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Letter from the Young Architects Forum Chair

Sean Stadler, AIA

The year 2010 started in a manner that can only be described as challenging! With the reorganization of the National chapter of the AIA late in 2009 we found ourselves with a steep hill to climb. Fortunately, the Young Architects’ Forum Advisory Committee and its network of Regional Liaisons are committed to pushing forward a strong agenda and to make sure that the young architects still find value in their organization.

Feature Article

Convention 101 For Young Architects

How many times do you go to the National Convention not knowing what seminars that you as a young architect should try to attend? If you would like to go to Miami and discover something beyond your typical health safety and welfare seminars, the Young Architects Forum would like to introduce the ones we think young architects should take a second look at.

Regional Spotlight

North Central Region

Each issue Connection will focus on a region that comprises the 18 that represent you at the National Young Architects Forum. This issue, the spotlight is on the North Central Region Leadership Forum of AIA Minnesota. This program was created in response to the Leadership Task Force to foster and develop leadership for AIA Minnesota member architects during mid-career. The mission of the FORUM is to assist AIA members in understanding and strengthening their role in leadership in areas of community involvement, government, professional practice, business development and mentorship. Experts related to each area of curriculum will speak at each session.


Leadership Profile: Adam Ferarri, AIA

Adam is an architect with the Rochester Area Foundation in Rochester, Minnesota.  He is a passionate advocate for design and a firm believer in its power to transform people's lives. Read on to find out how Adam realized that a professional life should be dedicated to improving our world with a service to humanity instead of striving for individual glorification.

Articles of Interest

A Time To Breathe

As young architects, the current national economic recession is most likely the first we are experiencing since entering the A/E industry. To our more �mature� colleagues, they have ridden the wave of the market before and have some wisdom to share when the design industry starts to ebb and flow. One such topic that seems to be a frequent flyer is an issue of sustaining and growing market identity despite the current economic downturn.


Fellow+Talk with Paul Makins, FAIA

Paul Mankins, FAIA is the Board of Directors liaison to the Young Architects Forum. He is a founding principle at the award winning firm substance, in Des Moines, Iowa. In 2003 he received the Young Architects Award which was followed by his elevation to Fellow in 2004. Paul has served on numerous AIA committees, was President of his local AIA Chapter, is a visiting team member on the National Architectural Accrediting Board, and is in his second year serving as the Director for the Central States Region.


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Call for Articles

Do you have an interesting program or idea of interest to young architects that you would like to see featured in the Connection? Contact Jennifer Workman, AIA, 2009 YAF Communications Advisor at


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