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the future of the profession. In addition we provide members numerous opportunities – such as conference sessions, competitions, and coordinated events – to receive IDP credit and achieve licensure faster than ever before. AIAS also gives students a competitive edge in the job market through supplemental educational resources and exposure to professionals they admire through our webinars. Career Starts Here. We look forward to these values converging at our annual conference. FORUM 2011 will be one of the largest and most empowering events our organization has ever seen. This year will not simply be a conference with amazing keynote lectures, inspiring sessions, eye opening tours, or the fabulous Beaux Arts Ball. The theme for the conference, “Solutions,” seeks to find resolutions to the problems that plague our society. We have proven time and again that FORUM is not just a party, but also an opportunity to promote change. This year we focus on a multitude of complex issues that face our planet and we need you, the members of the AIAS, to work to find solutions. For instance, several states have followed Arizona’s lead in setting controversial immigration laws. These laws respond to complex issues and were created by policymakers, not designers. These laws lack direction, ingenuity, and

understanding. Architecture students are meticulously trained to look at complex issues and create a series of powerful results, regardless of the problem, and can offer alternate perspectives. Immigration is just one issue among urban sprawl, transportation, water, economic diversity, and others that we must seek to engage for the betterment of the future. At FORUM 2011, we will bring our training, minds, and voices together for conversations about these issues to become an integral part of the solutions. Relevance Starts Here. When we began in 1956, our voice emerged with a mission to combine student efforts to effect change in our profession. We increased our relevance in 1981 when we became an independent non-profit organization, expanding to champion our own initiatives. In a world that faces myriad complex challenges we must work much more diligently. We must take equal share in these challenges, for we are the present, the pulse, and the current that will thrust our profession forward. To seek relevance is to look within and hold ourselves accountable for the future. The time is now for architecture to furiously capture the public once again through dynamic design and grounded integrity. Let it start with our generation. Let it start with the American Institute of Architecture Students. Let it start with you. C

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Crit: Journal of the AIAS Fall 2011  

Crit, a celebration of student work in the field of architecture (ISSN 0277 6863), is published by the American Institute of Architecture St...

Crit: Journal of the AIAS Fall 2011  

Crit, a celebration of student work in the field of architecture (ISSN 0277 6863), is published by the American Institute of Architecture St...

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