YAF Chat | Blanchard’s Coffee : Designing the Client’s Vision

Join us for a ‘coffee hour’ discussion with Seth Bauserman of Blanchard’s Coffee and Jessie Gemmer of Fultz & Singh Architects. This casual chat over some delicious Blanchard’s coffee will aim to articulate the client’s perspective towards the design process. Blanchard’s has opened three new café locations in the past two years and will share their experience of getting from start to finish on three very unique locations, while maintaining their quality of brand.

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YAFCON 2020: The Empathic Architect

YAF CON 2020: The Empathic Architect convenes a series of engaging conversations about designing with empathy and practicing with intentionality. Join your fellow emerging professionals the week of Oct. 26–Oct. 30 for a daily series of peer-led discussions over lunch and presentations by purposeful — sometimes unconventional — leaders each evening.

In a continuation of the dialogue from 2019’s Architect of the New Era, we’ve invited driven, purposeful leaders who have taken a human-focused approach to their work, their careers, and their firms.

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Summer Design Challenge Launched

In late 2019, leaders from the AIA Hampton Roads Young Architects Forum (YAF Hampton Roads) were awarded the Helene Combs Dreiling Fellowship to develop a design competition to encourage collaboration among emerging professionals in the industry. As the coronavirus emerged and social distancing protocols were put into place, YAF Hampton Roads quickly pivoted their vision for the program to support students current enrolled in a Virginia college or university architecture, structural engineering, building sciences, construction management program (or related field of study). And, thus the Summer Design Challenge was born. A cash prize of $1000 will be awarded to the winning team.

The design brief outlines the challenge and eligibility requirements. Following registration, participants will be assigned to multidisciplinary teams, each of which be assigned a mentor. The mentor will facilitate a design charrette and remain available to assist and offer guidance until they’re ready to make their final submission to the Summer Design Challenge.

The registration deadline is June. 5.

YAF Virtual ARE Trivia Night

Join AIA Richmond’s Young Architect’s Forum for an evening of trivia. Questions will touch on topics from all of the exams, so no matter which section you’re preparing for, you’ll learn a thing or two. You don’t have to be actively studying to attend, but these questions will make you think! Plus, you’ll have a chance to win gift cards from some of our favorite restaurants.

​Register online.