Young Architects Forum

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The Young Architects Forum Atlanta (YAF Atlanta) 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 2016 leaders are Jereme Smith, Assoc. AIA and Krista Dumkrieger, AIA.

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

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.

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About Emerging Voices


Christina Shivers

Emerging Voices is an annual citation awarded to individuals and firms with a distinct voice demonstrating 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 local early-career architects and designers, encouraging the exchange of ideas among young practitioners and the public.



This year’s reception is on Monday, March 28 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC). ADAC is located at 349 Peachtree Hills Ave NE, Suite 403.

Tickets are $10 for students (with ID), $15 for AIA members and $20 for the general public.

Parking is free. You may also ride MARTA to the Lindbergh Station, a 15 minute walk from the venue.

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Honoree: Christina Shivers

YAF Atlanta proudly announces Christina Shivers, studio instructor at Kennesaw State University, as recipient of the 2016 Emerging Voices Award.

As she presents her installation, “Architectural Drawing Machines for Atlanta,” she will identify the endangered features of Atlanta’s built landscape to create an appreciation for Atlanta’s history and idiosyncrasies through the act of “voicing” the unheard histories of spaces, sites and buildings within the city.

Growing up in a military family, Christina moved to a new location every two years; because of this, she considers many places and no place home. Christina has gained much recognition having recently presented her research at the Berlin Unlimited Urban Symposium in Germany and the AIA Washington D.C. Emerging Architects Thesis Showcase. She has a Master’s of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, and previously studied music at the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, graduating with a bachelor’s. She is currently working as an architectural designer at plexus r+d in Atlanta and as a studio instructor at Kennesaw State University.

Christina’s installation will be on exhibit from March 28 through April 1.


Call for Submissions: Due March 1

Students, young professionals and past winners will have the opportunity to publicly exhibit their work at ADAC alongside this year’s honoree Christina. Please submit digital entries and inquiries by email by March 1, 2016. Selected works will be notified by March 7.

Submissions must include the following information:

– Name of work
– Names of contributors
– School or company where employed (if applicable)
– Final dimensions of work
– Contact information

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Thank you to our sponsors:

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A special thank you to our venue sponsor:

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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.

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.


More information coming soon.

YAFLeadership Positions

Taking on a position of leadership with the Young Architects Forum of Atlanta is a great opportunity to make friends, network and expand your professional horizons. You will meet like-minded emerging professionals with similar goals as well as seasoned architects who value the AIA programs and admire the young architects who commit time to advance them. Volunteering with AIA Atlanta can count towards your IDP hours, volunteer and get involved today! You do not need to be an AIA member to volunteer with YAF.

YAF Chairs (x2)

Term: 1 year commitment
Reports to: EP Director
Description: Help plan event calendar. Higher level supervision of events. Quarterly meeting with other YAF leadership + special events meetings, as required.

YAF Event Chair

Term: Varies based on event, typical 4-6months
Reports to: YAF chairs + EP Director
Description: Developing program for designated special event (ex/ 48HRS, 10UP, Emerging Voices). Venue selection and logistics + refreshment coordination. Coordinates with Communications/Outreach Chair to successfully market event.

Sponsor Appreciation Chair

Term: 1 year commitment
Reports to: EP director
Description: Developing Appreciation documents (thank you cards etc), coordinating with EP Director and Event Chair to thank speakers and sponsors.

Communications/Outreach Chair

Term: 1 year commitment
Reports to: YAF Chairs
Description: Work with AIA Atlanta Director of Communications and Event chairs to successfully market and share events. Assist with flyers and graphics. Develop and pull content for newsletters.

YAF Photographers

Term: 1 year
Reports to: YAF Chairs
Description: Attends YAF events and takes photographs. Delivers photographs to AIA Atlanta Communications Director within 1 week of event. Will be recognized by name anywhere photos are published.

Mentoring/AIAS Chair

Term: 1.5 year term
Reports to: EP Director
Description: Maintain a relationship with AIAS leadership. Match interested students with architecture professionals in the area. Send end of year Thank Yous to participating architects.



      • 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:
      • AIA Atlanta Calendar, Events Coordination/Promotion, Web Graphics,  email:

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