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AUD partners with American Institute of Architects.

The School of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University in Dubai (AUD) said it has signed an agreement with The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Middle East Chapter to help bridge the gap between practice and academia.

The agreement was signed by AUD president Dr Lance de Masi and AIA ME president Sherif Anis in the presence of Dr Jihad Nader, provost/chief academic officer, Dr Nabyl Chenaf, the dean of the School of Architecture, Art and Design, Dr Georges Kachmy, assistant professor of Architecture at AUD and director of Continuing Education of the AIA ME.

The partnership will build strong relations between AUD and AIA ME and develop academic and cultural interchange in the areas of education, and research among others, said the officials at the signing ceremony held at the newly-inaugurated Glass House on campus.

Dr Chenaf said, "I think that it is only natural that architecture students at AUD feel part of a larger and world-leading professional community such as the AIA, first by creating an AIA Students chapter and now by signing a MoU with AIA ME."

Sherif Anis said AIA Middle East was excited by the relationship it shared with AUD through this MoU.

"AIA Middle East aspires to afford a seamless transition from education to practice. We look forward to providing support, events, and activities for students, Associate and International Associate AIA members, Young Architects and Fellows of the AIA," he stated.

The MoU stresses on additional areas of collaboration including the establishment of training programs and transfer of knowledge mechanism for faculty and trainers such as AIA Continuing Education System, exchange of publications, joint research projects, conferences, seminars, training, and cultural programs.

Based in Washington, D.C., the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for more than 79,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857.-TradeArabia News Service

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Date:Apr 23, 2013
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