AIAS Grassroots 2018


Near 250 chapter leaders, AIAS Freedom By Design program leaders and emerging professionals gathered for the 33rd Annual AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Washington D.C. last June 19-22. 

President Paolo Mendoza, vice president Gabrielle Redding, and FBD director Adam Blood, attended the conference as official delegates of the NYIT Manhattan chapter. This year’s conference theme was #SuccessSeekers. Topics cover skills and knowledge areas important to all architecture students such as career preparation, software capability, sustainability strategies, materials exploration, and practice management. Furthermore, the chance to broaden one’s network through engagement with other students and practicing professionals is unparalleled and represents the greatest long-term value available at AIAS Grassroots.

The conference opens with a Council of Presidents orientation that discussed the agenda and logistics for the AIAS Council of Presidents meeting to be held on the last day of the conference. The official opening ceremonies was held at the National Building Museum. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architecture Registration Board (NCARB) conducted a panel discussion followed by the induction of the 2018-2019 AIAS National Board of Directors. 

The conference has diverse keynote topics showing different views and scenarios of leadership in the community, workforce, and in school. Keynotes were given by Tim Dunham, Section Chief of the Leadership Development Program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Teri Coates, Principal at CANVAS Architecture, and Shannon Kraus, past AIAS National Vice President and Principal at HKS, Inc. 

FOX Architects, an up-and-coming firm at their 15th year, hosted the Northeast quad reception. NYIT Manhattan delegates had the chance to visit their firm and get to know their firm culture. This had been a chance to network with other student leaders from other school in the Northeast. Ultimately, the NYIT Manhattan delegates are leaving Washington DC motivated and excited to serve the chapter for the coming year.