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Young Architects Forum

The Young Architects Forum (YAF) is a program of the American Institute of Architects and is organized to address issues of particular importance to recently licensed architects.

Have you been licensed for ten years or less? Discover the many resources available for recently licensed architects in the areas of leadership, mentorship, and fellowship. Join the Young Architects Forum by updating your AIA member profile (listed under “Your Knowledge Communities”).

Collaboration with the National Associates Committee

In the fall of 2014 the Young Architects Forum and the National Associates Committee (NAC) leadership met for their first ever joint transition meeting. In the spirit of repositioning, and the successful outcome of the transition meeting, the YAF and the NAC have issued a joint statement on future collaboration for the benefit of the Institute’s emerging professionals. Learn more about how the two groups will work together here.

YAF Regional Contacts

Contact your YAF Young Architect Regional Director for local networking and education opportunities. Click the map image below to view the AIA regional map and find contact info for your YAF YARD. You may also contact your local component for more information about volunteer opportunities.


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YAF Handbook
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YAF Volunteers

Learn more about the Young Architects Forum, who to contact, and how to get involved:
YAF Advisory Committee Roster

YAF Directors


Connection e-Magazine

The YAF Connection is the official e-Magazine for young architects produced by the Young Architects Forum. Each edition includes articles on leadership, mentorship, and fellowship as well as book reviews by young architects. The YAF Connection is a bimonthly publication. Contact the Editor.

Read current and past issues of Connection at

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The YAF Connection is sponsored through the generous support of The AIA Trust.

YAF Summits

YAF Summit20 was held in Washington, DC, on March 6-7, 2012, to discuss issues affecting young architects and guide the development of the YAF strategic plan. Learn more about Summit20 at

The YAF 15 Summit brought together leaders of the architecture profession from all levels to celebrate 15 years of achievements of the YAF. The group re-examined what AIA members were facing in the profession and developed ways to provide support and programming for the future leaders. Learn more about the YAF 15 Summit: Outcomes.

Young Architects Award
An awards program of the AIA College of Fellows, The Young Architects Award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural career. The Young Architects Award is administered by the AIA Honors and Awards Program. Visit the Honors and Awards webpage to find annual deadline information and learn more about the award.

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