In 1971 the AIA Las Vegas Chapter began working with the Southern Nevada Homebuilders Association to establish a High School Design Awards program. Through this program talented high school students are recognized, rewarded and encouraged to continue in a career path that will bring them to architecture as design professionals. By 1988 the AIA Las Vegas Chapter took over the program and has built an twenty-year history with this program.
Many of the recipients of AIA High School Design Awards have gone on to attend the UNLV School of Architecture, to be recognized with AIA scholarships, to be mentored by AIA architects and to complete their internship and ARE exams while working for AIA member firms. Many are now successful practicing architects in Las Vegas.
This very important program recognizes and rewards young design talent from the drafting and art classes of Clark County High Schools. At the beginning of the Fall semester each year, a “design challenge” is issued to the students in area high schools. They work on their projects under the supervision of their instructors and AIA Advisors to each school. In the Spring, their work is juried, and the best work for each school is recognized and rewarded at the “AIA LV High School Design Awards” program.
2017 High School Design Competition Needs Advisors and Mentors
What are you doing this spring? Want to go to school...and help CCSD's young drafting students to learn, understand and appreciate architecture? Here's your chance!
Each year AIA Las Vegas hosts the High School Design Competition in ClarkCounty's High Schools. The chair of this year's program is Ryan Sisti, Assoc. AIA and he has designed a great 'design challenge' to present to the students. We are in need of mentors who can volunteer their time to help answer questions, critique work, and add valuable insight to these students design projects. If you'd like to be an advisor and help to inspire young minds, please contact