Allied Members are not Architects, but are professionals in related fields, who collaborate with and support Architects in the creation of the built environment.

Accepting applications through April 15, 2020, 11:59 pm

The members of the American Institute of Architects, Long Beach/South Bay (AIA LBSB), are pleased to provide this scholarship program to help support the education of future architects from the Long Beach and South Bay area!

Two one-time $1,000 scholarships are available: One for a 2020 graduating high school senior, and one for a current community college student, who will be attending a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in the fall of 2020.   (Please check with NAAB to confirm that your architecture school is eligible.)

All applicants should submit the application and requirements no later than Sunday, March 1, 2020, 11:59 pm. All scholarships will be awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee of the AIA LBSB. The winners will be announced before April 1st.

AIA LBSB utilizes an online portal with Submittable for our scholarship program.  As an applicant, you will be required to create an account.  There is no fee associated with our application portal.  Once you create an account you may start the application.  You may save it in draft form until you are ready to submit.


  1. Applicant must be graduating from a high school OR applicant must be a current student at a community college that is located within the AIA LBSB chapter area (view map).
  2. Proof of an offer and acceptance to a NAAB accredited architecture school for the fall 2019 term.
  3. One PDF upload not to exceed 8 MB in size that includes all of the following:


A one-page typed outline that lists your accomplishments and experiences. Suggested items to include are contact information, awards received, courses completed, work experience, travel, extracurricular activities, interests and/or volunteer experience.

        A “Why” Paragraph

In 100 words or less, explain why you want to become an architect.

        Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation from an instructor or non-academic source, excluding family members.

        Examples of Work (Portfolio)

Include four (4) examples of personal artwork, drawings, graphics, photographs and/or architectural design projects. Applicants are encouraged to include diverse examples of their work; creativity in content and presentation is strongly encouraged. These examples should be in landscape format (11″ x 8.5″) so that the committee members may view them in full on a computer or TV monitor.

If you have any questions pertaining to this scholarship program, please do not hesitate to ask Our committee members are here to help.

Questions pertaining to the content of your upload may be emailed to Scholarship Committee co-chair, Bob Murrin, FAIA, at  Technical and formatting questions may be addressed to Kristine Hammond, AIA LBSB Executive Director, at or by calling 562-989-1399.

Thank you for your interest and good luck!


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