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.

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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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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:


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  • Q1 2019 YAF Connection The first YAF Connection of 2019 has been published, and can be found at the link below. Insight into the design culture of Payette (recipient of the 2019 AIA Firm Award), takeaways ...

  • The Q1/Q2 issue of CONNECTION is out! Follow the link below. This issue focus on the theme of Practice Innovation. We will also highlight the Practice Innovation Lab YAF hosted in Oct. 2017. Enjoy! https://issuu.com/youngarchitectsforum/docs/20180605_q1-2_redefiningpurpose ...

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