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Fourteen Students “Unified” at AIAS Conference

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Over winter break 14 students from the School’s American Institute of Architecture Students chapter traveled to Chicago to attend the AIAS Forum, whose theme was “Unified.”

Eleven hundred students from over 60 different architecture schools attended the four-day event. The gathering provided architecture students from across the nation the opportunity to exchange ideas, network, and be inspired by the power of architecture.

“We heard from pioneers of the most cutting edge architecture out there,” said student Elisa Rombold. “Seminars, workshops, and keynote addresses opened our eyes to amazing possibilities, many of which lie outside the realms of traditional architecture.

“Not only did we hear from architects but also artists, entrepreneurs, inspirational speakers, other students, and designers,” she said.

One highlight for the group was a visit to Gensler. David Broz, who graduated from the Architecture Department and was recently made a partner with the firm. He gave the students a sneak peek at their design for KU’s new School of Business building.

“The school’s awesome financial support enabled more of our members to attend than would have otherwise been possible,” said Austin Griffis, AIAS president. “Hopefully even more KU students will be able to attend Forum in Nashville next year.”

Students making the trip were Katie Beckwith, Jordan Chamberlain, Vincent Cunigan, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Vincent Graceffa, Patrick Griffin, Austin Griffis, Erica Hernly, Jessica Luber, Nicole Mater, Elisa Rombold, Leigha Sledge, Patrick Witthaus, and Rachel Wotawa.