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AIA Iowa Awards ACE High School Student College Scholarship

Monday, May 6, 2013  

AIA Iowa Awards ACE High School Student College Scholarship 


Des Moines, Iowa (May 6, 2013) – On March 12, 2013 the American Institute of Architects awarded East High School student Joseph Bahnsen a scholarship of $2,000, contributing to his plans to study Architecture at Iowa State University this upcoming fall. Bahnsen, a Des Moines Native, is a four year participant in the ACE Mentor Program of Central Iowa and is he first multi-year scholarship winner and a member of this year’s ACE competition team. ACE was created to address the growing need for skilled professionals in the architecture, construction and engineering industries - a shortage that could become a crisis if current trends continue. 


Bahnsen is actively involved in many different community and high school activities including the East High School National Honor Society, Boy’s Golf Team, Student Government, Fellowship of Christian Athlete, and Drama Club and AIA Iowa is proud to support him in his next journey. "The design and construction industries make up the societies in which we live. If you simply step outside and look around, chances are you are looking at something that was accomplished by a design and construction crew,” commented Bahansen. "Without architects, we as a society would not have the buildings we have to learn in, the buildings we have to work in, the park we have to play at, and the streets we have to drive on. Architects, contractors and engineers build and design everything around us to create a community in which people and society as a whole can prosper.” 


AIA Iowa Board of Directors President Linda Schemmel, AIA awarded Joseph Bahnsen his scholarship on March 12, 2013 at Science Center of Iowa. AIA Iowa is a proud supporter of the ACE Mentor Program and congratulates and wishes Joseph Bahnsen the best of luck on his journey in the architecture industry. 


For interviews or pictures, please contact Jessica Reinert at AIA Iowa, (515) 244-7502, or e-mail her at


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