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.