Members of Congress: Support the National Design Services Act (NDSA)!
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Members of Congress: Support the National Design Services Act (NDSA)!

    1. Evan Litvin
    2. Petition by

      Evan Litvin

      Philadelphia, PA

The National Design Services Act (NDSA) is a bill promoted by the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Architecture Students that enables architecture students and recent graduates to contribute design services in their communities in exchange for much needed student loan assistance. Architecture students are burdened by the some of the highest school-based debt balances in the nation’s history, with an average undergraduate debt load of $40,000.

The federal government encourages similar student loan aid for impactful philanthropic programs in fields such as medicine, law and even veterinary medicine. Architecture students and recent graduates can provide design services that help communities recover, beautify and even design new structures that are functional and aesthetically pleasing.

As a field, architecture is about people and their relationship to the built environment. Achitects are trained to be innovative, out of the box problem solvers with excellent critical thinking skills. The NDSA is an opportunity to leverage this wealth of talent for the purpose of improving our cities and neighborhoods throughout the United States. This real world experience will help individuals become more thoughtful, civic minded architects, grounded in the real world issues that effect their community while also easing the burden of stifling student loan debt that plagues architectural education. 

 According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) the NDSA will:

-Support student loan aid for the graduating classes of young professionals who are burdened by some of the highest school-based debt balances in the nation’s history.

-Encourage young architects to play a larger role in the design direction of their community and to increase engagement with rebuilding and constructing for the future.

-Help underperforming and underutilized communities revitalize through an infusion of new project ideas from the next generation of skilled design pros.

-Allow young architects to gain invaluable, real-world experience while helping their communities in a tangible way.

Please help the American Institute of Architects get this legislation introduced and enacted by signing this petition and passing it along to other people in the architectural field.


For more information look at the following links:

Read the National Design Services Act

More information from the American Institute of Architects

More information from the American Institute of Architects



U.S. House of Representatives
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Young architects have the energy and talent to make a difference in our cities and communities. Please support the National Design Services Act so that we can leverage that talent for real change while also helping to ease the burden of massive student debt that many young architects face.

Please support the National Design Services Act (NDSA)!

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jodan Gilles JAMAICA, NY
      • 8 days ago

      I'm signing because I am a current architecture student who will be in student loan debt

    • james childs DAPHNE, AL
      • 9 days ago

      The future architects of this country, pride of communities, and America’s cityscapes are important. Responsible stewardship of our communities is important and should be handed down to future generations. Just as we preserve our national park systems for future generations, we should seek to preserve and improve our communities through design. I support helping hardworking students that have taken on the challenges of becoming architects.

    • Miguel Vargas PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 17 days ago

      There are plenty of reasons why I am in favor of this Act, but mainly on principal. Design Professionals suffer during hard financial times and the lingering effects are not just limited to the lack of jobs but also the stunting growth of the salaries nationwide.

    • Jacquelyn Albano CHESTER, NJ
      • 17 days ago

      I have been through four years of undergraduate school and three years of graduate school for architecture. The amount of debt that I am in is astronomical due to the cost of universities as well as materials and textbooks. I will be struggling my whole life to pay off this debt because of picking a career that can not only better my community but also a career that I love.

    • Simon Deng TEMPE, AZ
      • about 1 month ago

      I am an architecture student facing a future of debt.


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