The American Institute of Architects Richmond was founded in 1976.

Young Architects Forum (YAF)

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Vision (why): To foster a community of design professionals who support each other as well as the greater Richmond community through architectural advocacy and intervention.

Mission (how): Through mentorship, networking, and development opportunities, YAF provides an environment that promotes collaboration, growth, and community impact for young architects and emerging professionals

The Young Architects Forum is sponsored by:

The Garland Company
Shade & Wise

510 Architects

YAF provides a variety of participation opportunities throughout the year, including but not limited to:

Ryan Alkire leads a YAF ARE session

ARE series

a forum for discussing, questioning, and celebrating the process of architectural licensure.

YAF As Built Happy Hour 2022

Welcome to Richmond & Industry Wide Happy Hours

an opportunity to welcome new and returning members into our design community and build a robust network of industry allies.

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Community Wish

an avenue for young professionals to engage with the greater Richmond community through an architectural design/build intervention


Sketching RVA

an opportunity to get back to our roots of communicating through pen and paper while exploring Richmond’s beautiful urban realm.

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Construction Site + Manufacturing Plant Hard Hat Tours

an occasion for young professionals to explore job sites and learn more about the construction and manufacturing processes to enhance their design abilities