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AIAS, Vectorworks Partner to Support Student Designers

March 2, 2018
The software firm is sponsoring the AIAS InStudio Render/Sketch competition.

The American Institute of Architecture Students entered into a partnership with global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks. The software firm signed on for a Gold Partnership and is sponsoring the AIAS InStudio Render/Sketch competition, which launched last fall.

“With the success of such a relevant competition to our membership, we discussed broadening our relationship with Vectorworks, a company who is at the forefront of this technology,” said Kimberly Tuttle, director of leadership and career services at the AIAS.

AIAS members will be asked to share their sketches and renderings to highlight their studio work and to provide inspiration for those looking to enhance their own skill sets. This competition is open to students of all years and skill sets. The first-place winner will receive $300, with second- and third-place winners taking home $200 and $100, respectively. Last year’s winning entries can be viewed here

“Vectorworks is passionate about supporting the next generation of designers, so partnering with the highly-respected American Institute of Architecture Students was an obvious choice because we desire to inspire students by showing them what’s possible with design and BIM,” said Daniel Monaghan, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “We look forward to doing so by collaborating with the student-run organization on upcoming projects, competitions and events.”

Part of the partnership allows Vectorworks to exhibit at the AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington, July 19-22. The conference is a platform to discuss chapter leadership and business leadership, community involvement and innovation. Attendees can learn from local CEOs, founders, government officials and professionals.

Additionally, Vectorworks will be at the AIAS FORUM, Dec. 29-Jan. 1, in Seattle. Held every year over the winter holiday, members hear from sponsors, learn from other leaders, discuss issues relevant to architecture and design education and conduct official AIAS business.

“AIAS members like to live on the edge of design, technology and innovation,” said Nick Serfass, executive director of the AIAS. “As the next generation of architects, the AIAS is excited to partner with Vectorworks, a next-generation technology company.”