based findings tell us and learn how they can be applied to architectural practice.
Research in Practice Series: Value & Strategies
The courses in this series demonstrate the value of research for your practice. Gain strategies for applying research thinking to your design projects and solutions.
Small Firm Series
As a small firm owner, you often must be the architect, the business leader, marketing professional, strategic planner, personal assistant, and account manager all rolled into one. Every day you wear many hats and start juggling competing priorities before most people have their morning coffee. The Small Firm Exchange selected the courses in this series to make the most of your time by providing you actionable tools, resources, and knowledge to grow your small firm into the prosperous business you envision.
Spotlight on Equity. Architecture in Turbulent Times.
The simultaneous crises of climate change, COVID-19, a looming economic depression, and systemic racial injustice have exposed structural failings that architecture, and society, must address. It’s a perfect storm that has created an unprecedented call for change. Where do we go from here?
Designed to help you confront these challenges and change your practice and the architecture profession for the better, this selection of sessions from our Architecture in Turbulent Times: Equity, Environment, Health, & Economy virtual learning event features the latest thinking by leading architects, climate champions, civic leaders, academics, and new voices. You’ll hear the brave ideas and honest dialogue that architecture needs now and leave with the knowledge you need to be part of the solution.
The Iconic House Series
Contemporary neuroscience using MRI imaging of people’s brains while they perform tasks has revealed a much more important role for memory in the creative process. The Iconic House Series will explore the ways our response to or experience of highly memorable houses may consciously or unconsciously influence our thought processes as residential designers. Each of the Iconic House and Iconic Room programs will ask three residential architects to present an Iconic House that has been personally important to them and to show one of their own design projects, explaining how their chosen Iconic example has influenced their thinking. The Durability and Details of Iconic Houses Program will explore how the details of iconic historic and modernist houses have contributed to their durability or lack thereof, and what we can learn from their successes and failures in detailing our own projects for durability.
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Building Science Education
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® Building Science Education series is designed to educate students and working professionals on building science principles that are paramount to the successful design of high-performance, energy-efficient buildings. AIAU offers architects and design professionals the opportunity to earn 7.25 LU|HSW credits across six Solar Decathlon Building Science Education courses that aim to educate on:
Video Storytelling for Architects Series
Presented by winners of the AIA Film Challenge, Video Storytelling for Architects offers architects and design professionals the opportunity to explore the connection between architecture and storytelling, while developing practical video storytelling skills. In this five-part series, architects will be led (by filmmakers and architects) through the rewarding process of selecting, developing, producing, and promoting architecture stories.
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