CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: AIA Young Architects Forum Advocacy Director

Application Deadline: February 4, 2013

The Young Architects Forum (YAF) is the voice of architects in the early stages of their career and the catalyst for change within the profession and our communities. Working closely with the AIA College of Fellows (COF), the YAF is leading the future of the profession with a focus on architects licensed less than 10 years. The national YAF AdCom is charged with encouraging the development of national and regional programs of interest to young architects and supporting the creation of YAF groups within local chapters. YAF programs, activities, and resources serve young architects by providing information and leadership; promoting excellence through fellowship with other professionals; and encouraging mentoring to enhance individual, community, and professional development. Click here to read more about volunteer expectations.

Advisory Committee position available:

Volunteers with a proven interest and experience with Advocacy are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the Advocacy Director position, see page 24 of the YAF Handbook.

Please Note: Director terms are two years. Major meetings of the AdCom are typically scheduled three times a year (AIA Grassroots, AIA National Convention, and a fall YAF conference) along with monthly conference calls.

Application Process

Application Requirements:

  • Applicant Letter of Interest: one 8.5”x11” page describing applicant’s interest in a specific position.
  • Back-up materials: five 8.5”x11” pages maximum, including applicant’s resume at a minimum.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from an AIA component leader (such as a Chapter President, Regional Director, or Component Executive).

Please address application materials to AdCom Selection Committee Chair Brad Benjamin. Please submit application as a PDF document titled:
“YAF_AdCom_Application_LastName_FirstName.pdf” and e-mail to

Eligibility: Nominees must be members of the AIA in good standing, and architects licensed ten years or less for at least the first year of their term. Appointments are based on submitted materials, and selection will be made by the YAF AdCom selection committee. Although the Young Architect Regional Director (YARD) roster often serves as a pool of nominees for the AdCom positions, YARD experience is not required. Other members of the AdCom (in a non-voting capacity) include the immediate AdCom Past-Chair, the Emerging Professionals Director, an AIA Board Representative, and a COF Liaison.

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