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Young Architects Forum

The Young Architects Forum (YAF) is a public forum formed to address issues and discuss topics relevant to young architecture and design professionals in the Metro Atlanta area (10 years or less after licensure). The 2014 leaders are:

  • Doug Hannah, AIA – Atlanta Emerging Professional Director
  • Brent Amos, AIA – Atlanta Emerging Professional Director

The YAF is a joint program of AIA and the College of Fellows (COF), with roots dating back to 1989 when then AIA President, Ben Brewer Jr., FAIA, organized a grassroots program of 36 young architects from around the nation. The issues raised and benefits realized from the program led to the formation in 1991 of a national YAF Advisory Committee. Here, YAF encourages the development of national and regional programs tailored to the particular interests of young professionals including the creation of local YAF chapters. download

The YAF played a vital role in AIA Atlanta”s reinvention that took place in 1998. Through the hard work of young professionals, the help of then AIA Georgia President, William Carpenter, FAIA, and the full support of AIA Atlanta, the group developed a series of programs and events that fueled steady growth and interest in both the YAF and AIA Atlanta. Today, YAF has over 150 members and continues to expand and provide opportunities for young professionals.The goals of the YAF are tri-fold:

  • Encourage professional growth and leadership development among recently licensed architects through interaction and collaboration with AIA and allied groups
  • Build a national network, and serve as a collective voice for young architects by ensuring that issues relevant to young architects are properly addressed by AIA
  • Make AIA membership a valuable tool for young architects and encourage them to pursue leadership roles within the architecture and design community

YAF membership is free and open to all designers, architects, and interns in the Atlanta area. Although membership in the AIA is not required to participate in YAF programs, we encourage AIA to take full advantage of the valuable tools and unique resources that we provide.

48HRS Design Competition is a challenge that requires quick responses and fast innovative thinking to a design problem within the city of Atlanta. The competition is intended to showcase the abilities of emerging professionals and the value of good design to the greater public.   YAF_48HRS14_Poster-page-001

 “There is nothing in this world as invisible as a monument.” – Robert Musil

Tomochichi Mims Livingston Olmstead

The Young Architects Forum of Atlanta invites emerging architects, landscape architects, urban designers, industrial designers, artists, and students to participate in the fifth annual 48HRS design competition. Intended to showcase the abilities of emerging designers and the value of good design to the greater public, the competition requires quick responses and fast, innovative thinking.

The project brief, which will pose a design problem located in the city of Atlanta, remains confidential until the start of the competition. Once the brief is announced, participants have 48 hours to design and submit their entries.


The competition is open to all types of designers (students, unlicensed designers, and designers up to 10 years after licensure) and participants must register in advance. Registration numbers will be assigned upon payment of the entry fee of $45.00 (early) or $60.00 (late). On July 18th at 5:00 PM,  registrants as individuals or in groups of up to five people will be provided with a “Program Packet” which includes all the details of the competition program. A 24 hour period has been allotted for participants to submit questions on the website with all answers to be posted by the competition organizers prior to 5 PM on July 19th. Entries must then be completed and submitted in digital PDF format (two horizontal / landscape 24″ x 36″ boards) by 11:59 PM on June 20th.


Wednesday, 2 July 2014 @ 5 PM: Competition announced; Registration opens; Dropbox distribution released

Friday, 18 July 2014 @ 5 PM: Competition opens; Brief uploaded to website; Questions period opens

Saturday, 19 July  2013 @ 5 PM: Questions period closes.

Sunday, 20 July 2013 @ 11:59 PM: All entries due.

Saturday, 2 August @ 7 PM: Winners announced at the Emerging Voices event at The Goat Farm Arts Center


1st Place: $600

2nd Place: $150

3rd place: Donated Prize

*All prizes must be picked up in person in Atlanta.


Early Registration: Starting Wednesday, 23 July 2014 @ 5PM, fee $45

Late registration: Starting Wed July 16 2014, fee $60


48HRS 2014  “Tomochichi: Mims Park Mark” - YAF48hrsCompetitionBrief_2014


Emerging Voices is an annual citation awarded to individuals and firms with a distinct ‘voice’ who demonstrate the potential to influence architecture and design within the Atlanta metropolitan area. Since 2001, the juried series has provided a public forum for the exhibition of early-career local architects and designers and encouraged the exchange of ideas among young practitioners and the public.

2014 Emerging Voices Award Recipient:  Jennifer Bonner

The Young Architects Forum Atlanta, a program of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is proud to present Jennifer Bonner, Assistant Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology and Director of Studio Bonner as this year’s recipient of the 2014 Emerging Voices Award.

A graduate of Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Auburn University’s Rural Studio, her work received the James Templeton Kelly Prize and an AR award for Emerging Architecture. She is Founder of A Guide to the Dirty South, a series of guidebooks that closely looks at cities otherwise deemed “backwoods” for lack of architectural heritage and recalls architectural typologies distinctly born in the American South. Forthcoming titles include: Atlanta, New Orleans, and Miami. Her scholarly and design work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and most recently at the Istanbul Design Biennial.

As a designer and educator, Bonner is devoted to a model of applied design and research where pedagogy developed in academia often infects the way she practices. Similarly, work in practice influences her teaching. The methodologies deployed for this exhibition, Domestic Hats, follows an initiative to invent a new undergraduate curriculum taught at Georgia Tech School of Architecture during the 2013-2014 academic year titled, It’s All about the Roof, where she led thirty sophomore students through a series of rigorous design exercises about the elements in architecture. Goat Farm Flyer

press release by The Goat Farm Arts Center

The opening exhibition of Domestic Hats by Jennifer Bonner, 2014 YAF Emerging Voices Award recipient, will also serve as the announcement platform for the 48 Hour Design Competition winners.


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YAF Atlanta 10Up Design Competition 2013

The Young Architects Forum of Atlanta (YAF Atlanta), a program of the American Institute of Architects Atlanta, is pleased to announce its fourth Annual design competition entitled 10Up. We are inviting innovative designers to step up to the 10Up challenge! This year, Modern Atlanta (MA) and YAF Atlanta are teaming up with the Lifecycle Building Center and The Architecture and Design Center to create a series of events around the 10Up installation. This year also marks the first time 10Up will be installed inside an historic structure, a former factory designed by world renowned architect Albert Kahn.

Have your work built and published

Each year, Modern Atlanta (MA) hosts a celebration of architecture and design with a week of events in and around the city of Atlanta.  This year, the executive directors and founders of MA have once again asked YAF Atlanta to hold a competition for a temporary outdoor installation that will act as a beacon for this week of events. The structure is to be installed and operational before and during the MA 2013 Design is Human events currently planned for June 1, thru June 9, 2013. The project is not only to accentuate the series of events organized by MA, but it will also be an event in its own right, celebrating young talents exhibiting their innovative works to Design is Human patrons.

Committee Chairs:Nathan Koskovich, 10UP CommitteeCo-Chair & Nghi Duong, 10Up Committee Co-Chair

Directors : Doug Hanna, AIA – Emerging Professional Directors, Brent Amos, AIA – Emerging Professional Directors



“Winning Submission will be built and published.”

The goal of this temporary installation is to create a unique spatial experience that complements the MA 2013 Design is Human event with a large scale design element accessible to event patrons.


  • Two of the three critical dimensions (LxWxH) must not exceed 10’-0”. All aspects of public safety should be accommodated.
  • Construction budget: TBD
  • Assembly or disassembly should require no more than 24hrs respectively.
  • Though Volunteer labor may be available, the winning entry is responsible for executing and coordinating the construction process and the follow-up deconstruction.


Special care should be taken in the selection of materials and construction techniques; those that can be prefabricated and installed quickly–installed and removed within 24hrs–with simple tools and an untrained assembly crew are recommended. Modularity is encouraged; one or two individuals should be able to move and/or carry pieces of the project by hand. Consideration should also be given to the possibility of reassembly; some installations may be installed in other locations in the future. In the spirit of the endeavors toward sustainability and our partnership with the Lifecycle Building Center, the use of reclaimed or recycled materials is encourage to decrease manufactured waste and by-products.


Lifecycle Building Center1116 Murphy Avenue, SWAtlanta, GA 30310

Originally the home of the LinkBelt Corporation, the 1914 structure”s interior presents a unique opportunity for a dramatic installation.

Link to site images: LBC”s photostream



      1st – $1000.00 – Cash Prize
  • TBD construction budget
  • 4 passes to Modern Atlanta Design is Human Week
  • Inclusion in MA’s Design is Human Magazine
  • Inclusion in AIA Atlanta’s Design Equilibrium publication
      2nd – $300.00 – Cash Prize
    • 2 passes to Modern Atlanta Design is Human Week
    • Inclusion in MA’s Design is Human Magazine
    • Inclusion in AIA Atlanta’s Design Equilibrium publication
      Honorable Mention (2)
    • Inclusion in MA’s Design is Human Magazine

Entrants will be contacted by e-mail with contest information and given a random entry number. All working files (building plans, 3D models, etc…) will be emailed to entrant after registration has been confirmed. Schedule General Registration ends March 8 at 11:59 p.m.Submission due March 15 at 11:59 p.m.Winners will be notified by e-mail by March 22. Submission Guidelines Submit the following:

      • Two 24×36 .jpg images at 300 dpi showing the major design elements of the participant’s project. The submission should demonstrate the design’s feasibility for installation within the allotted time and budget constraints.
      • A description of the participant’s project in 500 words or less
      • In the lower right corner of the participant’s submission, include participant’s YAF assigned entry number.
      • No names may appear on the submissions. Submissions that include participant names will not be judged.

Email submissions to 10upatlanta@aiaatl.org

      • Submissions must be compressed into a single zip file.
      • File folder title should be 10Up_”participants’s YAF assigned entry number”.
      • Subject of e-mail should be participant’s YAF assigned entry number.

Jurors – TBD For more information Contact: 10upatlanta@aiaatl.org


      • IDP:  on facebook, NCARB, IDP BLOG, AIA
      • ARE:   on facebook, NCARB, ARE BLOG, AIA
      • YAF LEADERSHIP PROGRAM Professional Directors:  Krista Dumkrieger, AIA – Atlanta Emerging Professional Director email:  kristadumkrieger@coopercarry.com
      • AIA Atlanta Calendar, Events Coordination/Promotion, Web Graphics,  email:  milan@aiaatl.org

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