The Voice for Texas Architecture

Young Architects Representative (YAR)

Applications are open for the Young Architects Representative (YAR) position (2024–2025 term) for the Texas Society of Architects.

Young Architects Representative (YAR)

Applications are open for the Young Architects Representative (YAR) position (2024–2025 term) for the Texas Society of Architects.

Are you an AIA Member interested in the issues confronting young architects? Would you like to help the Young Architects Forum (YAF) address these issues? Then, you may be just the person we’re looking for.

Every two years, Texas Society of Architects selects an AIA member licensed for less than 10 years to represent the state as YAF Young Architect Representative (YAR). Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 – 2025 YAR term.

This is a tremendous opportunity to take on a larger leadership role within the AIA. This rewarding experience will allow you to be actively engaged in shaping the future of the profession and to grow your network within the AIA locally, state-wide, and nationally.

Position Overview

YAF Purpose

The AIA YAF is the voice of recently licensed Architects and a catalyst for progress within the profession. The national YAF encourages development of programs for young architects and supports the creation of YAF groups within local and state components. YAF programs, activities, and resources provide young architects with information and leadership; excellence through fellowship with other professionals; and mentoring to enhance individual, community, and professional development.

YAF Vision

  • We ENGAGE recently licensed Architects in leadership to become agents of change within the Institute and the profession overall.
  • We INSPIRE professional growth among recently licensed Architects through fellowship within the Institute.
  • We ADVOCATE for issues of particular relevance to recently licensed Architects to the Institute.
  • We SERVE to make AIA memberships meaningful to recently licensed architects through programs and services that effectively anticipate, meet and exceed their needs.
  • We PROMOTE mentorship at all career stages to enhance personal growth, community involvement, and professional development.

YAF Overview

The Young Architects Forum (YAF) is the voice of architects in the early stages of their career and a catalyst for change within the profession and our communities. Working closely with the AIA College of Fellows and the American Institute of Architects as a whole, the YAF is leading the future of the profession with a focus on architects who are within ten years or less from the date of their initial licensure. The YAF Advisory Committee and Young Architect Representatives (YARs) are charged with encouraging the development of national and state programs of interest to young architects and supporting the creation of YAF groups within AIA components. Approximately 23,000 AIA members are represented by the YAF. 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.

More information about the YAF can be found here:

YAR Responsibilities

The YAR is the primary connection between local, state, and the Young Architects Forum (YAF). Many local chapters also refer to their YAF committees as Emerging Professionals (EP) or Young Professionals (YP).

The YAR keeps communication flowing between these groups by:

  • Maintaining quarterly communication with all YAF/EP/YP chapters within the designated state.
  • Serving as a conduit between local YAF/EP/YP chapters and the YAF Advisory Committee (AdComm).
  • Collecting and disseminating information to local, state, and national components.
  • Submitting a state report.

The YAR contributes to the direction and planning of the YAF by:

  • Participating in the YAF Annual Meeting.
  • Working on various national issues.
  • Working on at least one group identified by the YAF annually.

The YAR is a connection at the state level to other AIA groups by:

  • Communicating with State Associate Representative (STAR) quarterly about how to work together to support each other’s efforts.
  • Suggesting or encouraging young architects for nomination for state or national awards, positions or committees/subcommittees.
  • Attending AIA’s convention, when possible.
  • Working within TxA to ensure that expectations from state leadership are clearly defined and met.
  • Attending and participating as a voting member at state board meetings.
  • YARs may be asked to volunteer on AIA board committees.

YAR Commitments

AIA National Commitments are as follows:

  • YAF & NAC Joint Annual Meeting (Q1) 2 – 2 1/2 days
  • YAF full committee conference calls – 1 hour each TBD estimated quarterly
  • YAF taskforce/workgroup conference calls – 30-60 minutes monthly
  • Additional time dedicated to working the efforts/goals of the committee approx. 4 – 6 hours a month

TxA commitments are as follows:

  • Attend and participate in quarterly board meetings – three will be in person – full day Thursday and half day Friday. These meetings will take place at TxA HQ in Austin unless an out-of-town meeting is being planned. The Q4 meeting will be a full-day virtual meeting.
  • Leadership Retreat – This will be a two- to three-day meeting at TxA HQ held in January and will include the full board, committee chairs, and local chapter leadership.
  • Work with the TxA Associate Director and STAR to curate Emerging Leaders programming for TxA’s annual conference.

Other recommended engagement:

  • AIA Grassroots
  • AIA Conference on Architecture

YAF Funding

AIA National covers the costs for YARs travel, food, and lodging to attend the NAC/YAF Annual Meeting (if in person). In addition, YARs have the opportunity to attend AIA Grassroots and the AIA Conference, but expenses for these events, along with any other costs associated with other travel or conferences, are the responsibility of the YAR.

Texas Society of Architects provides a stipend to cover expenses for all TxA Board Meetings and the Leadership Retreat, TxA’s annual conference, and either AIA Grassroots or the AIA Conference.

Application Requirements

The Young Architect Representative (YAR) must be a member in good standing of a component within the State and within the first 10 years of initial licensure during their first year of their term. No individual may serve as a YAR for more than four years in total, whether consecutively or non-consecutively. This eligibility shall remain consistent with the requirements of the YAF as of the time of the election of the YAR. The YAR shall serve a 2-year term (January 2024 – December 2025).

Selection Process

TxA’s Nominating Committee, together with our current STAR & YAR will prepare nominations to be reviewed and elected by the Board of Directors of the Texas Society of Architects in June 2023. Once approved by the TxA Board, the slate is presented to the full Texas membership at the Annual Business Meeting.

Application Deadline: 

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CT

If you have any issues uploading files using this form, or if you simply prefer email, all application items can be sent via email to Please include “2024-2025 YAR” in your subject line.

Application items: Statement of Interest, Resume, Recommendation Letters (optional), Headshot, and any additional details you’d like to add.