AIA.YAF students and mentors (1)
American Institute of Architects/Young Architect Forum students and mentors engage in discussions.

Students in the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning have an opportunity tonight to discover the process of design through speed-networking. The students and mentors from the American Institute of Architects/Young Architect Forum (AIA/YAF) take part in Project Team Night, Monday, March 3 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in George Pearl Hall, room P104 to learn how to complete a project from drawings through construction. The event is free and open to the public.

Licensed architects will be available to answer questions about AIA/YAF, educational outreach and mentorship. 

“Project Team Night will demonstrate the importance of collaboration in architecture,” said Gail Granot, AIA/YAF advisor and architect at Dekker/Perich/Sabatini. “In school, you’re busy focusing on design, and you don’t necessarily understand the scope of responsibilities of working architects. The Young Architects Forum is a great opportunity for students to be paired with licensed architects and get a better sense of the breadth of a project.” 

Juniors and seniors from AIAS University of New Mexico Chapter will meet with 12 consultants at the event. Consultants include a contractor from Enterprise Builders, a civil engineer from Bohannan Huston, Inc., an interior designer from Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, a landscape architect, product rep, specifications writer, engineers and an acoustic consultant. Students will ask each consultant about cross-ventilation, increasing a building’s water and energy savings, and other questions pertinent to any architectural project. 

Project Team Night at UNM is lead by AIA Albuquerque members, including Gail Granot from Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Marie Holloway of Cherry/See/Reames, Steven Williams of Greer Stafford, and Nancy Lomax of Upland Corporation. 

The Young Architects Forum (YAF) is a program of the AIA is organized to address issues of particular importance to emerging architects. The Albuquerque Chapter of YAF was re-initiated five years ago to provide mentorship to students and provide leadership, mentorship and fellowship for newly licensed architects.