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April Event – Work-Work Balance


When: Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Where: Ralston’s Drafthouse – 635 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204

What: Juggling a lot of projects these days? We’re right there with you. This month we’re talking about productivity and personal project management at work. This will be a casual discussion lead by YAF on how to balance all of the items on your task list. For this event we will be heading to Ralston’s on Mass Ave and your FIRST BEER IS ON US!


February Event – YAF Day at the Statehouse


When: MONDAY February 19, 2018 at 11:30am

Where: Meet at the AIA Indiana office, 115 W. Washington St., Suite 955, Indianapolis, IN 46204

What: Join us for this unique opportunity to meet with your legislators and get a peek inside the workings of state government.

Use your clout and support your profession by attending an “YAF Day at the Statehouse.” This is a unique opportunity for you to learn firsthand about the key AIA state legislative and regulatory issues and become a lobbyist for a day. You will be able to directly impact the legislative process by meeting with your state legislators and discuss the issues important to architects.


11:30am-12:30pm – Lunch provided at the AIA Indiana office. Attendees will be briefed on the issues facing Hoosier AIA members.

12:30pm-1pm – Statehouse tour.

1pm-2pm – Lobby your legislators (state representative and state senator.)

Please RSVP by February 16 at 4pm.  RSVP Here


January Event – Salary Negotiations


When: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Where: Tomlinson Tap Room – 222 E Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (2nd Floor of City Market)

What: Time and again we’ve heard the frustration of young architects and designers in Indianapolis over not having a concrete grasp on what the going rate is for their services. As a Young Architect you can take matters into your own hands. If you’re currently employed or have worked before in the Indianapolis area, we’re encouraging you to fill out your salary information on Glassdoor. It’s a completely anonymous way to help us all answer the question, “How much am I worth?”

To join in the discussion, come out on January 16th, we’ll be sampling local brews and swapping stories about how to negotiate your salary.

December Event – YAF Year in Review


When: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Where: The Rathskeller – 401 East Michigan Street Indianapolis, IN 46204

What: It’s that time of year again! Join us for a drink (or two) at our traditional Year in Review at the Rathskeller. Appetizers & the first round of drinks are on us!

Thank you for your participation in making 2017 one of YAF Indy’s best years yet!


November Event – Fellows Dinner

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When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Where: People for Urban Progress 160 Steeples Boulevard Indianapolis, IN 46222

What: Get ready for one of our best events of the year! The Young Architects Forum of Indianapolis is proud to present an opportunity to meet and mingle with Indiana’s finest members of the AIA College of Fellows. Join us for food and drinks as we celebrate the best and brightest architects of the State.
This year’s event will be hosted at People for Urban Progress’ new HQ at the recently revitalized Central State campus on Indy’s west side.


October Event – Purposeful Design


When: Tuesday, October, 17, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: Purposeful Design 4201 E 16th Street Indianapolis, IN 46201

What: Join us as we discuss the importance of community involvement in the architectural profession. Not only that, but we’ll get a first-hand look at the work of a local group: Purposeful Design. We’ll be hearing from David Palmer, the founder of Purposeful Design, and touring their workshop.

More about their mission:

Purposeful Design is a fully-functioning wood shop specializing in handmade furniture made from rough cut, Indiana hardwoods. Purposeful Design employs and trains men who have been without a home or who find it difficult to get a job – helping rebuild lives while teaching the craft of woodworking through positive and encouraging mentorship. Through several local strategic partners, Purposeful Design is able to stock our wood shop with a healthy supply of the finest Indiana hardwoods. This allows our products to remain one-of-a-kind while keeping costs low for our customers. We design and build a variety of furniture, each handmade by our skilled craftsmen. Much like the wood we use, each piece of furniture is unique and behind it is a unique story of a life restored.

September Event – Innovation in Technology



When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 5:45pm (Doors close at 6!)

Where: DELV Design 212 West 10th Street #F125 Indianapolis, IN 46202

What: This month, we’re focusing on how technology is shaping our projects, firm operations, and office cultures. We’ll be visiting DELV Design, a firm with a unique business model paving the way in adapting to new software and creative design methods. They’ll be presenting some of these forward-thinking practices and how they’re helping the firm expand their business.

DELV was recently invited to present “BIMsanity: A Small Firm’s Journey from BIM Frustration to Innovation” at the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia. In their own words: “Our goal is to help elevate the profession, and ultimately the communities they serve through helping firm leaders better utilize the latest BIM technologies. We want them to discover how they can leverage technology for true innovation of their craft.”

Drinks and appetizers on us. Thanks to DELV Design for hosting!

August Event – Marketing for Architects


When: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 6:00pm

Where: Axis Architecture & Interiors 618 East Market Street Indianapolis, IN 46202

What: Marketing yourself (and your firm) as an architect is an increasingly important aspect of building your career as a Young Architect. This month, we’re joined by Dawn Olsen, Marketing Coordinator at Axis Architecture + Interiors. She’ll be sharing her expertise on how to tackle the marketing challenges that we can expect to face as architects, as well as answering all of our questions! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain insight from an expert on this crucial element of professional development.

Drinks and appetizers will be provided. Thanks to Axis Architecture + Interiors for hosting us!

July Event – Roche Building Tour with AIA & CSI


When: THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 at 2:45pm

Where: Tour – Roche Diagnostics Operations 9115 Hague Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46256

Presentation – Willows on Westfield 6729 Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46220

What: This month, YAF Indy will be joining the Indianapolis CSI Chapter and AIA Indianapolis for a Tour of Roche Diagnostics’ recently completed “Building R” Laboratory Building. The tour will provide an excellent example of a “mobile office workplace” as well as energy efficient natural light design and use in accordance with Roche Diagnostic’s corporate design directive.

After the tour, everyone will meet at the Willows on Westfield to hear Randy Schumacher, AIA of CSO Architects present “The Luminous Lab.” In his presentation, Randy will talk about lessons learned and best practices developed during the design and construction of the Roche, Lab Building R project.

Note: Both the tour and the presentation are free events.

Thanks to AIA Indianapolis and the Indianapolis CSI Chapter for allowing us to join in on this exciting event!

June Event – Indianapolis Indians!

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When: THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 at 7:05pm

Where: VICTORY Field, 501 W. Maryland Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225

What: Join us for a night at the Indianapolis Indians baseball game! Spohn Associates has graciously offered to host YAF in their private suite. Food & beverages are included.

Tickets are limited, so make sure to reserve your spot quickly! See our Eventbrite invite to sign up.

A $5 donation to YAF Indy is requested to reserve your ticket. Tickets can be picked up prior to the game from Jennifer Miller or Jeff Thornberry at Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf or picked up at Will Call at the game.

Contact us at yafindy@gmail.com with any questions.