Scholarship :: 2015 a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA

2015 a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship

Submit by: April 2, 2015

In anticipation of a significant increase in their design workload, a group of partners is strategizing an approach to finding qualified architectural staff. During the economic downturn that began in 2007 unemployment reached an all-time high and hiring by architectural firms plummeted. Correspondingly, anyone entering the architectural profession (and the construction industry in general) faced serious challenges finding employment. Firms are now challenged to find and recruit professionals with 3 – 5 years’ experience.

What are the qualities that would make this firm a likely choice for those in the millennial generation? How should the firm present those qualities to best appeal to millennials? What else could the firm do to deliver the increased workload?

Write a response, 300 words or less, on how you would manage the preceding practice management situation to a favorable conclusion.


Eligible applicants are:

  • Fourth year students in a NAAB accredited degree program, or
  • Fourth year students of a four-year pre-professional degree program in architecture accepted for direct entry to a two-year NAAB accredited M.Arch/D.Arch program, or
  • First year students in a NAAB accredited M.Arch/D.Arch degree program for students with undergraduate degrees in another discipline.

Eligible applicants must demonstrate an interest/or concentration in practice or risk management.

Application Submission Deadline: Thursday, April 2, 2015.


Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded toward the students’ university tuition and fees. The award check will be mailed directly to the university; it may not be deferred for use later or transferred to another individual.


The recipient will be selected by a sub-committee of AIA members serving on the Practice Management Knowledge Community Leadership Group and a representative from the a/e ProNet organization. Applications and supporting material become the property of the American Institute of Architects.

Results will be announced by May 30, 2015.

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