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Young Architects Forum

YAF
For emerging professionals looking for opportunities to learn, lead, connect, and have fun
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About Us

The Young Architects Forum (YAF) in Northern Virginia is dedicated to nurturing a vibrant community of emerging design professionals. Our group provides a platform for young professionals in the field to connect, share ideas, and engage in meaningful discussions about the future of architecture. Our mission is to provide support for individuals working towards licensure, facilitate engagement with career development opportunities, and advocate for architecture’s role in Northern Virginia. Through a range of initiatives, we promote fellowship, growth, and community impact. Our resources include Exam Solidarity Coffee meetups, an ARE Prep Course, and the AIA NoVA’s YAF Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) Scholarship, all aimed at assisting members in their journey towards licensure. We also host networking events such as social hours, rooftop yoga, and urban sketch walks to foster connections within the design community. Our mentorship program includes annual top golf outings and monthly “Dinner with an Architect” series, providing invaluable insights and networking opportunities with industry leaders. Additionally, we offer developmental activities like lectures and hard hat tours, enabling members to expand their knowledge and skills. Join us as we cultivate a supportive environment for young architects to thrive and make a positive impact on the built environment of Northern Virginia.

Our Leadership

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Alexandra Foster, Assoc. AIA

2023-2024 Co-Chair
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Elizabeth Parry, AIA

2023-2024 Co-Chair

Check Out Latest News

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04/16/2024

Celebrating Napkin Sketch Winners

In March, the Young Architects Forum (YAF) revived the Napkin Sketching Contest, to showcase the starting point of many architectural marvels — the humble napkin sketch. Designers of all levels, from professionals to beginners, eagerly submitted their napkin sketches for consideration. The entries ranged from playful doodles by aspiring elementary school students to precise drawings by seasoned firm leaders, each
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02/24/2024

Call for Entries: March Napkin Sketching Contest

This March, YAF is reviving the AIA NoVA Napkin Sketching Contest. We all know the greatest architectural marvels often start as a humble napkin sketch! It’s the architect’s go-to canvas! Get ready because this March, YAF’s AIA NoVA Napkin Sketch Contest is back, offering you the chance to unleash your creativity and sketch your way to architectural fame. Whether it’s
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02/24/2024

Celebrating Black History Month: Recap from Dinner with an Architect Series featuring Kathie Prigmore, FAIA

After sitting down to dinner and getting to know each other better, Kathie shared her origin story – because she really is a superhero. From architecture, engineering, management, business, education, mentorship – Kathie’s journey is a testament to her multifaceted talents. What sets her apart is her innate ability to identify gaps and ingeniously chart innovative paths to address them.

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