AIA Miami’s Diversity Scholarship
Architecture plays a vital role in the shaping of our communities, yet the Architecture profession is profoundly lacking in diversity, specifically Black American representation. While Black Americans make up 14% of the US population*, out of over 121,000 nationally registered architects, they represent a dismal 2.0% with Black American women representing a staggering less than 0.5%. In its continued commitment to actionable accountability through increasing the diversification of the Architectural profession, AIA Miami is offering a scholarship program specific to the advancement of Black Americans into the profession. The scholarship will strategically focus on education, with the aim of providing opportunities to facilitate an increase in the number of black American architecture graduates; with the potential of becoming licensed professionals, a forward step in closing the racial disparity gap within the profession.
The Black American Diversity scholarship supports the recruitment and retention of Black Americans in accredited architectural degree programs by assisting scholarship recipients with offsetting the cost of tuition, books, and materials. A minimum of one scholarship valued up to $4,500 will be awarded annually. The number and value of awards may vary year-to-year based on applications and available funds.
Each scholarship recipient receives AIA Miami community exposure, in addition to the funds towards an architecture NAAB accredited degree cost.
Deadline: January 15
Women in Architecture ARE Grant
Over half of all architecture graduates and 45% of AXP candidates after graduation identify themselves as females and comprise 45% of AXP candidates after graduation. However, less than 24% of all US registered architects are female, a decrease of almost half. To retain more females in our profession, AIA Miami and the Women in Architecture Committee are committed to increasing gender diversity in the profession through encouraging female voices and supporting their continued success early in their architectural careers.
Acknowledging that the pursuit of licensure is costly, the AIA Miami Women in Architecture Grant supports emerging professional women by assisting grant recipients with the cost of architectural licensure. At least 1 grant of up to $3,500 will be awarded annually. The number and value of awards may vary year-to- year based on applications and available funds.
Each grant beneficiary receives AIA Miami community exposure, funds towards architectural licensure and complimentary attendance to the annual WIA 8x8x2 and the AIA Design Awards Gala.
Deadline: January 15
PAWchitecture, brought to you by the Miami Center for Architecture & Design and our partners, The Aventura Mall and the Humane Society of Greater Miami, is a design/build competition of original, one-of-a-kind pet furniture created by professional and student design teams. The built designs will be on display at Aventura Mall during October’s Celebrate Architecture & Design Month. All the homes will be available for silent auction through online bidding with proceeds going to the Greater Miami Humane Society and the Miami Center for Architecture & Design.
Twenty professional team slots and three student team slots are available for the 2022 PAWchitecture Competition and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Student teams must be from DASH or be members of AIAS. Teams shall register online at aiamiami.org
HOW TO REGISTER
- Visit the event web page at aia-mcad-events.org/PAWchitecture
- Click on the rules and registration page
- Download the pdf registration form
- Email it to [email protected]
- You will receive an invoice.
- Pay the invoice
- Hooray! You are registered.
Professional team registration fee
AIA Miami $250
Non-AIA Members $350
Student team registration fee
AIAS Members $50
DASH Students $10
JUNE 27: TEAM REGISTRATION OPENS
JULY 20 JULY 27 AUGUST 1: TEAM REGISTRATION CLOSES
JULY 22: VIRTUAL KICK OFF & TEAM CAPTAINS MTG
AUGUST 19: DESIGN SUBMITTAL DUE TO MCAD (REQUIRED)
AUGUST 24: DESIGN REVIEW RESPONSE TO TEAMS
AUGUST 29: TEAM CONSTRUCTION COMMENCES
SEPTEMBER 8: TEAM CAPTAINS’ MEETING/TEAM HAPPY HOUR (REQUIRED)
SEPTEMBER 23: FINAL DESIGN PACKET DUE TO MCAD (REQUIRED)
OCTOBER TBD: BUILT ENTRIES INSTALLED @ AVENTURA MALL (Schedule TBD)
Big Woof (Large) –
Designs should feature king-sized concepts with large dogs in mind Size: 5’ wide x 5’ high x 5’ long (max)
Weight: 500lb (max)
Furr-niture (Medium) –
Designs should combine furniture-like aesthetic with the functionality of a doghouse, cat condo, or cat/doghouse combination. Size: 3’ wide x 6’ high x 4’ long (max)
Weight: 350lb (max)
Tiny Barker (Small)
Designs should feature big-dog creativity in a pint-sized package Size: 3’ wide x 3’ high x 4’ long (max)
Weight: 250lb (max)
Cat Condo (small) –
Designs should embrace the active, agile, and curious nature of cats Size: 3’ wide x 5’ high x 3’ long (max)
Weight: 250lb (max)
Most Miami (open) –
Designs should reflect the design ethos and vibe of Miami and the Beaches. Height should be under 5’ tall and footprint no larger than 5’ x 5’.
Max weight is 400lb (max)
Find application forms, rules and more on the PAWchitecture event webpage at
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of one of our long-time members, Robert Jerome Filer, FAIA. As past President of AIA Miami, Filer was very involved in the architectural community producing TV shows about architecture for PBS, mentoring young professionals, and designing many local buildings. Viewing and services will be this Friday, November 25 11am – 2pm at Van Orsdale on Kendall Drive followed by a burial service at Miami Memorial.
The promotion to Principal of Alissa Franconi, Traci Golownia, AIA (AIA Miami Chapter member) and Jeff Hysjulien recognizes the significant contributions each has made to the growth and success of the practice. “RSP is driven by a unique, client-focused culture,” says Norback. “And these consummate professionals fully embody our values. They have the stuff to push the firm forward.”
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