New Consortium Member Applications Due September 30
Washington, D.C. July 18, 2016 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) the Architects Foundation and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) today announced that a third annual new member Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is available, part of an ongoing expansion of the AIA’s Design & Health Research Consortium. The 17-member Consortium helps translate research on design’s influence on public health into architectural practice for policymakers, design and public health professionals and the general public.
The AIA has set a deadline of September 30, at 11:59 pm PDT for receiving qualification applications from interested university-led teams. Selection of the schools will be made by mid-November. The full RFQ and application site is now available for interested teams to apply to be members of the Consortium’s third cohort.
“In the last two years, we have seen the movement of design & health grow rapidly. The Consortium is a manifestation of that movement connecting the architecture and public health communities to promote human health and well-being,” said Suzanna Kelley, FAIA, AIA Managing Director of Strategic Alliances and Initiatives “As we enter the Consortium’s third year, the next frontier will be to expand engagement with architecture firms and, ultimately, their clients. We will catalyze more research opportunities within the universities that will inform projects throughout the country.”
The Consortium, which is comprised of university-led partnerships, will be accepting applications for up to eight new slots. It is a joint project of Architects Foundation, AIA, and ACSA to advance university-led research in the area of design and health and to promote and accelerate the translation of research into practice. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (“ASPPH”) provides additional support and guidance for the project.
About the Architects Foundation
The American Institute ofArchitects Foundation, now called the Architects Foundation, advances excellence in design for the benefit of the public. As a nonprofit philanthropic extension of the American Institute of Architects, the Architects Foundation is the consummate voice and advocate for architecture and design. The Architects Foundation is dedicated to the belief that good design is good for all and plays an essential role in transforming lives and building a better world.
About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.
About the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
ACSA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education. The school membership in ACSA has grown from 10 charter members to over 250 schools in several membership categories. These include full membership for all accredited programs in the United States and government-sanctioned schools in Canada, candidate membership for schools seeking accreditation, and affiliate membership for schools for two-year and international programs. Through these schools, over 5,000 architecture faculty are represented. In addition, over 500 supporting members composed of architecture firms, product associations and individuals add to the breadth of interest and support of ACSA goals.