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Emerging Professionals
Young Architects Forum
The AIA Northern Virginia Chapter offers an active Young Architects Forum (YAF) to provide emerging professionals the opportunity to network, learn and have fun. Our YAF serves interns, Associate members and Architect members licensed 10 years or less.

The YAF organizes building and firm tours, happy hours, ARE Prep classes and even mentoring programs.

YAF events are announced in our Chapter's publications and on our website. We also offer a YAF email distribution list. To request your name/email address be added to the list, email your request to

ARE Prep Series
Our Chapter offers a complete series of classes to help you prepare for the exams. We also offer our Associate members the opportunity to borrow ARE® study materials free of charge. For additional information and a schedule of sessions, visit our ARE® Prep page.

No matter if you prefer speed mentoring, one-on-one or vertical mentoring, our YAF committee in conjunction with several other Chapter committees, organizes events throughout the year. Watch for announcements in our publications and on our calendar.

Help Finding a Job
AIA Northern Virginia can help you in your job search. We have a resume bank you can add to and a Job Board that can help you whether you are looking for work or just a new opportunity. Send a PDF of your resume to us at

Scholarship Program
To encourage and support students pursuing a degree in architecture, the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter, with support from the AIA National, offers annual scholarship programs.

AIA Northern Virginia Annual Student Scholarship Competition
Organized by our Chapter's Schools Connections Committee, the scholarship program is available to rising 4th year and higher students enrolled in an accredited architecture program in Virginia or to those who live within the Chapter boundaries and attend an accredited architecture program elsewhere in the country. Scholarships of at least $1000 each, to be used for tuition in an accredited architecture program, will be awarded.

Eligible students wishing to be considered for scholarship money are encouraged to check our website for the Call for Entries, released in April each year.

ARE® Scholarship
The AIA NoVA's Young Architects Forum (YAF) has developed a scholarship program to support testing and defray the costs for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). This scholarship is intended to recognize an Associate AIA member who has made significant contributions to the profession at an early stage in their career and to encourage their pursuit of licensure.

Past Presidents and Fellows Scholarship
Awarded annually each Spring, the Past Presidents and Fellows Scholarship is a minority-directed scholarship that aims to support diversity and inclusion among students pursuing architecture as a career by helping to cultivate the future of the architecture profession.

The American Institute of Architects Students
The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is a student-run organization that supports architecture students across the country, providing members with information, advocacy, education and networking opportunities. Most student members experience the AIAS through a collegiate or high school chapter.

The National Architectural Accrediting Board
The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture. Since most state registration boards require any applicant for licensure to have graduated from a NAAB-accredited program, obtaining such a degree is an essential aspect of preparing for the professional practice of architecture. While graduation from a NAAB-accredited program does not assure registration, the accrediting process is intended to verify that each accredited program substantially meets those standards that, as a whole, comprise an appropriate education for an architect.

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is a non-profit organization made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects. The Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration, develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture, provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration, and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB maintains records for state boards, architects and interns, including AXP, AREĀ®, certification and reciprocity.