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2012 GRAPHISOFT Freedom by Design Grant Awarded to AIAS Illinois Institute of Technology Lissette Project

BOSTON, December 12, 2012 – GRAPHISOFT® and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) proudly announce the selection of the 2012 GRAPHISOFT AIAS Freedom by Design Grant recipient. This year, GRAPHISOFT and the AIAS partnered to award $1,500 to one AIAS chapter for an upcoming AIAS Freedom by Design project. The 2012 Grant recipient is the AIAS Illinois Institute of Technology for their Lissette Project.

The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) AIAS Chapter submission details a plan to renovate a bathroom for the needs of a person with a disability. It has been named the Lissette Project, after 13 year-old Lissette Loera, a teenager who was born with Spina Bifida. Spina Bifida is a congenital disorder that causes permanent physical complications and has no known cure.

IIT Chapter students will introduce design changes to ensure Lissette has the freedom to provide self-care independently. For example, the bathroom doorway will be expanded to accommodate an adult-sized wheelchair. The tub will be replaced with an ADA-accessible shower so Lissette can wheel herself into the shower without assistance. The designers also hope to add handlebars for the toilet, increase storage space for Lissette and her family, and include an exhaust fan.

The Chapter aims to complete the Lissette Project by the end of January 2013. The estimated total cost is $2,500. While the GRAPHISOFT grant provides more than half of the necessary funds, the IIT Chapter still needs additional funding. To date, the IIT Chapter has raised funds through bake sales, donation boxes, and soliciting material donations. To make a donation today and to learn more about Lissette, visit www.indiegogo.com/thelissetteproject.

About the American Institute of Architecture Students

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an independent, non-profit, student-run organization dedicated to providing unmatched programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architectural education. The mission of the AIAS is to promote excellence in architectural education, training, and practice; to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.

About AIAS Freedom by Design

AIAS Freedom by Design™, the American Institute of Architecture Students community service program, utilizes the talents of architecture students to radically impact the lives of people in their community through modest design and construction solutions. Vital modifications are made to enhance the homes of low-income and disabled individuals by addressing their struggles with everyday tasks such as bathing, ascending stairs, and opening doors. Our priority is improving the safety, comfort, and dignity of the home’s occupants.

About GRAPHISOFT

GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ArchiCAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner® STAR, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT has been a part of the Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2007.