The CMU chapter of AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) was honored with several awards from the national organization of AIAS this past year. CMU was named the winner of the 2018 Chapter Honor Award, and last year’s chapter president Zain Islam-Hashmi was named the winner of the 2018 Chapter President Honor Award.
Zain was also named a 2019 AIAS CRIT Scholar, a research-based program supported by the AIA that promotes student research and serves as an exclusive opportunity for students to receive further guidance in their own research from a professional advisor. The long-term objective is to encourage students to be actively involved in furthering architectural innovation in support of the design profession through mentored research projects embedded in academia and practice. The scholars will present their final projects at the CRIT Live: AIAS Research Symposia to be hosted at CMU on 30 March 2019.
Students from the CMU AIAS chapter traveled to Seattle over the winter break to receive the awards during the Forum 2018 conference. Learn more on the AIAS website and read notes from the jury below.
AIAS Chapter Honor Award Winner: Carnegie Mellon University
Notes from the Jury: The jury was impressed by the level of rigor the chapter went through to reinvent and reimagine their programming having used data, town halls, and other avenues to pursue their members. In addition to getting their larger community involved, the chapter really worked to tackle socio-economic issues their peers and members faced. They had the most well-rounded application. The package was beautiful, the support material was wonderful. They gave more information than we asked for, and clearly worked really well with the administration. The integration into their academics, studio culture, and school community is clear and intentional. The letters of recommendation were strong, clear, and unique. Well done Carnegie Mellon team!! Congratulations!
AIAS Chapter President Honor Award Winner: Zain Islam-Hashmi (Carnegie Mellon University)
Notes from the Jury: This was an outstanding submittal. The letters of recommendation were pointed and in unique support of their candidate. Zain is a well-rounded student and clearly succeeded in each piece he had submitted. We appreciated the conversation about the chapter crash that happened post hosting a quad and that Zain was able to balance research and other curricular pursuits while still lifting his peers to new heights. Thank you for demonstrating a balance between AIAS involvement, education, and extracurriculars. Well done and congratulations!