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The YAF CONNECTION is the official magazine for young architects produced by the Young Architects Forum that includes articles on leadership, mentorship, and fellowship. Each edition also includes book reviews for young architects by young architects. 

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Architecture Knowledge Review: Young Architects Making a Difference podcast with Kevin de Freitas, AIA; David Grissino, AIA; and Tricia Stuth, AIA.

YAF 150 to 150: As a legacy of the YAF’s 15th anniversary and the AIA’s 150th anniversary in 2007, the Young Architects Forum is interviewing 150 architects who are members of the College of Fellows. Learn more about the YAF 150 to 150 podcast series.

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Each year, the AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) and the AIA Committee on Design (COD) invite architects, students, and allied design professionals to submit entries to the international Ideas Competition. The YAF and COD are pleased to announce the third annual Ideas Competition for 2012. This year’s big idea is “Active Lifestyles for Better Health.” Learn more about the 2012 YAF/COD Ideas Competition.


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 AIA announced the 2012 Young Architects Award recipients in January 2012. You may also view the list of annual recipients here. To purchase print copies of the 2012 and 2011 Young Architects Award Books, click on the following covers:



In 2011, the AIA College of Fellows and the AIA Young Architects Forum sponsored the development of a webinar series to foster mentoring in the profession.  Each on-demand webinar helps mentors and mentees deal with a topic, rather than train on the topic itself.

The archived webcasts for our first three sessions, "Getting Work", "Operating Profitably", and "Talent and Culture" can now be viewed for on-demand continuing education learning units. Click here to register and watch now!

AIA Best Practices represent the collective wisdom of AIA members and related professionals. Some best practices of particular interest to young architects are: