Emerging ProfessionalsYoung 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, mentoring programs and even a volleyball team. They also author a section in each issue of AIA Northern Virginia News that showcases the work of our Chapter's YAF members.
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 be added to the list, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 page.
From one-on-one matching to speed mentoring to vertical mentoring, our YAF organizes events throughout the year. Watch for announcements in our publications and on our website.
Help Finding a Job
AIA Northern Virginia can help you in your job search. We have a resume bank that our firm principals really use and an email distribution list so you are the first to hear about new job openings. So if you are looking for work or just a new opportunity, be sure to send us your resume and request your email be added to our list. Email us at email@example.com.
Herlong Design Award
AIA Northern Virginia offers a Design Award specifically for Associate members. Submittals can be entire projects or just a part of a project for which the member had primary design responsibility. Information can be found in our Design Awards Call for Entries, issued each March. View the Design Awards page.
To encourage and support students pursuing a degree in architecture, the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter, with support from the National AIA, offers an annual scholarship program.
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.
AIA National's Career Stages
The Career Stages website offers a wealth of resources for emerging professionals, including information on IDP, ARE, mentorship, getting licensed and careers in architecture. It also provides links to two AIA publications aimed at emerging professionals: AssociateNews, a semi-monthly newsletter produced by the National Associates Committee for Associate members, and Forward, the scholarly journal produced by the National Associates Committee to provide a voice for Associate AIA members within the Institute.
Emerging Professionals Companion
The Emerging Professional's Companion (EPC) was developed by the AIA with NCARB to support the intern in the IDP process, particularly in gaining credit. Designed to increase support, involvement and mentoring of firms, supervisors and mentors, all members of the profession can participate in learning opportunities provided by the EPC.
American Institute of Architecture 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 IDP, ARE, certification and reciprocity.