YAF Triangle

Emerging Professionals

The Triangle Young Architects Forum | Emerging Professionals is a subcommittee of the American Institute of Architects Triangle Chapter. The organization focuses on the professional and personal development of interns and young architects in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill region of North Carolina. We strive to aid young architects in the transition from graduation to licensure and beyond. 

Featured Outreach: Durham Memory Map Under Development

We are working to use what we've learned in the successful Raleigh Memory Map outreaches in Durham and will soon begin the creation of the re-useable base map.  This map will be used at Durham Farmers Market and other festivals as a way to interact with the community and communicate the importance of what architects do.

Past Featured Outreach: designSPARK

SPARKcon is an open source festival held yearly in Raleigh, NC in which members of the community come together and volunteer to create content for the three day event.  YAF consistently takes a leadership role in the designSPARK team, which seeks to raise awareness of the great design community within Raleigh.  Our last two years have featured a 10 x 20 foot metal map of Raleigh that participants are asked to mark with a significant memory from their life.  Each person is then asked to think about where that event happened.  The point?  That the design of our spaces and places is vitally important and impacts our lives every day...especially our greatest moments.

YAF Community Projects and Public Outreach Mission Statement

One of the AIA's main tenants which YAF has embraced is increasing the awareness of the importance of the architect's in the community.  We regularly participate in festivals, conferences and events which allow our membership to take this message to the general public. 

We also strive to directly improve our community through partnerships with other organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Raleigh Greenway, the AIA Committee on the Environment, and Wake Tech.  Joining these organizations to complete service projects creates opportunities for interns and young architects to gain the type of design input and leadership experience they might not be getting at work.

While our members are gaining great experiences they are also demonstrating the leadership potential of our profession.  We believe the successful completion of community based projects improves our cities as we increase the public’s awareness of what architects do.

Getting Involved

YAF is always open to new people joining our outreach efforts.  For more information just contact our leadership team by emailing yaftriangle@gmail.com.

Events and initiatives Include:

- designSPARK: an interactive effort within the open source SPARKcon festival

- Wendell Park: a partnership with the City of Wendell's Parks Department to provide plans and renderings

- Have-A-Seat: designing and constructing benches for the City of Raleigh

- "Ask an Architect": public awareness efforts stages at various farmer's market in the Triangle