The Young Architects Forum Atlanta (YAF Atlanta) is a public forum created to address issues and discuss topics relevant to young architecture and design professionals in the Metro Atlanta area (10 years or less after licensure). Joanna Robinson, Assoc. AIA and Clara Winston currently lead YAF.
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 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.
Joanna Robinson, Assoc. AIA: Email
Clara Winston: Email
About Emerging Voices
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.
2016 Emerging Voices Honoree
The 2016 honoree was Christina Shivers, an architectural designer at plexus r+d and studio instructor at Kennesaw State University. At the Emerging Voices ceremony, Christina presented her installation, “Architectural Drawing Machines for Atlanta,” which identifies 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.