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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:

  • Krista Dumkrieger, 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.


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 ATL 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 ATL 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:  kristadumkrieger@coopercarry.com
      • AIA Atlanta Calendar, Events Coordination/Promotion, Web Graphics,  email:  malachi@aiaatl.org

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