The AIA Minnesota Board of Directors has the opportunity to appoint a Minnesota member to serve as a Young Architect Representative. The Young Architect Representative will be appointed to a two-year term, beginning on January 1, 2023.

Young Architect Representative for Minnesota 

The Minnesota Young Architect Representative represents young architects within AIA at the state and national level. They are the primary connection between local AIA chapters and the national YAF Advisory Committee (AdCom).

Roles and Responsibilities

The Young Architect Representative communicates information from AIA National to local emerging professionals groups and vice versa by:

  • Maintaining quarterly communication with Young Architects Forum (YAF) groups within their state
  • Serving as a conduit between local YAF groups and the AdCom

The Young Architect Representative contributes to the direction and planning of the YAF by:

  • Participating in the YAF Annual Meeting and attending YAF full committee conference calls
  • Working with the AdCom on various national issues through participation in at least one YAF Focus Group
  • Attending AIA Grassroots and AIA National Conference, when possible

The Young Architect Representative serves young architects at the state level by:

  • Serving on their state Board of Directors
  • Providing reports regarding the activities of the YAF and emerging professionals groups when requested
  • Maintaining quarterly communication with the following counterparts from their state: National Associates Committee (NAC) state representatives, Strategic Council representative, and College of Fellows (COF) regional representative
  • Attending monthly AIA Board Visibility Network calls
  • Suggesting or encouraging young architects for nomination for state or national awards, positions, or committees/subcommittees.

Young Architect Representatives have the option to represent YAF within the larger AIA National community by serving as a member of or liaison to any of the following: Strategic Council work groups, Knowledge Communities, Board Committees, Member Interest Groups, or Task Forces. These opportunities may vary from year to year.


Candidates must be an AIA Minnesota member in good standing and must not be licensed more than ten (10) years at time of application. 

Selection Process & Deadline

AIA Minnesota members have been made aware of the open position through Matrix and outreach to previously interested members.  Anyone interested should submit the following by Wednesday, November 30, 2022:

  • Letter of intention on why you are interested in the position and what makes you an ideal candidate.
  • One letter of recommendation from a local/state/regional component leader.
  • Up to three pages maximum of support information (resume and/or event/activity documents).

Applications should be submitted to:

Amber Allardyce, Deputy Executive Director
AIA Minnesota
105 5th Avenue South, Suite 485
Minneapolis, MN  55401           

Depending on the number of members interested in the position, the Review Committee will schedule interviews with a short-list of candidates in early December.

The Review Committee will submit a recommendation for the Young Architect Representative appointment to the AIA Minnesota Board of Directors for consideration at its meeting in December. 

The Review Committee is made up of the AIA Minnesota Executive Committee.


Not sure about whether to apply? Want more information about the Young Architect Representative or the selection process? Contact Amber Allardyce, Deputy Executive Director or Mary-Margaret Zindren, Executive Vice President.