The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) announced a new partnership with Avitru, the developer of AIA MasterSpec that will offer AIAS members exclusive access to AIA MasterSpec via a free educational license to SpecBuilderCloud to help prepare students to be immediate contributors in their careers.

MasterSpec is the architecture industry's most trusted and comprehensive product research platform. Architects in professional practice often need to research, include, and specify products for inclusion into their designs. Avitru's SpecBuilderCloud platform provides a trusted, current, and easy to access resource for information about building products.

"It takes incredible commitment to become a licensed architect," said Jim Contardi, CEO of Avitru."We look forward to supporting the next generation of architects who will shape the world and define the profession by offering this exclusive benefit to AIAS members that can help develop a meaningful skill set for a graduate's resume."

"The AIAS strives to position its members to hit the ground running upon entering the profession of architecture. This new partnership with Avitru fosters greater student access to MasterSpec and thereby equips AIAS members to be increasingly aware and knowledgeable about the spec-writing process they'll encounter in the real world," said Nick Serfass, FAIA, Executive Director of the AIAS.

Access to the benefit will be through SpecBuilderCloud, Avitru's cloud-based product research and specification tool that allows instant, always-on, access to the industry-standard, AIA MasterSpec building product database. In addition to the trusted MasterSpec content, software tools, and building manufacturer data used by practicing architects, AIAS members will also have access to over 900 research briefs on building products, all of which are updated by Avitru's staff of architects.

The two organizations will be exhibiting at the AIA A'18, The Conference on Architecture, being held in New York City from June 21-23 with an exclusive social hour for AIAS members to interact and engage with innovative startups in the AEC technology space