AIA San Fernando Valley

The AIA San Fernando Valley is a local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The AIA advocates for the value of architecture and design across the built environment. Their work drives positive change through the power of design. The local chapter offers many services to members and the community, including support for student scholarships and continuing education. The San Fernando Valley Chapter continues to support student photography alongside the Julius Shulman Institute.

AIA San Fernando Valley

Giving Options

Click below to support the AIA San Fernando Valley Endowment Fund.

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AIA SFV Endowment Fund

The AIA San Fernando Valley Chapter Scholarship Endowment fund is our gift to Woodbury University as a seed from which this endowment will grow in perpetuity. This fund is embraced by former and future students and is very rewarding to all of AIA SFV Board who participated in creating and nurturing the gift to maturity.

We are committed to a long term relationship with Woodbury University – the only accredited Architectural School within our Chapter boundaries. Please contact the chapter offices for further information about supporting our scholarship programs benefiting Woodbury University’s School of Architecture students.

“Since 2001, AIA|SFV has awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships to approximately 120 Woodbury School of Architecture students. The AIA SFV Fund Award recipients are selected by AIA SFV jury members through the review of submitted architectural portfolios.”


— AIA|SFV
Alex Kim
GPA Award

Alex Kim

Student Alex Kim was named winner of the $1,000 GPA Award from AIA|SFV as part of the annual Grand Critique. Kim earned the George G. Terpatsi AIA Memorial Scholarship, which honors the student with the highest GPA.

 

“AIA San Fernando, I would like to thank you for awarding me the George G. Terpatsi Memorial Scholarship Award. This last semester of my architecture education would not have been possible without the funds from this award. As someone who grew up in the San Fernando Valley it makes me proud to know that there are architecture professionals in my area that support the dreams of the students within their community. I recently participated in the graduation commencement at Woodbury University and I now have my B.A. in Architecture. I have recently accepted a full time position at an architecture firm and I can’t wait to begin my professional career. I am truly grateful for your generosity and I look forward to becoming a member of AIA SF in the near future.”

Michael Chin
Student Choice

Michael Chin

Student Michael Chin was named winner of the $1,000 Student Choice scholarship from AIA|SFV as part of the annual Grand Critique. Chin received the Rudolph De Chellis FAIA Scholarship Award, which recognizes the outstanding student architect as voted on by fellow Woodbury architecture students.

 

“I am truly grateful I ended up at Woodbury. I loved studio from the first day. I finally felt like I had found the place for me, creating, building, and designing. I never could have imagined the diversity of the classes and the sincerity of the instructors, in and out of studio. I want to thank the AIA for your support in my final year of completing my Bachelor of Architecture degree. The scholarship assisted me in extra tuition costs this year, as I was taking above the normal unit count. The scholarship came in a time of need and I am truly thankful. This scholarship has inspired increasing excitement toward my graduate education and pursuing a career in architecture to the best of my ability.”

Dylan Bachar
Faculty Choice

Dylan Bachar

Student Dylan Bachar was named winner of the $1,000 Faculty Choice award from AIA|SFV as part of the annual Grand Critique. Dylan Bachar was presented with the Joel Jaffe, AIA and Robin Jaffe, AIA Award, which honors a top student selected by faculty members from WSoA.

 

“This most recent scholarship, provided by the San Fernando Valley chapter AIA, has encouraged me to work harder and continue my dream of becoming an architect. My experience at Woodbury is one I’ll never forget. I cannot explain how proud I am to have attended Woodbury SOA. I have made so many amazing friendships with other students and faculty and have absolutely loved every minute of it. I don’t think my love for architecture and design would have been the same if I had attended any other school.”

Anali Gharakhani
Past Presidents Award

Anali Gharakhani

Student Anali Gharakhani was named winner of the 2013 AIA San Fernando Valley Fund Past Presidents Leadership Award.

 

“Having any portion of the educational financial burden lifted is an irreplaceable gift made possible by scholarships like the AIASFV chapter. I was lucky enough to receive this generous gift when I began my graduate degree in Architecture at Woodbury University. There is no price too high for furthering education and for those of us putting ourselves through schools, any additional support is invaluable. I am forever grateful for such an award that allowed me to focus my energy on learning in the pursuit of receiving my master’s degree.”

Shweta Joshi
Past Presidents Award

Shweta Joshi

Student Shweta Joshi was named winner of the 2015 AIA San Fernando Valley Fund Past Presidents Leadership Award.

 

“While studying at the University I was fortunate to receive scholarships and AIASFV is one of them. This scholarship not only is a financial support, it is an emotional one as well. This scholarship encouraged me to work towards my goals with renewed vigor. By awarding me the AIASFV scholarship, Woodbury lightened my financial burden which allowed me to focus more on the most important aspect of school: learning. Their generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I feel more
welcomed and encouraged than ever before.”

Maria Petrova
Faculty Choice

Maria Petrova

Maria Petrova was named winner of the $1,000 Student Choice scholarship from AIA|SFV as part of the annual Grand Critique. Petrova received the Rudolph De Chellis FAIA Scholarship Award, which recognizes the outstanding student architect as voted on by fellow Woodbury architecture students.

 

“AIA Fan Fernando Valley, thank you so much for your support of Woodbury students. Ever since entering Woodbury in 2011, I saw the annual Grand Critique as an integral part of Woodbury community and culture. Year after year, it was something to look forward to in excitement. As a lucky recipient of one of the scholarships, I would like to say that it was the most unforgettable experience. Nothing motivates more than a sense of achievement and recognition. Thank you for making it possible.”