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Monday, March 3, 2014

The Fun with AIAS Never Ends!

The American Institute of Architecture Students Minnesota Chapter has been having a lot of fun lately! We participated in the annual Skyway Open event where firms and student organizations design and build mini golf holes based on a certain theme. Then, the public is allowed to come and play the holes during the scheduled event weekend. This year, we designed a hole based on our Quad theme of 'Bridging.' Everyone involved had a great time building the hole and then playing it.

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AIAS Minnesota also participated in the annual AIA Bowling Night held at Bryant Lake Bowl. Each year we participate in this event with other architecture professionals and University staff. It is an absolute blast and wonderful networking opportunity! This year, we made Archihat's and wore our AIAS Minnesota t-shirts as part of the best dressed award. Below is a photo of our AIAS team and the UMN Faculty who participated in the event.

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Lastly, we have been incredibly busy but absolutely excited about hosting the Spring Quad Conference here in Minneapolis! The conference is one month away and we are finalizing details as we go. The conference weekend will include multiple opportunities to network with professionals and other students from the Midwest AIAS chapters. Thus far we are collaborating with HGA and MS&R for firm tours, site tours of Pillsbury A-Mill with BKV Group, tours of the Central Library and the Guthrie with Architectural Alliance, a construction site tour of the Interchange Station with 4RM+ULA, and a tour of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Building with BWBR.

The fun does not stop there! Once Saturday events are over, conference attendees will head to the McNamara Alumni Center for dinner, a keynote presentation with John Cary (a past AIAS Minnesota president who has grown to become one of the fore fronting leaders in Public Interest Design) and the anticipated Beau Arts Ball! Our theme this year for the dance is 'White Out, Brite Out' and will include white backdrops with splashes of color coming from lighting effects and party favors.

Check out the Quad Conference Facebook page and website to learn more.

AIAS is a wonderful organization and I hope in your educational journey that you will become a member!

Until next time,
B.S. in Architecture