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AIASF Latinx in Architecture Fundraiser: El Arranque!

Join us for AIASF’s LiA annual fundraiser for the Chicanx/Latinx Architecture Students Association Alumni Scholarship at UC Berkeley!


Mingle with students and colleagues at the AIA East Bay Headquarters housed in the LEED-Platinum rated Brower Center for a lively evening in support of Latinx students at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. The goal of the evening is to raise a minimum of $10,000 for the CASA Alumni Scholarship Fund (doubling our efforts from 2023). The program will include short presentations from current CASA students with an introduction from Roy Hernandez, founding member of CASA and of the scholarship program. This is a great opportunity to connect and support the next generation of design professionals. Drinks and a light fare will be provided.

CASA Alumni Scholarship

Since its inception in 2011, CASA Alumni has disbursed over $120,000 in need-based scholarships, equipment and internships to 80+ students at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. In the spring semester, CASA Alumni hosts a gala event to celebrate the award recipients and their families.

AIASF Latinx in Architecture Committee (LiA)

Formed as an AIASF Committee in 2013, LiA’s mission is to serve and support Bay Area Latinx design professionals by strengthening our networks, promoting professional development, and providing mentorship opportunities. We seek to bring awareness of Latinx culture and design through educational and community-oriented programs.

Together we strive to:


Build strong networks and relationships among Latinx professionals in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) industry and in related design fields such as landscape architecture, interior, urban, and graphic design.


Promote architecture scholarship and expand the pipeline for Latinx students through mentorship, volunteer opportunities, and partnerships with local K-12 and higher education institutions. Support professional development and licensure.


Increase the Latinx design community’s visibility and impact by supporting and organizing programs that elevate, amplify and celebrate our diversity, creativity and innovative spirit.


Featured Presenter

Ronald Rael (RRAEL), Designer (La Florida, Colorado — Oakland, California)

Rael is a trained architect, activist, design technologist, multi-generational rancher, and traditional builder. His work blurs the borders between architecture, art, technology, land-based practices, and social justice. He writes books, forms startup companies, advocates for human rights at the U.S.–Mexico border, creates software, invents novel materials and new forms of construction, and designs buildings as an applied research enterprise. His work often combines indigenous and traditional materials and processes with contemporary technologies to speak to the contrasts, contradictions, and complexities of othered subjects, ranging from people to materials, and places, in contemporary society. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, The London Design Museum, LACMA, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Renwick Smithsonian American Art Museum. He is the Chair of the Department of Art Practice and Eval Li Memorial Chair in Architecture at the University of California Berkeley.


Apr 11 2024


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Apr 11 2024
  • Time: 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm


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