It is with great honor that iitAIAS (Illinois Institute of Technology Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students) announces its selection to host the National FORUM conference in 2013.
FORUM is the annual meeting of AIAS and the premier global gathering of architecture and design students. Each year, FORUM hosts over 1000 students from around the country and around the world. This national conference provides students with opportunities to learn about important issues facing architectural education and the profession. It provides opportunities to meet students, educators and professionals with common interest, and to interact with some of today’s leading architects through keynote addresses, tours, workshops, and seminars. Every year, FORUM is held over the New Year holiday, hosted by chapters from around North America that have been voted upon two years in advance.
iitAIAS bid to host this conference this past year at FORUM 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. Through a bid packet, presentation, and advertising material, the Council of Presidents voted upon Chicago as the location for FORUM 2013! This will bring vibrancy to not only the organization but to the College and University. This conference will bring together emerging professionals and relevant discussions to IIT’s campus and the city of Chicago. As we fight to define the importance of architecture in the urbanized environment AIAS works to define the involvement of students in this change.
FORUM 2013 will be a chance for every member to explore the world of architecture in Chicago. The city’s architectural heritage is considered to be among the finest in the world. Arguably the birthplace of the modern skyscraper, Chicago has been surpassing its Limits ever since its destruction in 1871.
Daniel H. Burnham once said, “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that noble, local diagram once recorded will not die.”