American Institute of Architecture Students

The Central Piedmont Community College Chapter of AIAS is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization.

It is affiliated with the Charlotte Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Chapter Activities

AIAS Lecture Series

The CPCC Chapter of the AIAS sponsors two to four lectures / presentations per semester by local design professionals. Topics explored range from current trends in architecture, interior design and planning, to career opportunities.

AIAS Mission

To promote excellence in architecture education, training and practice, the AIAS celebrates its membership in several ways. Members of the AIAS have the opportunity to have their work published in Crit, the only national journal devoted to the work and critical thoughts of architecture students. Each issue provides a dialogue of current issues facing architectural education and the profession.

To foster an appreciate of architecture and related disciplines, the AIAS hosts an annual convention, FORUM, providing students with the opportunity to learn about the issues facing architectural education and the profession, to meet students and professionals with common interests, and to interact with some of today's leading architects and designers.

To enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration, AIAS is taking a proactive approach to community service with several new policies. Among them is the updated public policy "Public Awareness Policy at National Events," that incorporates public service projects at all AIAS national events. The updated policy changes the format of AIAS's PreFORUM convention into a service event at which attendees make a significant contribution to the local community. In addition to this policy, the AIAS issues a community service handbook to all of its chapters with information on how they can affect their own communities.

To organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture, the AIAS represents the sole student voice in the decision making process of such organizations as The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).