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July Event – The Future of Retail


When: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 5-7pm

Where: Indianapolis Artsgarden, 110 W Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204

What: This month, we’re joining forces with People for Urban Progress & AIA Indianapolis for a special event about the Future of Retail. During this panel discussion, Catherine Esselman, Mike Gillis, and Nick Strause will explore the potential roles the Circle Centre Mall will play within Indianapolis and how its unique position within downtown Indianapolis offers distinct opportunities to address the connection between the fabric of downtown and the future of retail.

Meet the panel:

Catherine Esselman, Real Estate Director, Downtown Indy, Inc.
Mike Gillis, Co-Founder, WDRFA
Nick Strause, General Manager, Circle Centre Mall
Facilitated by Lourenzo Giple, Assoc. AIA – Vice-President of People for Urban Progress (PUP)

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Networking & Brainstorming
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Panel Discussion – “The Future of Retail” – Earn 1 AIA/CES Learning Unit

Sign up here: Eventbrite

June Event – Building Tour Riverview Hospital Westfield


When: Tuesday June 26, 2018 at 4:30pm

Where: 17600 Shamrock Boulevard Westfield, IN 46074

What: Riverview Hospital Westfield is a 108,000-square-foot facility will have five inpatient beds, three surgery suites and a full-service emergency room in addition to urgent care. The building has a terracotta rainscreen system installed on the facade. The building is set to partially open in July, so we should be able to see mostly completed work with some floors still under construction.

Each person attending should wear hard-soled shoes, a safety vest, and a hard hat. There will be a few hard hats and vests on site, but we ask that you bring your own and any extra you might have for those who do not have them. The building is at the corner of US 31 and Main street in Westfield, IN.

You can register for the event here. Please fill out our participant agreement forms in advanced and send to yafindy@gmail.com. We will also have forms available on site.

May Event – Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program Info Session


When: Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Where: Schmidt Associates – 415 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204

What: Have you heard? AIA Indiana is starting a component of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. This is a program developed by the AIA that helps train and nurture architecture’s next generation of leaders. This year-long program consists of a number of sessions attended by a competitively selected group of emerging professionals.

Are you:
– Eager to learn about architecture as a business and industry?
– Curious to develop new skills for your own business?
– Excited at the prospect of meeting and collaborating with other eager learners, driven professionals and budding leaders?

The CKLDP focuses on core professional skills, such as entrepreneurship and firm management, teamwork and collaboration, negotiation skills, client development, community leadership, understanding industry trends, and developing your future within the practice.  The selected scholars to CKLDP will plan and participate in each of the sessions.

Prospective participants must go through an application process for selection where proven career success, community involvement and the individual’s firm support will be considered.

Join YAF Indy for this informational session hosted by members of the CKLDP committee about the program and the application process.

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!