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Iowa Center for Architecture


The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa) and the Iowa Architectural Foundation (IAF) are housed in The Iowa Center for Architecture, a resource for the public, architects, and building industry professionals.

The Center fosters communication between the public, design, and construction communities across the state. It is the State’s leading cultural institution focusing on architecture, driving positive change through the power of design. We host exhibitions, programs, and many special events to encourage collaboration and to invite the public to experience architecture and design. 

Iowa Center for Architecture programming includes:

• Walking Tours
• Adult Classes on Various Design-Related Topics
• Field Trips Tours and Special Presentations for Students
• Community Design Charrettes
• Children’s Art Competitions
• Lectures and Special Events
• Photo Salon Category at the Iowa State Fair
• Monthly Architecture Firm Displays
• Speakers Bureau
• Study Groups
• Resources Related to Hiring an Architect
• State-wide People’s Choice Design Competition
• Iowa Architect Magazine
• Iowa’s Disaster Assistance and Iowa Building Safety Assessment & Failure Evaluation Team (BSAFE)
• Advocacy for the Design Profession
• Career Center
• Scholarships
• History of Architects and Architecture in Iowa

The Iowa Center for Architecture is the first LEED® Commercial Interior Platinum project in the State of Iowa and the conference room and flex space are available for rent to businesses and organizations that need a space to host meetings, lectures, presentations, social events or luncheons. The office is professionally designed and overlooks Cowles Commons. Amenities include wireless internet, audio visual equipment, a kitchen, and a flexible layout. Learn more about the programming and renting our space here.


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