P. O. Box 16148
Albuquerque, NM 87191
p. 505-328-3969, f: 505-856-0104
Jean Gibson, Executive Director


  Young Architects Forum (YAF):  
On a national level, the Young Architects Forum (YAF) is a program of the American Institute of Architects and the College of Fellows (COF) and is organized to address issues of particular importance to recently licensed architects (within ten years after licensure). Visit the AIA National Young Architects Forum online by clicking here . Another valuable resource for those working toward an architecture degree, a license, or an established career in architecture is the Emerging Professionals Program available at the AIA National web site. Here you will find information on the Intern Development Program, YAF and more!

The YAF is an outgrowth of a 1989 AIA Grassroots program involving 36 young architects from around the nation assembled by AIA President Ben Brewer, Jr. FAIA. The issues raised and potential benefits visualized at that meeting led to the 1991 formation of a national YAF Advisory Committee, to encourage the development of national and regional programs of interest to young architects and the creation of YAF groups within local chapters.

Locally, the YAF is developing professional gatherings involving local AIA Fellows and architects to address current and important issues as they relate to young architects. The local chapter has taken the national level a bit farther in respect to the small size of the populace of the New Mexico region and Albuquerque in particular. Toward this end, the YAF would like to include all interns and unregistered professionals as well as AIAS and any other individuals who are interested in participation in the YAF.

This year, the NM YAF has introduced a mentorship program beginning in the Fall 2009.  It will run throughout the year in addition to the quarterly meetings. It is designed to connect YA's with an experienced architect or AIA Fellow for a duration of 8 months. Limited spots are available, participation is voluntary. Participants must complete the application provided and are not required to participate to be a YAF member. For questions contact any of those listed below. Please see link below for the application. Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2010; Please send application via e-mail to gailg@dpsdesign.org

Marie Shaver-Holloway, YAF Chair mariesholloway@gmail.com
Stephen Williams, YAF Co-Chair swilliams@greer-stafford.com
Tina Reames, YAF Advisor tmreames@cherryseereames.com

  Architectural Experience  Program (AXP):  

AXP is a profession-wide, comprehensive program that contributes to the development of competent architects who can provide exemplary architectural services.

The AXP training requirement is the program’s foundation. To satisfy this requirement, you must complete specific periods of training in six major categories: Practice Management, Project Management, Programming & Analysis, Project Planning & Design, Project Development & Documentation, and Construction & Evaluation. You are also encouraged, but not required, to gain training in areas beyond the traditional scope of architectural practice.

The AXP includes 96 tasks that are typically performed in six experience areas. These are key items a licensure candidate should be capable of performing in order to practice architecture independently.


  Architect Registration Examination (ARE):  

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. The ARE is the only examination prepared by NCARB and has been adopted for use by all 54 U.S. member boards and the Canadian provincial architectural associations as the registration examination required of all candidates for architectural registration.