Young Architects Forum (YAF)

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Young Architects Forum (YAF) Kansas City is a committee of AIA Kansas City and is dedicated to connecting emerging architectural professionals, developing the next generation of design leaders, and raising an awareness of the value of high quality design in our built environment. We seek to support and encourage young professionals in the field of architecture to obtain their license, become involved with career development and leadership opportunities, and engage allied professionals through collaboration. Although membership in the AIA is not required to participate in YAF programs, we encourage you to become a member of AIA Kansas City to take advantage of the full range of resources provided to the profession.

We continuously seek out new and fresh ideas and the energy and resources to implement them, and have fun doing it. You don’t have to be young or an architect to be a part of this group! Join us at our next event to build your local professional network, make friends and become engaged in our local community.



MoD | Diagramming

What is a diagram? How can information be displayed and distilled down to the basics to convey a complex idea, simply? Whether a call back to Design Studio in school or design proposals for real world projects, from purely conceptual graphics to a break-down of a wall section or detail, a diagram is a designer’s tool to convey a concept or idea about an overall design. 

AIA Kansas City's Young Architects Forum (YAF) has created Monsters of Design (MoD) to showcase and celebrate design graphics and visual communication that is integral to the work we do everyday as designers. These diagrams may be as simple or complex as desired, and may be as basic as a cleaned-up napkin sketch to a fully fleshed out design. 

Submissions due, 11/24/2020

  • No limit to number of entries, (1) diagram per submission
  • Teams, firms, and individuals may all submit
  • Diagrams can be of existing or conceptual work
  • Single 10”x10” board (pdf) per entry

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected by a panel of judges based on graphic clarity, how well the content is conveyed, and aesthetic value

Winners will be featured in Building Blocks, AIA social media channels, and the YAF page on the AIA Kansas City website, along with the rest of the entries.

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MOD | What is the Future of Architecture?

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From building codes to technological advancements, the field of architecture is ever changing and progressing. The methods and architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright do not look at all like the profession today; architects will have to continually change and adapt to meet the demands of future generations. What can we do now to prepare for our future needs, and how can we predict what those future needs will be?

MoD Submission Boards

BRR Architecture
DRAW Architecture + Urban Design
Hoefer Wysocki Submission 1
Hoefer Wysocki Submission 2


Committee Co-Chairs

Bryce Cummings, AIA
Jake Brannon, Associate AIA

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