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March 2016 | Issue 10

New Report Demonstrates ACE's Impact

Read the latest results of ACE’s impact on students, schools, and the design and construction industry in the just-released, six-page report, ACE Makes a Difference.  It is based on large-scale surveys of ACE students and alumni late last spring. The report demonstrating ACE’s value will be of special interest to sponsors and schools.

A digital copy of the report can be downloaded here. Affiliates can order hard copies, printed as an attractive trifold brochure, in the Behind the Scenes section of the website.  Thanks to the EMCOR Group for its support in producing this new resource.


Scholarship Opportunities at Fallingwater Summer Studios

ACE and Fallingwater are providing scholarships this year for aspiring ACE architecture students to participate in one of two weeklong studios at Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s world famous house. One full scholarship covering meals, housing, and materials is available as are partial scholarships.  The latter will need to be matched by the student recipients or their affiliates.  Students or their affiliates are responsible for travel to Pittsburgh.  (Transportation from the airport to Fallingwater will be provided.) 

Ten students per studio session is the maximum enrollment. The first studio (July 17-23) is geared toward students with basic background in architecture, while the second session (July 24-30) is aimed at students with a little more experience.  Read more about the camps here.

Applications should be made directly to Fallingwater.  May 1 is the deadline.  Eligibility is limited to students completing their sophomore and junior years in high school.  Affiliate leaders and mentors should contact their respective ACE Regional Directors for more information.

National Architecture Week

April 7-13 marks National Architecture Week, a time to showcase the contributions of the many ACE mentors who are architects.  They inspire the next generation of America’s built environment designers.  Twenty percent (20%) of seniors completing ACE in 2015 declared majors in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture.

Society of Women Engineers Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) earmarks a number of scholarships, worth up to $7,000, for female high school students entering college in engineering.  ACE has a significant number of students who qualify.  For more information, visit here.  May 15 is deadline.  In addition to the national scholarships, many SWE chapters also offer scholarships.

Ideas You Can Use

  • Many affiliates annually salute an outstanding mentor.  The Houston affiliate has come up with a new twist:  they also recognize a “rookie of the year” mentor.  This year a husband-and-wife mentor team Luis Tamayo and Sofia Velasquez won the award.
  • On its webpageNortheast Florida introduces all its mentors in a novel way.  Their bios are responses to a set of intriguing questions.
  • Affiliates now can share with potential sponsors a succinct new case study describing ways they can become involved in ACE and the benefits they gain.  The Gilbane Building Company’s connections with ACE are presented in a chapter of the new Work and Learn Guidebook.
Affiliate Roundup
  • The Twin Cities affiliate has enjoyed a record-setting year.   Student participation grew 39% to 68, and the 62 mentors almost doubled from a year ago.  At the affiliate’s final presentation event earlier this month, $14,500 in scholarships were awarded, up from $8,500 last year.
  • Los Angeles’s Spotlight Award dinner netted an unprecedented $150,000.   A highlight of the evening was a panel of student interviews.

  • Impact” was the theme of Chicago’s annual luncheon in February, which raised $240,000, a new record.  Three short videos premiered at the luncheon.  They can be viewed here.
  • Geoffrey Baer, a local PBS host, served as master of ceremonies.  He conducted on-the-spot interviews with students and other audience members about ACE’s impact.  These interviews were projected on a large screen for everyone to appreciate. 
  • The Louisville affiliate has embarked on a two-year project that will involve students and mentors in the Iroquois Urban Farm Project, a farm-to-table initiative involving the Louisville Metro Government and several community organizations.  Mentors and students will help design and construct three buildings on a seven-acre site.  More details will be forthcoming.
Upcoming Events
April 25  

ACE national board meeting and National Design Competition, Washington, DC 


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