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.
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