Investing in Chicago’s next generation of architectural change-makers by awarding scholarships, grants, and recognition. 


A city where the architecture profession is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.  


American Institute of Architects Scholarships


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: Monday, February 5, 2024
Submissions close: Thursday, March 21, 2024
Established: 2019
Funding: Corporate and individual donations

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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.

Awards: $6,000
Submissions open: Monday, February 5, 2024
Submissions close: Thursday, March 21, 2024
Established: 1926
Funding: AIA Chicago Foundation donations

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Community Outreach

American Institute of Architects Community Outreach

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)
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Chicago Architecture + Design College Day

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.

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Chicago Student Award in Architecture

The Chicago Award in Architecture is an annual juried competition of student projects.

Awards: $200-$500
Deadline for professors to nominate: Early May, 2023
Deadline for students to submit work: Early June, 2023
Funding: Donations to the AIA Chicago Foundation

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Disruptive Design

Disruptive Design was a three-part design competition that sought to address challenges associated with designing and building affordable, owner-occupied housing.

Awards: $200-$500
Timeline: This competition occurred in 2018-2019.
Funding: AIA Chicago, Northern Trust, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, LISC Chicago, NHS

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"I'm inspired by those who embrace and explore differences. By doing so we can find common ground and hopefully stronger richer solutions."

Chris-Annmarie Spencer,
AIA, NOMA, AlA Chicago Foundation Board

2022 AIA Chicago Foundation Contributors


Alphawood Foundation Chicago

$10,000 - $19,999

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

$5,000 - $9,999

Globetrotters Engineering Corporation
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

$1,000 - $4,999

Anonymous (2)
Nancy Abshire, AIA Emeritus
The American Institute of Architects
bKL Architecture
Bulley & Andrews
Jaime Torres Carmona, AIA; Founding Principal, Canopy
M. David Dubin and Family
Goettsch Partners
Ralph Johnson, FAIA and Kathy Nagle
Jorcano Fund
Lamar Johnson Collaborative
Dawn Schuette, FAIA
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Society of Architectural Historians
Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB)
Stantec Architecture
P.K. VanderBeke, AIA
Wheeler Kearns Architects
Mary and Michael Woolever

$500 - $999

Anonymous (1)
Fred L. Brandstrader, AIA
Elliott E. Dudnik, PhD, FAIA
Howard Ellegant, AIA Member Emeritus
Roberta M. Feldman, PhD
Peter H. Landon, FAIA
JinHwa Paradowicz, AIA; Perkins Eastman
Schuler Shook
Chris Ann Spencer, AIA, NOMA and Grant Gibson, AIA
Grant C. Uhlir, FAIA; Gensler

$100 - $499

Anonymous (4)
88 West Architecture  / Matthew Snoap Architect, AIA
Cameron Acheson, AIA 
Assured Architectural Windows and Doors
K. John Ast, AIA Emeritus
Anne Babineau, Esq. Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer,
Fellow of American College of Real Estate Lawyers
Chris Carpenter, Affil. AIA Chicago
Christopher E. Chwedyk, AIA
Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC
Ellen Bailey Dickson, FAIA
En Masse Architecture and Design
Kristine K. Fallon, FAIA
Laura A. Fisher, FAIA
Glenn Garlick
Walker C. Johnson, FAIA
JumpGarden Consulting LLC
David M. Kennedy, AIA
Helen J. Kessler, FAIA
M Viamontes Architects
Bob Magruder, Affil. AIA Chicago; Goodfriend Magruder Structures
Jen Masengarb, Assoc. AIA
Josh Mings, AIA

$100 - $499 (cont.)

Julia M. Mosqueda, Assoc. AIA
Nowhere Collaborative
RADA Architects
Semple+Rappe Architects
Gracia Maria Shiffrin, FAIA
Cynthia and Eric Singer
Walter D. Street III, AIA, NOMA
Danielle Tillman, AIA, NOMA
Dorothy & Tim Tracey, AIA
John Vinci, FAIA
Peter Wojtowicz, AIA

Up to $99

Anonymous (33)
Roula Alakiotou, FAIA
Martha Bell, FAIA
Joseph Caprile, FAIA
David M. Chasco, FAIA
Drew Deering, AIA
Lynda Dossey, AIA
Aimee Eckmann, FAIA; Principal, Perkins&Will
Rand K. Ekman, FAIA, LEED Fellow
Sharon and Peter Exley, FAIA
Jessica Figenholtz, AIA
Holly Gerberding, FAIA
Jason Golub, AIA
Thomas Hoepf, FAIA
Nathan Kipnis, FAIA
Nancy Kohout; SmithGroup
Krueck Sexton Partners
John H. Nelson, FAIA
Office for Urban Experiments
Nathan Rennich
Ross Barney Architects
Ashley Spell
Enrique Suarez, AIA
Chey Taylor, AIA
David A. Urschel, FAIA
Edward Wagner
Weiss Architects