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AIA New England Conference & Awards Portsmouth, NH


October 20+21
Come, celebrate and learn more about all that makes the New England architectural community excellent, relevant and pace-setting. Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a city that recognizes its history, enjoys a vibrant present and plans for a resilient future. What better place to explore issues of designing for Resilience in our region?  

Call for Entires and Conference information at:

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Hurricane Harvey: Updates from AIA's Disaster Assistance Program

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane and remains a danger to Texas and southwest Louisiana due to significant rainfall, flooding and wind.

How to help those affected by Harvey?

At this time, Texas is still in the midst of an evolving hazard event.  AIA is coordinating with local components, agencies and other building industry organizations on response efforts.  Once flood waters have receded, SAP or ATC-trained Texas architects may be called upon by the state or local jurisdictions to perform rapid or safety assessments of homes and buildings.  Please check back here for more information on volunteer opportunities.

One of the best ways to support those affected by Harvey is to donate to a trusted organization who can deliver the needed resources to the region:


The American Red Cross is responding to immediate needs

Habitat for Humanity is assessing shelter and housing needs caused by the storm

Coalition for the Homeless is coordinating shelters and housing for the homeless

Global Giving has created a fund to support the recovery of local non-profits


All Hands takes apart damaged buildings, removes debris and rebuilds post-disaster

Airbnb is waiving fees for those who host evacuees

For homes and buildings, storm surge causes dangerous water inundation, flood-borne debris and scouring compromising foundations while high winds damage roofs and if openings in the building envelope are penetrated, can cause severe damage. Flooding can lead to foundation scour and settlement of buildings and can damage electrical systems, HVAC equipment, wallboard and insulation and contribute to the growth of mold and mildew, a potential health hazard. Remember, flood water is contaminated; no depth of flood “water” is safe for a human or car.

Take action

For those in the affected areas, please check with local authorities for the most up to date public safety information, warnings, and notifications.  Let us all be reminded to be prepared, and protect our communities by taking action to mitigate harmful impacts to homes and businesses.

Architects, as stewards of public health and safety, can use their building knowledge to help their communities both before and after a disaster. AIA's Disaster Assistance Program supports Components and equips architects with the knowledge and skills to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster. Since 1972, the program has ensured that AIA, Chapters, and members are prepared to assist communities nationwide and internationally in leadership and volunteer roles. At the request of a state or local jurisdiction, many AIA members are trained to serve as volunteers to perform rapid or building safety assessments in their communities following a disaster.

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2017 AIAri Design Awards Call for Entries


  • AIAri Member architects may submit projects located worldwide
  • The project must be submitted by a licensed architect of record
  • Non-AIAri members licensed to practice in the state of Rhode Island may only submit projects located in Rhode Island
  • Built projects must have been substantially completed after January 1, 2012
  • Projects that have been honored in a past AIAri Design Awards program are not eligible (unless the project was submitted in the Unbuilt    category, and the project has since been built)
  • Each entrant may submit any number of eligible entries with the appropriate fees for each entry
  • Work by the firms of design professionals serving as jury members this year is not eligible
  • The submitted work must be eligible for publicity and reproduction

Awards may be given in two levels for each category:

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Volunteer for the Doors Open RI Festival!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Doors Open Rhode Island Festival on Saturday September 23, 2017!  We're going to need lots of help at participating venues welcoming visitors, helping with crowd control, answering questions and tracking attendance. It's easy to do and a lot of fun. Volunteer Greeters will typically work one 4-hour shift, leaving plenty of time to explore other festival sites over the remainder of the weekend.

Please click here tofill out your contact information. We'll reach out to you once we're ready to start scheduling volunteers.

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2017 AIAri Scholarship Application


A Charitable Organization Supporting Educational Programs within the Architectural Community





AIA/ Rhode Island Architectural Forum is pleased to announce its Eleventh Annual

Scholarship Awards Program. Scholarship funds will be credited to the winning student’s

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