The Young Architects Forum of AIA Atlanta (YAF Atlanta) was created to address issues and discuss topics relevant to young architecture and design professionals in Metro Atlanta who have been licensed for 10 years or less. The 2017 program is led by Joanna Robinson, Assoc. AIA and Clara Winston.
Nationally, YAF is a joint program of AIA and the College of Fellows (COF), with roots dating back to 1989 when former 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.
YAF played a vital role in AIA Atlanta’s 1998 reinvention. Through the hard work of young professionals, the help of past 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.
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.
Joanna Robinson, Assoc. AIA: Email
Clara Winston: Email