Books Make a Difference
AIA Dallas serves as the voice for our architecture profession. It has evolved to become more than just a platform to exchange ideas and dialogue, but also to educate and be a resource to our communities. Within our AIA Dallas Chapter, the Latinos in Architecture Network has taken the charge to lead the annual book drive “From an Architect’s Bookshelf.”
Now in its fifth year, the annual book drive has collected and donated over THREE THOUSAND BOOKS and influenced many students from ten high schools. When a designer donates a book, we ask them to write a small quote on the inside of the book. This way, when the students look at the books and read the quotes, they find not only a sense of inspiration but also connection to our professionals in Dallas.
The Annual “From an Architect’s Bookshelf” book drive has become a catalyst for architecture education in Dallas area schools. We are not just providing a book, we are motivating and inspiring students to stay in school, pursue a higher education, and eventually become architects that shape our city. This year, we had the privilege to visit with talented students at McArthur High School and the North Dallas High School.
Initially, we started with the idea that we wanted to inspire the architects of tomorrow; we wanted to share the beauty of our profession… Today, the program has grown to be a true advocate of our architecture profession. It continues to reach more students and engage more professionals at every level. This year’s book drive was a success, and it is our hope that it continues to grow in donations, participants, and impact to our community. Stay tuned for the 2016 “From an Architects’ Bookshelf.”