YAF at A’22

This year was my fifth consecutive attendance of the AIA Conference on Architecture, not including the last two years when it was canceled. Between the pent-up demand for connection, climate change, economic and industry upheaval due to the pandemic and supply chain issues, and national conversations around equity, diversity, and inclusion, this year felt different. This year was a clear departure from a simple collection of seminars to get CEUs (though you could still do that). The AIA Conference on Architecture and the new CEO, Lakisha Woods, have embraced these national conversations and tackled them head-on. The energy was high and left me feeling invigorated and excited for the future of my profession and my role within it. I hope that all emerging professionals and young architects look into attending next year in San Francisco. These are my recommendations for programming that are good for EPs and YAs:

  • Mini MBA – Co-hosted every year by the YAF and Large Firm Roundtable (LFRT)
  • Tours
  • Emerging Professional and Young Architect networking events
  • Keynotes with well-known speakers on topical issues (this year we had Barack Obama!)
  • You can volunteer a minimum of 8 hours to get free registration if cost is an issue

I also attended sessions and roundtable discussions on practice innovation, design for climate action and climate justice, and heard Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, LEED in an empowering discussion of dismantling injustice in the industry and celebrating great works of women and diverse designers and architects. The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report has listed “youth disillusionment” as one of the “top blind spots” that could cause significant negative impacts in the coming years. But we are in a unique position to make things better as architects, designers, critical thinkers, and community change makers. Join me in pushing forward. 

In case you missed it:

  1. COF Quarterly publication
  2. “Now YA Know”, the YAF newsletter attached
  3. Get to know your YAR / YARD on our social media channels is live! Remember to follow us below.


  1. AIA Young Architect Award call for submissions (open now thru 9/15/22)
  2. Connection call for articles Due 7/29
  3. Call for Volunteers (YAF Advisory Committee – coming out soon)

Follow the YAF:

Stay up to date on the latest news:

  • Twitter: @YAF
  • Facebook: @AIAYAFNational
  • Instagram: aiayaf
  • Linkedin: AIA YAF
  • AIA Knowledge Net (most comprehensive) 
  • Quarterly YAF Publication “Connection”. Links from Knowledge Net, also available HERE.

Feel free to connect with me, too. What are some ways your firm is working with emerging professionals and young architects? Send me an email or a message on LinkedIn!
As always, I’m here for you.

Carrie Parker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Vice President at CannonDesign
Young Architect Representative for Virginia to the Young Architect’s Forum, 2022-2024

Parker Named New YAR

Carrie Lee Parker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been named the new Young Architect Representative (YAR) for 2022-2023.

Carrie is a Senior Associate at CannonDesign’s DC office, serving higher education clients as project manager, project architect, and academic planner. She has served on Cannon’s NEXT Council, a group of frontline emerging professionals from across the globe that directly advise the firm’s leaders, and the NCARB Intern Think Tank. This heart of service extends to the problems facing young architects starting out in this complex profession with numerous avenues to pursue. Carrie has been involved with several national and state AIA activities and committees, the Washington Board of Trade’s Connected DMV, and was a winner of AIA Virginia’s 2020 Emerging Professional Award. She also enjoys leading many of her office’s pro-bono design efforts and traveling and designing with her architect husband.

As YAR, Carrie is the primary connection between local and state AIA components and the national YAF Advisory Committee.

The AIA YAF is the voice of recently licensed Architects and a catalyst for progress within the profession. The
national YAF Advisory Committee (AdCom) encourages the development of programs for young architects and supports the creation of YAF groups within local and state components. YAF programs, activities, and
resources provide young architects with information and leadership; excellence through fellowship with other
professionals; and mentoring to enhance individual, community, and professional development.

To reach out to Carrie with any young architect questions or opportunities, email her at carrie.lee.parker@gmail.com

Young Architects Forum Regional Director (YAR) Applications Open

Are you an AIA Member interested in the issues confronting young architects? Would you like to help the Young Architects Forum (YAF) address these issues? Then, you may be just the person we’re looking for.
Every two years, AIA Virginia (formerly part of the Region of The Virginias) selects an AIA member licensed for less than 10 years to represent the state as YAF Young Architect Representative (YAR). Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 – 2023 YAR term.

This is a tremendous opportunity to take on a larger leadership role within the AIA. This rewarding experience will allow you to be actively engaged in shaping the future of the profession and to grow your network within the AIA locally, state-wide, and nationally.

If you are interested, here’s the full job description>>

Application Requirements
AIA Membership – Applicant must be an AIA member in good standing within AIA Virginia (AIA Blue Ridge, AIA Central Virginia, AIA Hampton Roads, AIA Northern Virginia, and AIA Richmond) and must be licensed not more than 10 years at the time of submission.

Letter of Interest – From Applicant. Indicate understanding of the position, qualifications/experience, and reasons for seeking election. Limit one-page.

Letter of Nomination – From an AIA local or state component Board Member. Indicate the connection between the YAR position and the Nominee’s leadership qualities. Limit one-page.

Letter of Recommendation – From an AIA member. Indicate Nominee’s qualifications for the YAR position. Limit one-page.

Letter of Support – From Employer. A Principal (or Officer) within the candidate’s firm must commit to supporting the candidate in fulfilling the role’s obligations. Limit one page on company letterhead.

Personal Resume – Indicate education, employment history, organizations, activities, honors, and awards. Limit two pages (It is NOT in the applicant’s best interest to simply submit a firm resume with project experience).

Completed applications must be submitted by email as a single PDF to Donna Dunay, FAIA, Region of The Virginias Representative to AIA Strategic Council (ddunay@vt.edu) AND Corey Clayborne, FAIA, Executive Vice President of AIA Virginia NLT Thursday, December 30, 2021.

Selection Process
The AIA Board of Directors will elect the YAR during its Board retreat scheduled for January 7-8, 2022.

YAF Summer Design Challenge 2020


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.

McCauley Selected as Young Architect Regional Director

December 19, 2017

West Virginia’s Marie McCauley, AIA, Selected as Young Architect Regional Director (YARD)

Marie McCauley, AIA

The Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects Region of The Virginias has selected Marie McCauley, AIA, as Regional Director for the 2018 – 2019 term on the Young Architects Forum, a National AIA Committee.

Marie graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee in 2007 and lives in Ripley, West Virginia. She currently works with Silling Architects in Charleston and, before that, with ZMM Architects and Engineers, also in Charleston, and Peterson Architecture in Noblesville, Indiana. She also currently serves on AIA West Virginia’s Young Professionals committee and as an AIA IDP Mentor for AIA West Virginia.

Marie describes familiar milestone events in her first few years as an architect, “During the five years after graduation, I got married, bought my first home, had my first child, sold my first home, and moved from Indiana to my home state of West Virginia. I say this because I understand much of the joys and challenges of what young architects experience.” Of her upcoming service as YARD, Marie says that, “I would listen to the concerns of recently licensed architects,” because she believes, “We all share in the same goal, to positively contribute to the architectural landscape and dialogue in the communities where we live and work.”

AIA WV President Phoebe Patton Randolph said, “We are confident in Marie’s ability to represent the young architects of the Region of the Virginias and congratulate her on the opportunity. Marie will bring a great perspective and thoughtful approach to the role of YARD.”

AIA’s YAF is the voice of recently licensed Architects and a catalyst for progress within the profession. YAF programs, activities, and resources provide young architects with information and leadership; excellence through fellowship with other professionals; and mentoring to enhance individual, community, and professional development.

The Young Architects Regional Director (YARD) serves as a link between the YAF and regional AIA members. YARDs are also responsible for gathering information about issues facing young Architects within their Regions and helping to disseminate information about national/regional activities and resources.


Young Architects Forum Regional Director

Are you an AIA Member interested in the issues confronting young architects? Would you like to help the Young Architects Forum (YAF) address these issues? Then, you may be just the person we’re looking for.

Read more>>

Completed applications must be submitted by email as a single PDF to Brian J. Frickie, AIA, Strategic Council Representative, Region of The Virginias, NLT Monday, October 2, 2017.

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.

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.


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.


June 20-22, 2013

Denver, Colorado




Young Architects


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

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)