The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is composed of a national office and member chapters from all of the architecture colleges in the United States and one in Canada. The purpose of AIAS is to organize architecture students and combine their efforts to advance the science and art of architecture. The mission of AIAS is to promote excellence in architectural education, training, and practice, and to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines among all persons.
AIAS undertakes a variety of programs and services each year to achieve these goals by providing students with the opportunities to communicate and interact with each other about topics concerning education and professional design.
The main AIAS event of each academic year is "Forum." This event is a national convention held the week of Thanksgiving vacation in a host city. Representatives from every AIAS chapter in the United States are present for a week of education, lectures, sightseeing, and fun.