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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”).

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.

Future 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 the intent of the document and how the two groups will work together here.

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.

YAF Regional Contacts

YAF Volunteers

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

Young Architect Regional Directors


Get Connected

Young Architects are talking. Join the discussion:
YAF on AIA KnowledgeNet

Twitter (@AIAYAF)



YAF Documents

YAF Handbook
Start your own local Young Architects Forum


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.

Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

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.

The AIA announced the 2014 Young Architects Award recipients in January 2014. Print copies of the 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 Young Architects Award Books are available via the below links.

Purchase AIA 2014 Young Architects Award Book
Purchase AIA 2013 Young Architects Award Book
Purchase AIA 2012 Young Architects Award Book
Purchase AIA 2011 Young Architects Award Book

Emerging Professionals Component Grant
The College of Fellows has established a small grants fund to assist AIA components in the development of programs which foster the mission of Young Architects and Associates. These funds may be used to enhance the activities of an existing Emerging Professionals group or as seed money to help start a new one. Because one of the goals of the component grants program is to make Emerging Professionals groups a vital component activity, an explanation or demonstration of component commitment and support is essential. Please check back for information on the 2014 Emerging Professionals Component Grant.

YAF Summit20

The Young Architects Forum is celebrating its 20 year anniversary in 2012 and is developing a strategic plan for the next five years. 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

YAF 15 Summit: Outcomes
The YAF 15 Summit brought together leaders of the architecture profession from all levels to celebrate 15 years of achievements of the YAF. The summit provided a forum for attendees to engage in dialogue about issues facing the unique demographic of young architects in the profession at the time. Together, 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.

The AIA Trust

    This issue of the YAF Connection is sponsored through the generous support of The AIA Trust – a free risk management resource for AIA Members offering you vital resources on key practice topics as well as valuable benefits–ranging from professional liability insurance to term life & disability to legal information for your firm.

    Check out for indispensable risk management assistance and details on all AIA Trust programs.

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