AIA Chicago Foundation
The AIA Chicago Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organization which supports scholarships, grants, awards, and initiatives to strengthen Chicago’s architectural community and the future of the profession. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees are elected annually by the AIA Chicago membership. All AIA Chicago members are also members of the AIA Chicago Foundation.
Contributions made to the AIA Chicago Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, are fully tax-deductible.
AIA Chicago Foundation Diversity Scholarship
The AIA Chicago Foundation Diversity Scholarship seeks to attract and retain diverse, talented young professionals in Chicago and recognizes the value of new and unique voices in the profession. Scholarships are for students attending IIT, SAIC, and UIC.
Awards: Up to two recipients. Each receive $10,000 over two years
Submissions open: Early February, 2023
Submissions close: Early May, 2022
Funding: Corporate and individual donations
Martin Roche Travel Scholarship
Established in 1926 by architect Martin Roche, FAIA, the Martin Roche Travel Scholarship gives a student the opportunity to independently study architecture abroad.
Submissions open: Paused for 2023
Submissions close: Paused for 2023
Funding: AIA Chicago Foundation donations
Architects in Schools
Managed through AIA Chicago's Community Engagement Affinity Group, Architects in Schools (AIS) focuses on bringing architecture professionals into middle school classrooms to introduce students to the profession.
Volunteers engage the students in critically analyzing their neighborhood for opportunities to create positive change while utilizing architecture as a means for implementing solutions.
Programs are currently active at the following schools:
- Cameron Elementary (Humboldt Park)
- Chavez Multicultural Academic Academy (Back of the Yards)
- George M. Pullman Elementary (Pullman)
- Whittier Dual Language Academy (Pilsen)
Chicago Architecture + Design College Day
Held annually in the fall, the Chicago Architecture + Design College Day is a free event open to high school and college students, parents, teachers, and counselors interested in learning more about careers in Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning.
With over 50 colleges and universities represented, this is fantastic one-stop-shop for any student considering this career pathway.
Dubin Family Young Architect Award
Submissions open: July
Submissions close: September
Roberta Feldman Architecture for Social Justice Award
Roberta Feldman Architecture for Social Justice Award, established in 2020, seeks to honor excellence in built projects and design programs guided by the conviction that access to high quality architecture is not a privilege, it is a human right.
Submissions open: April
Submissions close: June
Chicago Student Award in Architecture
The Chicago Award in Architecture is an annual juried competition of student projects.
Deadline for professors to nominate: Early May, 2023
Deadline for students to submit work: Early June, 2023
Funding: Donations to the AIA Chicago Foundation
Disruptive Design was a three-part design competition that sought to address challenges associated with designing and building affordable, owner-occupied housing.
Timeline: This competition occurred in 2018-2019.
Funding: AIA Chicago, Northern Trust, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, LISC Chicago, NHS
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