Once again standards were exceptionally high across the many excellent proposals received for the 2023 AIA Trust Component Grants Program. Over the last 17 years, Victor Insurance Managers, the partner-provider of the AIA Trust Professional Liability, Business Owners, and Cyber Liability Insurance Programs, have funded over $350,000 in grant awards made directly to components through this program to date. Five components were awarded grants for supporting component projects, conferences, and publications helping foster leadership, advance management education, and increase the effectiveness of professional practice.
It is always a difficult decision each year and after much deliberation the jury panel decided that the 2023 awards winners to receive $3,000 for their programs are:
AIA Boston Society of Architects (BSA) for their series of professional education programs including workshops, webinars, and panel discussions that will provide architects with the knowledge, skills, and tools to approach their work in new innovative ways addressing equity and climate issues in the built environment.
AIA North Carolina for a 3-day conference in Asheville, NC planned by AIA Triangle, AIA Charlotte, and AIA Georgia. Participants will include emerging professionals, young architects, and other early to mid-career professionals who will be offered the opportunity to network and learn from respected architects and AIA fellows through a variety of educational mediums.
AIA New Orleans for their mentorship program pairing local minority architecture students with established architects, beginning with Tulane University before continuing to two more universities in Louisiana. Up to 20 students will be paired with 20 mentors during each phase of the program and will discuss portfolios and resumes, interviews, documentation, and Revit.
AIA San Francisco for their AIASF Design Technology Symposium which will be a day-long event that will include a roundtable of experts who will look at the future of cross-collaboration, business culture best practices, diversity and belonging, talent and leadership development, and personal development of women in Architecture and Technology.
AIA Seattle for collaborating with NOMA NW and the Racial Justice Working Group (RJWG) to offer a series of four 3-hour online sessions on addressing culture change in practice to better meet the needs of the community. The entire session will be attended by 20 Architects and Allied Professionals in Firm Leadership.
Congratulations once again to all our grant recipients! We truly appreciate the time and energy that goes into these submissions and we look forward to recognizing more components in 2024!
Application information for 2024 grant applications will be made available on www.TheAIATrust.com in January.