Attend 2019’s Hottest Architecture & Design Conference

April 29, 2019 | 5 minute read

Are you heading to A’19, the AIA Conference on Architecture, next month? Smart move! Whether you’re an architecture student or have recently graduated, A’19, is your ticket to exclusive and extensive educational sessions, fresh insights from some of the industry’s most knowledgeable leaders, endless networking, and face-to-face time with potential employers.

New AIA members can register for free, and students can register for just $25. See details below or click here for more.

With more than 500 educational sessions and special events throughout the week, there’s no shortage of things to do at A’19.

Here are a few ideal sessions for students and new grads:

June 6 Coffee & Doughnuts with AIA Center for Emerging Professionals and AIA Students
Meet emerging professionals and architecture students from around the country. Learn more >

Design Snapshots: Award-winning Open Space Projects
Hear from Lake | Flato Architects, Matsys, Landing Studio, and Miller Hull Partnership. Learn more >

Emerging Professionals Party
Network the night away with recent grads and newly licensed architects at the fabulous Paris Las Vegas Hotel. Learn more >

June 7 Don’t Gamble On Your Future: Spin, Ask, Learn!
Get answers to questions on firm culture, career paths, responsibilities, and more by firm leaders and other employers at this interactive meet-and-greet. Learn more >

2+2 Achieving Outstanding Design: College of Fellows & Young Architects
What qualifies as excellent design? And what can we learn from it? Hear lessons learned from participants in the 2+2 Program and recipients of the Young Architects Award. Learn more >

Design Snapshots: Award-winning Adaptive Reuse
Hear from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Hariri Pontarini Architects, and Looney Ricks Kiss. Learn more >

June 8 Top 10 Tips for Passing the ARE
Get tried-and-true strategies for a more successful test experience. Learn more >

Blueprint for Better Communities: Project Successes & Failures
Learn how three champions are making a sizeable difference in their communities and hear their personal stories of success and failure close to home. Learn more >

Design Snapshots: Award-winning Cultural Spaces
Hear from BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), the Freelon Group, Adjaye Associates, Davis Brody Bond, SmithGroup, Snøhetta, and Dialog. Learn more >

Tips to make the most of your experience

If you’re feeling a tad overwhelmed by everything conference has to offer, check out these strategies for gaining confidence and maximizing your time.

Plan ahead

Browse the schedule in advance and create a calendar with your must-attend sessions. Make sure to register online for sessions to reserve your spot! Then, make a list of the manufacturers you don’t want to miss, in order by booth number, so you can walk the 200,000 sq. ft. Architecture Expo without missing a hot product and without having to retrace your steps.

Connect early
Check out the #A19Con hashtag on social media and join the conversation before the conference begins. You just might find folks you want to meet up with in person.

Update your résumé
You never know whom you’ll meet or what potential job opportunities may arise. Make sure your LinkedIn profile and résumé are up-to-date so you can quickly send them to firm leaders who express interest in learning more about you.

Update your digital portfolio
Similarly, make sure you can show your work at a moment’s notice. Depending on how you’ve compiled your portfolio, make sure it’s updated and ready to go so that you can pull it up on your smartphone, send a link, or hand over a flash drive.

Bring at least two pairs of comfy shoes
Walking all day on concrete, even concrete covered with carpet, gets tiring fast. Make sure your shoes are professional yet comfortable, and don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row.

Leave room in your suitcase
Inevitably, you’ll collect materials—whether brochures about products, giveaways, or business cards—so leave a little bit of space for bringing it home.

Join AIA for easy access to A’19

Attending the conference as a student or recent grad is simple—and affordable. AIA offers a 30% discount off of regular rates for young professionals, free registration for new members, and $25 registration for students. Click here to learn more.



Ready to Join AIA? Sign up for a free AIA membership for up to 18 months for new grads, and you’ll gain access to career resources including a salary calculator that can help you negotiate your salary, the industry’s premier job board, and extensive networking and education opportunities.

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