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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.

2024 AIA Future Forward Grant 

02-13-2024 01:57 PM

The 2024 Grant application is due April 19th! Read all the details below and then apply (link at bottom).

2024 AIA Future Forward Grant

A project presented by the Large Firm Roundtable (LFRT) and the AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF), this grant supports students, emerging professionals, and early career architects in the testing of new ideas that disrupt the traditional conception of practice, process, and product in the field of architecture. The primary objective of the Future Forward Grant is to perpetuate innovation in the practice of architecture by empowering students, emerging professionals, and early career architects to do things they would not otherwise have the capital or resources to accomplish. This grant seeks to fund untested ideas and advance exploration, innovation, and disruption in the architecture profession.

Applicants may submit proposals within the following categories:

PRACTICE: supports programs that foster leadership development, advance the organizational effectiveness of professional practice, and redefine firm management strategy

PROCESS: supports programs that promote firm culture, streamline workflow, and establish new methods of project delivery

PRODUCT: supports the development of new prototypes, programs, or technologies that advance the practice of architecture

Grant Sponsors

The Large Firm Roundtable (LFRT) is a 501c6 member organization. (Independent of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)); and which collaborates with the national and local chapters of the AIA as appropriate.

The Young Architects Forum (YAF) is a member group of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is organized to address issues of particular importance to recently licensed architects (within 10 years or less of first licensure)

Eligibility:

The AIA Future Forward Grant is open to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) members who have been licensed to practice architecture for fewer than 10 years, Assoc. AIA members, and members of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). All applicants must be in good standing with the AIA or AIAS, whichever most directly applies.

Grant Amount:

There is a maximum of $10,000 in grant money available to one or more proposals. Grant proposals may be made in increments of $1,000. Proposals with matching funds are encouraged.

Schedule:

The application period for the Future Forward Grant is March 15, 2024, through April 19, 2024, at 11:59 pm ET. Grant proposals will not be accepted after the April 19, 2024 deadline. Incomplete applications will be immediately disqualified.

An interest call will take place on March 28, 2024 at 2pm ET. 

NEW as of 4/2: See the FAQ that came out of the Interest Call.

The Grant Jury will meet during the month of May 2024 and recipient(s) will be announced in June 2024.

The AIA shall pay Grant Recipient(s) fifty percent (50%) of the Grant Amount within thirty (30) days after the execution of a grant agreement. The AIA shall pay Grant Recipient(s) the remaining fifty percent (50%) of the Grant Amount within thirty (30) days of receipt of an invoice following completion of the Grant Project.

Grant Recipient Deliverables & Expectations

The selected recipient(s) will be expected to:

  • Participate in monthly calls to report on Grant Project progress with a YAF representative, pending YAF representative availability. Time and schedule to be determined by need and between Grant Recipient and YAF representative; and
  • Provide a monthly written project update, no more than one paragraph with any additional media or materials, as needed, to YAF representative; and
  • Provide a final report, minimum 2-page in length, including successes, lessons learned, and benefits upon completion of the Grant Project; and
  • Make a virtual presentation to report out Grant Project findings. This presentation will be given to the Large Firm Roundtable during a meeting in 2025; and
  • As requested, contribute to YAF social media as agreed to by both Parties; and
  • Grant Recipient is required to provide one written article for publication in an AIA media vehicle by end of Q3 2025. Length of publication to be determined at a future date depending on where the article will be published; and
  • Submit a proposal to present Grant Project as a session at the 2025 AIA Conference on Architecture & Design (“Conference”). If the session proposal is accepted, costs associated with travel to and from Conference and all related costs for the session are the sole responsibility of the Grant Recipient. Additionally, a separate speaker agreement will be signed for the commitment to present at Conference.

Additional information

2024 Jury

Carrie Parker, AIA | YAF Strategic Vision Director | Jury Chair

(2) members of the Young Architects Forum

(2) members of the Large Firm Roundtable

 

Please email YAF Staff Ambassador, Kathleen McCormick (kathleenmccormick@aia.org) to request additional information.

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