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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.

HABS Selected to Host Two Latino Heritage Internship Program Student Architects in Summer 2023

  • 1.  HABS Selected to Host Two Latino Heritage Internship Program Student Architects in Summer 2023

    Posted 12-14-2022 09:52 AM
    The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) has been selected to host two Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) summer architects in 2023. Please assist with recruitment efforts and share this opportunity with your contacts. A HABS/LHIP recruitment flyer is attached. 
    Color image of the summer 2023 recruitment poster.

    The LHIP architects will produce HABS measured drawings documentation of the Rio Vista Bracero Recruitment Center in Socorro, Texas. The project will be based at the Heritage Documentation Programs (HABS/HAER/HALS) office in Washington, DC with one week of travel to the site for fieldwork covered by HABS. 
    The 10-week paid internship starts May 22, 2023 and ends August 4, 2023. 

    Weekly stipend of $640
    Cost of round-trip travel to the HABS/HAER/HALS Office in Washington, DC (some restrictions may apply)
    Housing will be provided
    Applications Due: February 6, 2023
    Portfolio/Work Samples Required
    The site, originally a 14-acre farm built in 1915 to shelter El Paso County's indigents and orphans, became a processing center for more than 80,000 braceros per year. In 1942, the United States reached an agreement with Mexico to establish the Bracero Program, which brought Mexican workers known as braceros ("strong arms") into the U.S. on a temporary basis to better domestic farm-labor shortages. From 1951-64 the site was associated with the Mexican Farm Labor Program, the "largest single temporary alien worker program" ever undertaken by the United States. The Braceros played a vitally important role in the nation's agricultural economy in the postwar era, comprising nearly a quarter of US agricultural workers by 1959. The program greatly enhanced the profitability of the US agribusiness sector, providing a steady, reliable supply of highly-skilled farmworkers at relatively low wages and permitting expansion of certain crop sectors. In 2016 the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the site a National Treasure and has since provided financial support for the preservation and interpretation of the site. In 2019, the NHL Committee unanimously approved the designation of the Rio Vista Bracero Processing Center as a National Historic Landmark. The Rio Vista nomination will now make its way to the National Park System Advisory Board and then to the Secretary of the Interior's desk for final designation.
    Heritage Documentation Programs administers the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the Federal Government's oldest preservation program, and its companion programs: the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). Documentation produced through the programs constitutes the nation's largest archive of historical architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation. The HABS/HAER/HALS Collection is housed at the Library of Congress.

    *** Recruitment for the HABS/HAER/HALS Summer 2023 Recording Program will be announced soon. 

    Robert Arzola
    HABS, National Park Service
    Washington DC