YAF Summer Design Challenge 2020

YAF SDC CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Due to the present challenges of our nation’s enduring situation and uncertainty, the YAF Summer Design Challenge 2020 is cancelled until further notice. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at yafsdc@gmail.com.

We are hopeful that things will get better soon and we can rock on with you in the not-so-distant future.

Be well and safe.

Announcing [yaf]CON

AIA Virginia is proud to announce a partnership with the Young Architect’s Forum in Hampton Roads to present [yaf]CON.

[yaf]CON is a newly-curated micro conference for emerging design professionals held 2-5 p.m. on Nov. 9, 2018 during Architecture Exchange East.

[yaf]CON is open to the young and to the young- hearted. The goal is to have fun, to learn, and to discuss the power of design for our communities. This inaugural program was developed to create a platform for emerging professionals for years to come.

You can add [yaf]CON to your ArchEx agenda for no extra charge — or join us for [yaf]CON for only $50.

[yaf]CON is intentionally open to allied professions to encourage cross-pollination of ideas, skill sets, and networks to better activate and enrich our cities through the energy and passion of emerging professionals in the design and construction fields.

[yaf]CON is curated and hosted by the AIA Hampton Roads Chapter of the Young Architects Forum.

ELA Program Gains National Attention

Josephine V. Arbaugh, AIA, the AIA Young Architects Regional Director for The Region of the Virginias, and an ELA class of 2012 alum, has written a wonderful article in the recent issue of AIA Young Architect Forum’s publication Connection.

Read the article>> (on page 34)

Connection is published bi-monthly by the AIA, and is one of the only architecture periodicals that has content exclusively sourced from Emerging Professionals, serving as a platform for architecture students, associates, and young architects to communicate at a national scale.

YAF Advisory Committee Seeks Members

Are you ready to make the jump to a national level committee? Can you think strategically about the needs of young architects and work virtually with other committee members across the country? Consider applying for the YAF Advisory Committee. Open positions include:

  • Vice Chair
  • Community Director
  • Public Relations Director

Applicants must be young architects registered for 10 years or less.

The YAF Advisory Committee (YAF AdCom) is made up of young architects working in association with the COF Executive Committee. The structure of the Young Architects Forum was originally modeled after the leadership structure of the College of Fellows (COF) and is itself a prime example of mentoring in action. For more information on the YAF and Advisory Committee positions, view the YAF Handbook.

The AdCom typically meets in-person three times a year and has monthly conference calls. Interested candidates must be available for a transition meeting with current and incoming YAF Advisory Committee members Sept. 19-21, 2013.

Application deadline is Aug. 26, 2013.

Applicants must submit a one-page “Letter of Interest” describing their interest in a specific position. Additionally, applicants must provide a resume and three (3) letters of recommendation, including one from an AIA component leader (i.e. a Chapter President, Regional Director, or Component Executive). Application materials must be 8 ½” x 11” files and must not exceed six (6) pages and 5MB total.

Please submit applications as a single PDF document titled as follows: “YAF_AdCom_Application_LastName_FirstName.pdf”

Submissions may be addressed to Jon Penndorf and emailed to yaf@aia.org.

Eligibility: Applicants must be members of the AIA in good standing, and architects licensed ten years or less, for at least the first year of their term. Appointments are based on submitted materials, and selection will be made by the YAF AdCom selection committee in late August. Although the Young Architect Regional Director (YARD) roster often serves as a pool of nominees for the AdCom positions, YARD experience is not required.

Call for Applications: Emerging Leaders in Architecture Class of 2014

Emerging Leaders class of 2012.
Emerging Leaders in Architecture class of 2012.

The Virginia Society AIA is accepting nominations for the 2014 class of the Emerging Leaders in Architecture through Nov. 15, 2013. The intensive, year-long program is intended to provide the tools and experiences that emerging architects need to jumpstart their careers.

“I have been enlightened to the full potential of an architect in business and as part of a community.”
-Program Participant

Accelerate your professional growth, advance your career, and serve society as a leader in the community.

  • Examine the evolving roles of architects and firms
  • Gain the resources to make informed business decisions about financial and practice management matters
  • Consider the fundamental legal, ethical and societal responsibilities of architects
  • Develop a peer network to serve as an ongoing resource

Learn from established leaders in the building, finance, non-profit, development, university, legal, consulting, and design professions. Each of the seven day-long sessions focuses on essential strategies or skills such as financial management, presentation and communication skills, negotiating techniques, understanding legal and ethical issues, and public service.  Put the concepts you learn into practice and enhance your leadership skills with a class project solving a real-world problem.

Find out more>>

How to Apply

The committee seeks applicants from three categories:

Component Nominees Each of the five Virginia AIA local component Boards may nominate one or more individuals for admission to the program.  One participant will be selected from each chapter for a total of five.

Student Nominees Each Virginia Architecture School (UVa, VT, Hampton, and WAAC) may nominate one or more students for admission to the program.  One participant will be selected from each school for a total of four.

Open Applications Applicants may apply on their own or be nominated by someone else.  Seven participants will be selected from among these applicants.

Download the application for details.

AIA Directors Announce Fellowship for Future Leaders

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The AIA Board of Directors Class of 2013 chose as its name The Original 13 based on Richard Upjohn and the 13 Architects who founded the AIA in 1857. They took their class name from the tradition of the past but are looking to the future.

They want to meet Emerging Leaders at the AIA Convention this June in Denver, and are offering five fellowships in the amount of $1,000 each to attend the Convention, expand career horizons and look to the future.

HOW IT WORKS

Send a Tweet of Interest to share what you hope to learn by attending the Convention as an Emerging Leader. The Class will review your Tweets and select ten finalists. These finalists will write a more detailed narrative of their aspirations. Five Fellowship Recipients will be selected from this group on the basis of their narratives.

Each Fellowship Recipient will be paired with two Class of 2013 Board Directors during the Convention and will receive a $1,000 stipend to offset expenses. They’ll help each Fellowship Recipient realize his/her aspirations at Convention; get to know them personally with the hope of forming enduring relationships. After Convention they’ll ask for a report on the experience to share with other Emerging Leaders.

AIA CONVENTION IN DENVER

June 20-22, 2013

Denver, Colorado

FELLOWSHIP FOR EMERGING LEADERS

Students

Associates

Young Architects

TWEET OF INTEREST

Tweet us at #2013FEL

Tweet period is open until MARCH 30TH

Finalists will be notified via phone by APRIL 12TH

Recipients will be selected by APRIL 29TH

Profiles in Emerging Leaders: Class of 2012

Designed to develop future leaders in architecture firms, in communities, and in the profession, the Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program consists of seven intensive day-long seminars. Each session focuses on one or more essential strategies or skills like financial management, presentation and communication skills, negotiating techniques, understanding legal and ethical issues, and public service.  We were curious about them, so we asked members of the ELA class of 2012 the same five questions, and this is what they had to say.

Want to be a member of this elite group of leaders? Apply to be a member of the class of 2013.

Allie Ditzel
Allie Ditzel

Allie Ditzel

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: Tado Ando’s Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: “Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being” by Ester Sternberg

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: I think I found it through my other passions…people watching and changing the world.  One day, people watching became about more than just the people, it started to include how spaces and places impact our choices, human relationships, and emotions; and I realized that design really could change things.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Run…a lot. It may not necessarily be relaxing but it’s a great way to clear your head.  It seems like whenever I am stuck in a design project, the solution will be found on a trail somewhere around mile 5.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Take notes and know the world that surrounds you; travel and people watch as much as you can; pay attention to the details and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

 

Curtis R. Jennings, III
Curtis R. Jennings, III

Curtis R. Jennings, III

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: The Bicentennial Capital Mall – Nashville, Tn.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: “Digital Fortress” by Dan Brown

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: My father’s passion for architecture inspired my sister, brother, and I to all become architects.  It must have been the Lincoln logs and family vacations planned around project site visits.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Ride motorcycles and hike

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Travel as much as you can, discover what interests you, and enjoy life. 

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Frances Lengowski
Frances Lengowski

Frances Lengowski

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: My friends are re-modeling their house.  The place is in a wonderful state of open construction.  I’m moved by the possibility that ripping out walls, and digging around a foundation starts to open up.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: I recently went to Mexico and read through all kinds of books about Mayan ruins.

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: A friend of mine pointed it out.  He saw the kind of art I was making and said I should think about architecture.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A:  I like to go for a run to re-set my mind.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Open your eyes, ears, senses, and mind — start noticing things.

 

Jaclyn K. Miller
Jaclyn K. Miller

Jaclyn K. Miller

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: While not a building per se, the proposed Delancey Underground or “Low Line” in New York City is what came to mind. My initial reaction was negative (who wants a park underground with no direct sunlight?), but now I’m warming up to the idea and am interested to see how their idea to reflect light underground works out. Being a fan of the High Line, I hope the Low Line will create a similar “outdoor” haven for city dwellers, not just a dark garden cave.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: Well, I’m currently reading three books: “The Lemon Tree” by Sandy Tolan, “It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace” by Rye Barcott and “Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God” by Brennan Manning. I always seem to be reading three or more books at one time.

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: Through childhood dreaming. My dad’s interest in architecture brought my attention to it at a young age. That interest developed into a dream of creating and designing spaces, which slowly transformed through college into a desire to create architecture that transforms lives, brings hope and a lasting change to the poor and disadvantage overseas.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Eat good food with friends…or read a book with some coffee.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Ask questions and gain experience, any experience. Architecture encompasses so many channels and specialties; ask questions and try as many channels as possible to discover where your particular passion, drive and forte are.

 

Jennifer Rhoades
Jennifer Rhoades

Jennifer Rhoades

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: See the picture. I’ve recently returned from a trip to Italy. I studied in Florence as an undergrad ‐ I was so happy to see the Duomo again I just had to hug it.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: I have a stack of books next to my bed of old favorites, new reads, history books, book club titles, the occasional fluff ‐ but to be honest, the last book I read was “Prosciutto e Uova Verdi” – “Green Eggs and Ham” in Italian!

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: I think it evolved slowly. I always loved drawing, looking at plans in magazines, making houses for my sister’s dolls. In college I found myself focusing on architectural history courses and realized I wanted to attend graduate school for architecture.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: I have an old house that needs a lot of attention, so I tend to put my energy into that these days– with a glass of wine in my hand, of course. I also love walking, especially down Monument Avenue in Richmond. With every house I pass I’m transported to a different country – England, Italy, Germany, France!

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Have fun. Take time to travel, to look at the built world around you, to simply be creative. You will have plenty of time to work. And once you do start working, take off your headphones and listen to what’s going on in the office around you. It’s the best way to learn.

 

Josephine V. Arbaugh
Josephine V. Arbaugh

Josephine V. Arbaugh

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: Not a building but a public space…High Line Park in New York City; what a great example of good planning and urban design. What can be more sustainable than bringing underutilized infrastructure back to good use?!

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: Nowadays it’s mostly ARE books for me. The last “for fun” book I read was “Brida” by my favorite, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: Through drawing and traveling

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Hammock and a glass of wine

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Be true to yourself and others

 

Kevin Jones
Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: “The Element” by Ken Robinson

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: Slowly, over time, and after a detour through research science.  It probably started with site visits to construction projects at National and Dulles airports with my father.  Art classes and Legos® are probably to blame, too.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Turn on some music and spend time with my wife and kids.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Take advantage of every chance you can get to experience the construction process and really get to know all the people involved.

 

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Marcus R. Thomas
Marcus R. Thomas

Marcus R. Thomas

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: The Orange Cube in Lyons, France

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

 A: Though my childhood attachment to Lego®, helping my father with small carpentry projects, and my high school mentor.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Workout or escape somewhere quiet and peaceful to simply think

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: As a student, I find that it is a very rewarding career path where problem solving is the name of the game.  Focus and make sure you have a real love and passion for the field.

 

Spencer Lepler, AIA, NCARB
Spencer Lepler, AIA, NCARB

Spencer Lepler

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: After our April session we had a walking tour through Old Town Alexandria, VA and the thing that struck me the most was the negative reaction I had to the urban renewal infill architecture.  It just felt out of scale, out of place, and out of time with the rest of the old city.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: The last book I read was “Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes” by William Bridges.  It was recommended to me by a friend who is a life coach and has some really interesting insight about taking time to understand and direct the changes that occur in your life.

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: I stumbled into architecture, really.  I was a freshman at Tulane University in the Liberal Arts program and took a class “Introduction to Architecture for Non Majors” and realized that this was the career for me.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: In my free time I enjoy doing fiber arts (knitting, spinning, weaving, dying).  It provides me with a creative output where at the end of the day I can point to a physical object and say “I made that.”  As compared to architecture where it may take years or even decades before your work takes physical form.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Be realistic about this profession, set goals, and stick to them.  You may never get rich being an architect, but if you take an active role in the development of your career this profession can be very rewarding.


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Roderick Williams
Roderick Williams

Roderick Williams

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: I’ve been noticing a lot of older precast buildings lately (circa 60s, 70s) … It’s hard for me to imagine that at one time these were considered cutting edge. I guess some “youngsters” will be saying similar things about buildings I’ve worked on in another 40-50 years.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: “The Cost of Discipleship”…It’s a great book by Dietrich Bonhoffer about Christian living.

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

 A: I actually stumbled into it. I had a friend who was in the architectural program and one day he was complaining about the fact that they had to be creative and do designs, etc.  That piqued my interest because I grew up being good at art and always had an interest in how things went together.  I took the entrance exam and the rest is history.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: With young kids around there isn’t much relaxing going on, but I do enjoy the occasional walk in the park or on a bike trail.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Do what you’re passionate about and the rest of life will fall into place.

Emerging Leaders in Architecture 2012 is sponsored by Hanbury, Evans, Wright, Vlattas + Company, Glavé and Holmes Architecture, and BB&T Insurance Services


 

 

YAF Celebrates 20 Years at Summit

YAF Summit- graphic by Greg Gersch
YAF Summit 20 -- graphic by Greg Gersch

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, 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.

The top six issues graphics:

Career Advancement (PDF)

Advancement of the Profession (PDF)

Value of Design (PDF)

Starting Your Own Firm (PDF)

Value of Licensure (PDF)

Economy & Change (PDF)

Download the Summit20 Outcomes Report (PDF)

Q&A Resource Developed for IDP

AIA Emerging Professionals has developed an IDP question and answer resource for members.  NCARB also publishes several newsletters that communicate the registration and testing requirements that affect members.

ARE e-News
ARE e-news is a quarterly electronic publication sent to ARE candidates. Topics cover the latest news about the exam, commonly asked questions, important reminders, and information related to the exam from NCARB’s Annual Meeting and Conference held each June.

e-Connection

The e-Connection is sent to all Record and Certificate holders electronically twice a year as a companion to our print newsletter, Direct Connection. Topics cover the latest information on NCARB’s programs and services.

IDP e-News

The IDP Supervisor e-News is a quarterly electronic publication sent to supervisors with interns in the IDP. Topics cover the latest news about the program, important reminders, and tips for successful supervising.

IDP Supervisor e-News

The IDP Supervisor e-News is a quarterly electronic newsletter. This e-News is designed to provide tips for successful supervising and resources that will assist both supervisors and their intern(s) to navigate the program.

Stay abreast of developments and changes by registering for one of NCARB’s electronic newsletters.