Young Architects Forum (YAF)

YAF trivia Corbusier good.jpegYoung 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.



Monsters of Design: Call for Entries

MoD Banner_2023.pngAIA Kansas City's Young Architects Forum (YAF) is pleased to announce the 2023 Monsters of Design competition celebrating the work of young designers. This is a great opportunity for young designers to demonstrate their craft. YAF is hard at work assembling a jury and organizing a stellar award ceremony in October. 


Call for Entries: June 05, 2023

Submission Requirements Due: September 22, 2023

MoD Award Ceremony + Exhibition @ Plug Gallery: Early October

More Details & to Enter >

Monsters of Design | 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. 

1st Place: DRAW Architecture + Urban Design

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2nd Place: Hufft

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3rd Place: Travis Snell

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Committee Co-Chairs

Jaasiel Duarte-Terrazas, Associate AIA
Tayvia Triplett, Associate AIA

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