Do I have to be an AIA member to apply?
Though AIA membership is encouraged for all scholars, it is not mandatory. Preference will be given to AIA Silicon Valley members, though other allied organization members are welcome to submit an application for consideration.
Do I have to have a nomination from my firm to apply?
Individuals may be nominated by their firm or can nominate themselves and will be selected on the basis of a written application, recommendations, and resume.
Review the Full application requirements here.
What is the involvement of my firm, if any?
Other than an optional nomination letter, all participants must sign an Agreement Form. This form will require a signature from one of the participant’s principals of their firm/agency. The agreement certifies that the firm will give the candidate time off for the class sessions once a month.
Does this program provide AIA continuing education credits?
It is intended that this program will have AIA CE credit made available for its participants up to a potential 35 CEUs.
Will I Gain HSW credits for this program?
The percentage that is eligible for HSW is dependent on the curriculum designed by the participants.
Am I required to attend all sessions?
The program’s success is directly related to the attendance by the participants and therefore attendance is mandatory. One excused absence will be permitted. Before you apply, please review session dates against personal and work calendars.
What if I miss more than one session?
If two sessions are missed, a fine of $50 will be sent to the participants’ firm/agency. A further absence will result in an additional $50 fine and expulsion from the program.
Is there a cost to this program?
Tuition for AIA Members is $450 and non-AIA member tuition is $550. This fee goes directly to supporting the sessions with speaker fees, participant travel reimbursement, space rental, food and refreshments.
Are there any scholarships available to help with program fees?
AIA Silicon Valley may choose to offer tuition assistance to AIA members who may be from small firms that would otherwise not be able to participate. The amount and number of tuition assistance will be at the discretion of the Advisory Committee.
An application for this assistance is made available here.