Call for Proposals: 20×20 @ YAFCON 2020

Got 6 minutes and 40 seconds to tell us about the incredible things you’re doing to cultivate the next generation of architects? Come share your story at YAFCON 2020: The Empathic Architect this October. We’re seeking up to 6 presenters for a Pecha Kucha (PK)-style session on Friday, Oct. 30 for a session titled From the Ground Up: Cultivating the Next Generation. (What the heck is a PK?)

A good 20×20 presentation is creative, tells a great story, and shares something inspiring (with a little dash of humor mixed in).

It’s a format made for designers by designers. We know you’ve done some pretty amazing things to support the pipeline into the profession and we want to hear about them — whether it’s your work in a K–12 classroom, a brilliant summer camp program, or an innovative approach to mentorship.

We’ve only got time for 5-6 speakers, so pitch us your best idea by Sept. 24 and we’ll get back with you at the beginning of October.


This form is now closed.

Registration for Foresight 2020 Now Open

Registration for Foresight 2020 is now open.

This virtual event is designed for architects, designers, and industry professionals seeking inspiration and insight. It takes place online Oct. 1–Nov. 7, 2020, and features the following AIA Virginia signature programming:

Design Forum: In Praise of Shadows
featuring Steven Holl, Kirsten Murray, Herve Descottes, David Lewis, and Kendall Buster

Architecture Exchange East
featuring Ed Mazria, Andrea Love, Joel Sanders, Kermit Baker, and many more

YAFCON 2020: The Empathic Architect
featuring a program curated by Virginia’s emerging professionals

Visions for Architecture
featuring a celebration of AIA Virginia’s Honors Awards and a live announcement of our Design Award winners.

Plus, other social events like firm roundtable discussions, facilitated lunch conversations, happy hours, and more. All tickets include access to our virtual exhibit hall.

As we’ve all seen recently — change is inevitable. Be prepared to design the future, instead of catching up to it.

Registration for Foresight 2020 open to all.

Tickets

There are a variety of ways to participate in the program – depending on your interest. Pick one element of the program or join us for everything. Pricing is below.

Visions for Architecture
Visions is free, but registration is required.

Foresight 2020 All Access Pass
This VIP ticket includes everything on the agenda.

  • AIA Member: $140
  • Assoc. AIA Member: $120
  • Non-member: $200
  • Student: $15

Architecture Exchange East
Includes all daily programming on Nov. 4 and Nov. 6 and admission to YAFCON (plus a few extras!)

  • AIA Member: $70
  • Assoc. AIA Member: $60
  • Non-member: $100
  • Student: $10

Design Forum: In Praise of Shadows
Includes all programming on Thursday, Nov. 5, plus a virtual tour of the ICA on Oct. 29

  • AIA Member: $70
  • Assoc. AIA Member: $60
  • Non-member: $100
  • Student: $10

YAFCON: The Empathic Architect
Includes daily programming Oct. 26-30. YAFCON is included free with your ArchEx admission, so there’s no need to register for it separately if you’re going to ArchEx. Use this ticket option if you’re only interested in attending YAFCON.

  • AIA Member: $50
  • Assoc. AIA Member: $30
  • Non-member: $100
  • Student: $10

Announcing YAF CON 2020: The Empathic Architect

YAF CON 2020: The Empathic Architect convenes a series of engaging conversations about designing with empathy and practicing with intentionality. Join your fellow emerging professionals the week of Oct. 26–Oct. 30 for a daily series of peer-led discussions over lunch and presentations by purposeful — sometimes unconventional — leaders each evening. 

In a continuation of the dialogue from 2019’s Architect of the New Era, we’ve invited driven, purposeful leaders who have taken a human-focused approach to their work, their careers, and their firms.

Delivered through AIA Virginia’s Foresight 2020 event platform, registration for YAF CON 2020: The Empathic Architect is now open.

PROGRAM

Monday, Oct. 26
Intentional Leadership

Tuesday, Oct. 27
Unconventional Clients

Wednesday, Oct. 28
Active Listening/Effective Storytelling

Thursday, Oct. 29
Emerging Leaders in Architecture

Friday, Oct. 30
From the Ground Up: Cultivating the Next Generation

Tickets

AIA Member: $30
Non-member: $50
Student: $10

YAF CON 2020: The Empathic Architect is free for Architecture Exchange East ticket holders.

yafCON 2019 Announces Speakers

yafCON is pleased to announce the panelists for the 2019 micro-conference at Architecture Exchange East. This year’s theme is The Architect of the New Era: critical issues of the 21st century designer. The program is free with your ArchEx registration or you can simply register to attend the [yaf]CON micro-conference on Friday, Nov. 8 from 1:30-5 p.m.

The panel features four distinguished emerging professionals with experience within at least one these focus areas: socially-sensitive design, emerging technologies and data in design, sustainability and environmentally-conscious design, and equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Sydney Covey
Sustainable Solutions Manager, Structr Advisors, Virginia Beach

“Our industry plays a critical role in climate change and sea level rise. We have to shape our perspective to begin to think about how the building impacts both the occupant and the environment.”

Yiselle Santos Rivera
Director of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, HKS, Inc., Washington, DC

“We are the ones that ignite the fire. When we show there’s value in pursuing equity, diversity, and inclusion, we make sure that everyone is engaged in the conversation and accountable, there is no space for failure.”

Edward Becker
Professor of Architecture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

“Faced with the pressing global challenges of rapid urbanization and human-induced climate change, we should focus on the development and implementation of low-carbon construction.”

Pascale Sablan
Founder & Executive Director, Beyond the Built Environment, New York City

“We need to address the inequitable disparities in architecture by providing a holistic platform aimed to support numerous stages of the architecture pipeline.”

The yafCON team is looking to crowdsource questions for its engaging panel.

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS HERE

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.