Archinect - News 2014-12-19T23:34:11-05:00 A Call for Design Entrepreneurs Archinect 2012-05-07T14:25:00-04:00 >2012-05-07T18:49:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MASS Design Group is one of a handful of nonprofits showing that design isn&rsquo;t just for the wealthy, nor is it just image-making. The challenge, for MASS and others trying to do public service design work, is to make their operations financially sustainable. As students, MASS provided much of their work on the Butaro Hospital pro bono, but they are not students anymore. The staff of MASS eclipsed 20 in the past year...</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ShowCase: Butaro Hospital in Rwanda</a></p> Architects Support Students' Call for Pro Bono Work in Exchange for Loan Relief Archinect 2012-04-25T18:24:00-04:00 >2012-05-28T02:09:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) today called for Congress to pass legislation that includes architecture school graduates in the same programs that offer other graduates loan debt assistance if they donate their services to their communities and elsewhere.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The AIA/AIAS initiative comes as both President Obama this past weekend and likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney today urged Congress to head off a scheduled increase in student loan interest rates this July.</p> <p> Also today, the AIAS released a survey of almost 600 architect school graduates showing that graduating architecture students carry a much higher amount of undergraduate student debt - $40,000 on average &ndash; than the national student loan debt average of $25,000. AIAS members will visit Capitol Hill in July to lobby lawmakers on these issues.</p> <p> &ldquo;There are numerous opportunities for young talented architects to use their skills to help rebuild our nation&rsquo;s communities,&rdquo; said AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA. &ldquo;Yet, more and more young architects are leaving the profession because they cannot afford to remain; this brain-drain will have major implications for our communities and the construction industry in the years ahead.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;The AIA and AIAS are not asking for a ...</p> Toward A Vision — The Great Lakes Century Archinect 2012-03-28T14:12:00-04:00 >2012-03-29T01:41:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="161" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Great Lakes Century is a pro bono initiative of SOM's City Design Practice. We found dozens of important efforts to clean and protect the Lakes and the St. Lawrence, but no comprehensive vision for their entire ecosystem. So we did what we do: took a comprehensive look at the natural setting, how unenlightened human hands had messed it up, and then created a set of strategic principles &ndash; to begin a broad-based, bi-national dialogue (which we had never done before).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>