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The Young Architects Forum (YAF), a program of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the College of Fellows (COF), is organized to address issues of particular importance to recently licensed architects.

FAQ: What is a young architect and what is an emerging professional? Young architects are architects licensed up to ten years of initial licensure, and the name does not have any relationship to age. Emerging professionals are professionals who have completed their academic studies up to the point of licensure or up to 10 years after completion of their academic studies. Although young architects are now defined as distinct from emerging professionals, many components refer to these groups similarly. For example, a local YAF group may include emerging professionals and a local Emerging Professionals Committee may include young architects.

Current YAF Advisory Committee

By Jason K. Takeuchi AIA posted 03-12-2024 11:06 AM

Name Role
Jason Takeuchi, AIA Chair
Sarah Nelson-Woynicz, AIA Vice Chair
Matt Toddy, AIA Past Chair
Gabriella Bermea, AIA Director, Communications
Kiara Gilmore, AIA Director, Knowledge
Anastasia Markiw, AIA Director, Advocacy 
Seth Duke, AIA Director, Community
Carrie Parker, AIA Director, Strategic Vision
Steven Spurlock, FAIA College of Fellows Liaison
Patty Boyle, AIA Strategic Council Liaison