Tuskegee student elected vice president of national architecture organization


TUSKEGEE, Alabama (January 4, 2013) — Jennifer Taylor, a senior from Montgomery, Ala., will serve as vice president for the American Institute of Architecture Students. The architecture major was selected in December during the organization’s annual meeting in Savannah, Ga. As part of her duties, Taylor will work and reside in Washington, D.C. to represent students from accredited architecture schools in the nation. After graduating in the spring, she will begin her one-year tenure and also serve on several national committees such as the National Architectural Accrediting Board and school accrediting teams.

“I chose to run on a national level because the AIAS chapter at Tuskegee really gave our students a voice and we created about three first-time events which allowed our students to gain more professional development,” Taylor said. “Because of the caliber of experiences that our AIAS chapter was able to give our students, I feel like I would be able to provide those kind of experiences for students on the national level.”

At Tuskegee, Taylor serves as: a Architecture Student Leadership Council member; a Tuskegee Ambassador; and a member of Alpha Kappa Mu and Tau Sigma Delta honor societies. As the past president of the university’s chapter of AIAS, she undertook several initiatives aimed at enhancing the professional preparation of architecture students.

Taylor led several fundraising events so students could attend conferences; she was the founder and editor of the AIAS Annual Chapter Newsletter. She also invited local architects to participate in a networking event that featured resumes and portfolio critiques for Tuskegee students. Under her leadership the chapter was selected as National Chapter Leader of the Month in January 2012. 

“Architecture is the type of major where professional development is everything and exposure is so important to our students,” Taylor said. “It gives you a heads-up to know what is expected of you after you graduate.”

Taylor has an internship with Sherlock, Smith and Adams, an architecture and engineering firm in Montgomery. Her ultimate goal is to become a licensed architect and hold a position at a firm striving to practice and promote environmentally conscious design.

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