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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.

May Event – Client Relationships & TRIVIA


When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5:30pm

Where: Metazoa Brewing Co. – 140 South College Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46202

What: Join us for happy hour at Metazoa Brewing Company on May 16th! We’ll be hosting an informal discussion about Client Relationships. Every client is different, and it’s important for us as young architects to learn how developing these relationships creates successful projects.

Following our chat, Metazoa will be hosting their weekly Trivia Tuesday at 6:30pm. For anyone interested in sticking around, we’ll join forces and create a YAF trivia team. See you there!

March Event – Transitions Roundtable


When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 5:30pm

Where: Elbow Room – 605 North Pennsylvania Street Indianapolis, IN 46204

What: Join us upstairs at the Elbow Room for our annual Transitions Roundtable where we will learn from three experienced professionals in the Indianapolis area about how they got started and what led them to the work they do today.

Our three panelists for this year are:

Cara Weber, AIA – DELV Design
Winifrid Williams, AIA, LEED AP BD+C – krM Architecture+
Scott Perkins, AIA – Blackline Studio

January Event – ARE 4.0 + 5.0


When: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:30pm

Where: RATIO Design – 101 S. Pennsylvania Street Indianapolis, IN 46204

What: Let’s kick off 2017 together as we discuss the ARE and navigate the new 5.0 version. We’ll be talking about the exam’s new formatting, divisions, resources, and some tips to make the transition easier. Whichever stage of the process you’re at (even if you’re sticking with version 4.0!), come chat with your peers and get your questions answered. Drinks will be provided.