Emerging professionals form more than the future of the American Institute of Architects. They provide the questions and curiosity that propel the profession into the future. Working in tandem with licensed mentors, emerging professionals can combine their drive with the mentors’ knowledge to direct the profession safely into new products, new assemblies, and new architecture that builds upon the work of the past.

As members of the AIA, emerging professionals will travel fascinating professional avenues, some familiar, some foreign, as varied as the number of practitioners in the field.

Emerging Leaders in Architecture
The Emerging Leaders in Architecture: An Honors Academy of the AIA Virginia (ELA), develops future leaders in architecture firms, in communities, and in the profession.  The goal is to accelerate the growth of emerging architects and provide the tools and experiences needed to advance their careers and serve society as leaders in the community.

State Licensing Adviser
Rachel Shelton, AIA, with the Virginia Department of General Services in Richmond, is the state licensing adviser in Virginia. Rachel may be reached at rachel.shelton@dgs.virginia.gov.

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