The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is the official student body organization in the Department of Architecture at UNL. As the liaison between the students and practicing professionals, the organization provides close contact with the American Institute of Architects and its members as well as student organizations from other universities. In addition, the AIAS represents the student body on various faculty committees, makes recommendations to the department, hosts visiting speakers, and organizes various social activities. All students in the department are encouraged to actively participate in this organization, ideally joining in their freshman year.
The AIAS chapter at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln is part of a larger, independent, 501c3 non-profit and student-run organization that is more than just a club. This grassroots association is a cooperative between thousands of students in North America (of all ages and academic degrees) committed to helping each other. It provides a sense of community and a forum to share differing views. The AIAS is also a professional organization that is the official voice of architecture students.
The Mission of the AIAS:
To promote excellence in architecture education, training and practice.
To foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines.
To enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration.
To organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.