AIAS to put on dance fundraiser Saturday

Nicole Wiegand

Iowa State’s chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students will be having a fundraiser, Beaux Arts Ball, beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday at Project 20/20.

Beaux Arts Ball was inspired by an annual costume ball thrown by the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, a renowned art school in Paris.

When the tradition migrated to United States in the early 20th century, famous architects would often come to the parties dressed in costume as their buildings. Since, such affairs have become commonplace in university architecture programs across the country.

However, the modern interpretation of the ball differs greatly from the origins.

“It’s traditionally a formal, so you still dress up, but it’s more of a dance party,” said Daniel Eddie, senior in architecture-professional degree and member of AIAS. He recommended attire consisting of ties for men and dresses for women.

Music for the event will be provided by Noblehaus, a DJ group made up of ISU students Taylor McCalla, junior in senior in architecture-professional degree; Dan Siroky, senior in senior in architecture-professional degree; and Ryan Walkup, junior in civil engineering. The trio first began DJing house parties fall 2010 semester, but have recently booked gigs at FAC at Cy’s Roost and The Fashion Show.

Iowa State’s chapter of AIAS is made up of approximately 20 students within the first-year design core program as well as the architecture program. The association seeks to help students network and prepare for a professional career in the field of architecture.

“[Membership] helps you gain a certain amount of legitimacy,” Eddie said. “It basically helps to get your foot in the door.”

Tickets for the Ball will be available from noon to 1 p.m. Friday in the College of Design atrium or from any AIAS member for $8. All proceeds from advance ticket sales will go to fund AIAS student visits to architecture firms, as well as trips to AIAS conferences. Tickets will also be available at the door Saturday night, but the proceeds from these tickets will go to Project 20/20.