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Our Mission

The AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) is the voice of recently licensed Architects and the catalyst for progress within the Institute.

  • We ENGAGE recently licensed Architects in leadership to become agents of change within the Institute and the profession overall.

  • We INSPIRE professional growth among the recently licensed Architects through fellowship within the Institute.

  • We ADVOCATE for issues of particular relevance to recently licensed Architects to the Institute.

  • We SERVE to make AIA membership meaningful to recently licensed Architects through programs and services that effectively anticipate, meet and exceed their needs.

  • We PROMOTE mentorship at all career stages to enhance personal growth, community involvement, and professional development.

Young Architect Regional Directors (YARDs)

YARDs work with their counterparts, the COF Regional Representatives and the National Associates Committee (NAC) Regional Associate Directors (RADs). YARDs are responsible for gathering information about issues facing young Architects within their geographic areas and disseminating information about national/regional activities and resources for use on the local level. Of equal importance, YARDs serve as an important link between young architects and the national organization.

Get involved!

The American Institute of Architects actively promotes a diverse profession, including race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. We strive to be an inclusive Member Group representing diversity of thought, geographic diversity, both traditional and non-traditional practice and as well as providing opportunities for seasoned professionals, associate members, and young architects.

We're looking for enthusiastic people who want to help make our profession better. If you have an interest in becoming active in a leadership role, please reach out to staff or anyone on our advisory group or you can find more information on the Center for Emerging Professionals page on AIA.org.