AIA In The Community
Citizen Architects are civically engaged architects serve their communities by applying their insights, talents, training, and experience to actively advocate and support initiatives that enhance the quality of life and future of the communities they serve
The Monona Terrace biennial Terrace Town program challenges Dane County classrooms to design and build models of sustainable communities. Teachers work in partnership with volunteer "mentors"- architects, planners, and design professionals- to facilitate the students' work over several months. AIA Wisconsin Architects in Schools hosted a LEGO building area and "Design Your Dream House" activity area at the Terrace Town celebration. Kids of all ages designed creative houses with the help of local Architects.
K-12 Architects in Schools Programs
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Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity provides decent, affordable houses to families in need. Habitat homeowners gain self-respect as they work alongside volunteers to construct their homes. Since 1976, HFH has built or repaired over 400,000 houses worldwide for more than 2 million people.
Scouting volunteers come to Scouting from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Plumbers, lawyers, housewives, teachers, doctors, janitors, and scientists — people from just about every occupation imaginable – are involved in leading youth to become responsible, caring, and competent citizens.
Since 1912, Girl Scouts has built girls of "courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place." Girl Scout volunteers are a diverse group of women and men whose expertise, skills, interests, and life experiences nurture each girl's individuality and leadership qualities.
Piazza di LEGO
In collaboration with MSOE, American Institute of Architects – Milwaukee and Milwaukee Public Schools, children of all ages attending the 2011 Festa Italiana in Milwaukee are welcome to participate in a daily LEGO contest at the North end of the Summerfest grounds. Each day, kids will be given visual icons of famous structures in Italy to resconstruct out of LEGOs for the chance to win a daily prize.
Annual "Roll Up Your Sleeves" Blood Drive
Sponsored by AIA Milwaukee, this annual event encourages architects and the public to donate blood to the BloodCenter of Wisconsin. All qualified donors are welcome, no need to be an architect.
Canstruction, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that holds annual design and build competitions to construct fantastic, giant sized, structures made entirely out of canned food. In each city after the structures are built and the winners declared the creations go on view to the general public as giant art exhibits. At the close of the competitions all of the food used in the structures is donated to the local food banks for distribution to community emergency feeding programs.
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