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YAF Summit20

Every five years, the Young Architects Forum (YAF) hosts a summit to reevaluate the needs of young architects. The 2012 summit marks the twentieth anniversary of the group, bringing together more than 60 design professionals – including students, interns, young architect AIA members and non-AIA members – to discuss top issues affecting young architects. The YAF Summit20 outcomes will assist with the development of a strategic plan for the YAF.

An initial survey administered by the YAF developed the groundwork for the YAF Summit20 agenda and top issues. View the survey results (PDF). During the summit, Roy Abernathy, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, facilitated the establishment of six top issues from the survey information through voting methods with attendees. Breakout sessions were used to further develop each of the top six issues.



Preliminary Outcomes: A Graphic Narrative

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Graphic recorder Greg Gersch captured the Summit’s proceedings, including presentations and the development of the top six issues.

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The top six issues (click to download PDF graphic):

Video: Issues Affecting Emerging Professionals

YAF Summit20 Presentations


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Marsha Littell discussed bridging the gap between old-timers, baby boomers, generation X, and generation Y.

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Ned Cramer challenged attendees to think beyond the issues and problems facing architects today, and to think of what architecture can become.

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Larry Speck wrapped up the event by discussing his views on the old way of practicing architecture versus the new way architecture should be practiced.

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Additional Information

YAF Summit20: Young Architects Unite Around Top Six Issues Confronting the Profession

Come Together: The Young Architect Forum turns 20

Tweet Chat: What do young architects need to succeed?

YAF Summit20 Agenda (PDF)

YAF Homepage


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