AIA National: Committed to Community

Date: Saturday, June 28
Time: 8:30-10 a.m.
Room: S103C, McCormick Place
Location: AIA National, Chicago, IL
LUs: 1.5
Register (You must be registered for AIA National to attend)

Charitable organizations connect social, environmental, and economic boundaries while promoting skill development, socialization, networking, and cultural exchange. Through charity work, interns are introduced to the many benefits of volunteering in support of their local community. Additionally, for approved Community Based Design Centers/Collaboratives (CBDC/C), the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) allows volunteer interns the potential to earn core Intern Development Program (IDP) credit toward their architecture license. Ultimately, your charitable organization can benefit from interns who are passionate about the built environment and can offer the skills you need to get a project off the ground. While on the flip side, interns can take advantage of the opportunity to earn unique skills and gain valuable experience toward their professional goals.

Through participation in the CBDC/C program within NCARB’s IDP, your community-based design center/collaborative organization can increase its volunteer base; expand the area you serve providing an even greater community impact; take on additional opportunities that may require architectural knowledge and skills; and provide emerging professionals with valuable learning experiences.

Learn how your organization can apply and participate in the CBDC/C program within NCARB’s IDP and foster a sense of stewardship in our emerging professionals. Listen to the success stories of three NCARB recognized organizations, how they got started, the challenges they encountered, the professional and personal growth of all involved, and the impact on their communities.


  • Michelle L. Kinasiewicz, Assistant Director, Internship + Education, NCARB
  • Audrey Galo, Program Coordinator, Architecture for Humanity
  • David W. Hinson, Professor and School Head, Auburn University
  • Kenneth A. Schwartz, Dean, Tulane School of Architecture

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