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AIAS President shares advice for KU Architecture Students

Friday, October 23, 2015

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) National President, Danielle Mitchell, visits KU Department of Architecture Sunday, Oct. 18 and Monday, Oct. 19.

Throughout her visit, Mitchell met with KU’s AIAS Leadership Team, students in the department, architecture faculty and Dean Daas. Mitchell had the opportunity to spend time visiting with students, touring the department and offering feedback.

Mitchell was impressed with the structure of the program here at KU which allows students to experience specialized areas of architecture through community outreach, study abroad, national and international internships and professional practice and research partnerships. She encouraged the department to continue to have open conversations to promote a collaborative learning environment and comprehensive educational experience. Mitchell’s greatest advice for students was to recognize and utilize their voice in the field of architecture and architectural education. “You will get out of your education what you put into it. Always do more,” Mitchell said.

Danielle Mitchell is in the middle of her one-year term as National President. Throughout her time as president she and other members of the National AIAS Executive team will be visiting 30-40 Universities.

Mitchell attended Penn State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Mitchell has always had an interest in art and creating things which led her to the field of architecture. After completing her term as AIAS President, Mitchell plans to find a career of advocacy and education within the field. She would like to be a voice for architecture to outside professional communities.

Chair of Architecture, Paola Sanguinetti had the opportunity to visit with Danielle during her visit. “Danielle made great recommendations on how to connect our AIAS chapter with the local AIA. She also suggested a town hall meeting with our students in preparation for the accreditation visit next April.” Sanguinetti said.