New York, NY — (BUSINESS WIRE)–The Architectural Association of the United States, a trade group for the architectural profession, today announced a $6.3 million donation to the Alliance of Architectural Associations of the Southern United States (AASUS) that will create the largest and most prestigious of the new regional architecture academies.
The $6 million will be used to create and fund new training programs, develop curriculum for schools, build a state-of-the-art facility for classrooms, and increase the size of the academy.AASU is the nation’s largest regional architecture association.
The organization provides a platform for the design and construction of new buildings and facilities across the country.
In 2017, AASU created the Alliance for Southern States.
AASUS will be a key partner in the AASUC program, which will provide students with the opportunity to develop their skills in the fields of architectural design and urban design and will promote architectural education in a region where more than half of the states population is Hispanic.
The new school is being built at a site adjacent to the historic National Bank Building in the Bronx, New York.
A ASU spokesperson said that the new building will be designed by acclaimed architect David Siegel.
The school is set to open in 2019.
“The Alliance of Architects of the South is a unique, dynamic, and ambitious project that will provide the most ambitious architecture education opportunity in the South,” said AASUF President Paul S. McNamara.
“This school will be the premier architectural academy in the nation, and we are thrilled that we have been able to support this extraordinary initiative.
A new chapter in architecture education for our students and the region is beginning.”
Construction on the new school will begin in 2019 and is expected to take five to seven years.
The building will have a capacity of 100 students.