Combining art, science, and technology

Careers in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture combine art, science and technology to solve problems, transform lives, and create a better world.



The Economic Impact of Interior Design
The total annual economic impact of the interior design sector is estimated to be over $96 billion. Get the facts on interior design's economic and fiscal impact on the United States and within each state.
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Scholarships are Available to Students in Architecture Programs
Architects use the power of design to solve problems, transform lives, and create a better world. The Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the AIA, celebrates architecture's value by advancing tomorrow's design leaders and preserving architectural treasures of the past. You've got big plans for your future. A scholarship from the Architects Foundation can help you reach them. Every year, the foundation awards thousands of dollars in architecture scholarships to high school students, architecture students in NAAB-accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and Architect Registration Exam (ARE) candidates who are working toward becoming licensed architects. Photo credit: University of the District of Columbia Architecture - Greg Powers, photographer.
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Discover a Career in Landscape Architecture
The American Society of Landscape Architects has launched a Career Discovery web site to help young people explore the profession of landscape architecture. To help teachers steer young people towards the field, a resource center has also been created, filled with classroom activities.
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From Student to Professional
You graduated from your interior design program. Now it’s time to tackle the next challenge: preparing for your career as a professional designer.
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Did You Know Green design depends on chemistry?
Green or eco-friendly interior design systems not only can conserve energy and natural resources, but also can contribute to an attractive, healthy building environment.
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Explore Careers in Architecture
Introducing architecture into the K-12 curriculum: Find out how AIA is working to bring architecture to students of all demographics and income groups, including new research into architecture and design education programs across the country.
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To Build a Green Economy, We Need a Green Workforce
If we want to make the shift to a green economy this century, then we need the workforce with the skills to get us there. If we want to address the crisis of climate change and accelerate our path to future sustainability and resilience, those working in green industries today and in the future continually need new knowledge and skills.
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Architecture

Through architecture, the environment where we live, work, play, worship and shop is designed to provide for a healthier and more enjoyable experience. Architects work collaboratively with a wide range of design and construction professionals to implement an imaginative, sustainable, and technically sophisticated approach to design our world.

What could America look like if we all looked up and saw the possibilities? We are creators, and builders. Today, architects are creating the future of America.

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Interior Design

Interior design is all about how we experience spaces. It’s a powerful, essential part of our daily lives and affects how we live, work, play, and even heal. Comfortable homes, functional workplaces, beautiful public spaces—that’s interior design at work. The best interior designers make it look easy, crafting spaces that anticipate our needs and appeal to our emotions, but in reality a broad set of skills and technical knowledge is required. Interior design has changed dramatically since the early 20th century when it was just beginning to emerge as a profession. To become a successful interior designer, you need a well-rounded education and the skills to work within many disciplines.

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Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture a diverse profession that designs, plans, and manages our land. Landscape architecture has strong roots in the U.S., and early examples, such as Central Park in New York City, are still much admired. Landscape architects design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and other projects that help improve communities. Landscape architects typically hold a bachelor's or master's degree in landscape architecture, covering a broad spectrum of design, science, and technical know-how. Topics include site design, historic preservation, planning, grading and drainage, horticulture, and even subjects like psychology.

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