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AIAS News Alert (South Quad Conference)

AIAS News Alert (South Quad Conference)

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Published by JW Blanchard
Hundreds of design students from architecture schools across the southeast will meet in Atlanta next week for South Quad 2009: SEE. SPEAK. DESIGN. The event, the annual spring regional meeting of the American Institute of Architecture Students, is co-hosted by the local AIAS chapters at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Southern Polytechnic State University.
Hundreds of design students from architecture schools across the southeast will meet in Atlanta next week for South Quad 2009: SEE. SPEAK. DESIGN. The event, the annual spring regional meeting of the American Institute of Architecture Students, is co-hosted by the local AIAS chapters at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Southern Polytechnic State University.

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 For Immediate Release
Contact: Kevin Mulvaney, Director of AdvancementT 202.626.2564Ekmulvaney@aias.org 
Students Take the Lead
 Shine Light on the Architecture Situation in the Region 
 
Atlanta, Georgia (February 25, 2009) —
Hundreds of design students from architecture schools across thesoutheast will meet in Atlanta next week for South Quad 2009: SEE. SPEAK. DESIGN. The event, the annualspring regional meeting of the American Institute of Architecture Students, is co-hosted by the local AIASchapters at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Southern Polytechnic State University.South Quad 2009 begins Thursday March 5, 2009 with a keynote speech by award-winning architect RichardMeier. Meier, best known in Atlanta for his work on the High Museum of Art, will speak to students and localprofessionals on the topic of Light in Architecture and join students for a reception at the High Museumthereafter. The remainder of the conference will focus on issues and opportunities relevant to the designleaders of the future, especially as graduates prepare to enter an unfriendly job market for architects, one hurtdramatically by the housing crisis and decreases in lending and commercial construction.The lecture is not the only activity of the evening. The occasion also offers an opportunity to celebrate. 2009marks the fifth anniversary of Freedom By Design™ a program of which students from SPSU are at strongleaders. In association with Niles Bolton & Associates and the Housing and Community Development Division ofCity of Marietta, student leaders in 2007 and 2008 designed solutions for the home of Marcella, an eleven yearold girl struggling with Muscular Dystrophy and upper respiratory problems. First through improving thesurface area of the interior of the home so Marcella could move around more freely, and then my creating anaccessible play area with an elevated sand box, pavers and convenient gate, students drastically improved thequality of life for a family in need.In response to this service program and the numerous leadership initiatives of the AIAS, the Georgia chapter ofThe American Institute of Architects will present national leaders of the American Institute of ArchitectureStudents with a gift to their
Beyond Architecture 
campaign, a national effort dedicated to securing resourcesfor leadership and service programs for architecture students. JW Blanchard, an Atlanta native, SPSU graduateand current national President of the 7,000 member organization, will be in Atlanta to accept the check onbehalf of the AIAS.
The keynote begins at 6:00 pm at the Georgia Tech Conference Center. Local media are invited to attend. Please RSVP to kmulvaney@aias.org if you wish to attend. Pictures will be available following the event.
 
American Institute of Architecture Students
NEWS ALERT
 
About the AIAS
Headquartered in Washington, DC, the American Institute of Architecture Students was established in 1956and is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, student-run organization. The mission of the AIAS is to promoteexcellence in architecture education, training and practice, foster an appreciation of architecture and relateddisciplines, enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration and organize students to combine their efforts toadvance the art and science of architecture. With almost 7,000 subscribing members on more than 130 collegeand high school campuses throughout North America and several other countries, the AIAS represents theinterests of and connects the 20,000-plus students studying architecture. You can learn more about theorganization atwww.aias.org.
About Freedom by Design
Freedom by Design™ is the national community service program of the AIAS. It utilizes the talents ofarchitecture students to radically impact the lives of people in their community through modest design andconstruction solutions. Vital modifications are made to enhance the homes of low-income elderly and disabledindividuals by addressing their struggles with everyday tasks such as bathing, ascending stairs and openingdoors. Our priority is improving the safety, comfort and dignity of the home’s occupants.Through more than 40 AIAS chapters, Freedom by Design™ teaches students how to resolve accessibilityissues while simultaneously providing them with the real world experience of working with a client, mentorshipfrom a local architect and constructor, and an understanding of the practical impact of architecture anddesign. For more information about Freedom by Design™ visitwww.aias.org/freedom.
About The
Beyond Architecture 
Campaign
In an effort to make a lasting impact on its members and the communities they serve, the AIAS launched amajor capital campaign in 2007. The first in the history of the organization, the
Beyond Architecture 
campaignseeks to raise at least $2 Million to assist the organization in providing innovative leadership and serviceprograms, including Freedom by Design™, for generations to come. For more information or to contribute to thecampaign, please visitwww.aias.org/beyondarchitecture.
About AIA Georgia
The primary functions of AIA Georgia are to increase the public's general knowledge and awareness ofarchitecture and the role architects play in the built and planned environment; and government affairs tomonitor state legislative and regulatory activities to promote and enhance the profession of architecture, thosewho practice, and to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public it serves.
 
Over time, national AIA membership has grown from
 
an original 29 founding members in 1857 to more than73,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals and allied partners
 
who express their commitment toexcellence in design and livability in our nation's buildings and communities.
 
Members adhere to a code of

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