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May Event – Firm Structure, Studio Culture

What: Firm Structure, Studio Culture

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 5:30PM – 7:00PM

Where: Ralston’s Drafthouse

RSVP: Eventbrite

Have you ever wondered how your peers fit into their office?  Do they have happy hours and office kickball teams?  Are there video game consoles or guitars to blow off steam?  Do they always work with the same small team, on large long term projects, or is their work space a cacophony of small quick deadlines?  Is the grass actually greener on their side of the studio?

Join us in May as we’ll be sitting outside at Ralston’s Drafthouse and chatting about how your place of employment is setup.  A mixture of one part commiseration and three parts curiosity sating is washed down nicely by all of the rare brews Ralston’s typically has on tap.  Come and meet some other young architects and designers and hear what they love and loathe about their work environment (and how you can make your office experience better in the meantime.)  If that’s not enough to garner your RSVP consider we’ll be sitting in the sunshine, on Mass Ave after work, enjoying a Tuesday evening with people who speak your particular architectural dialect.

January Event – Salary Negotiations, How Much Am I Worth?

What: Salary Negotiations, How Much Am I Worth?

When: Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015, 5:30PM – 7:00PM

Where: Black Acre Brewing Company (5632 E Washington St., Indianapolis, IN)


Sparked by feedback from our Year in Review and a survey we’ve been sending out periodically we have a wealth of topics to discuss this year at our more informal “social” events.  Up first will be a very pressing issue to many of you; Salary Negotiation, How Much Am I Worth?

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.  Many design firms subscribe to various salary aggregation services, but we have yet to hear of a single firm who actually provides their salaries back to those companies.  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 (www.glassdoor.com).  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 20th to Black Acre Brewing Company (in the historic Irvington Neighborhood on Indy’s East Side).  We’ll be sampling local brews and swapping stories about how to negotiate your salary.  Also take a minute and RSVP via the Eventbrite link above.  We use that to track our anticipated attendance and it has the added benefit of allowing last minute communication if events or locations have to change.



Fellows Dinner : YAF and FAIA

What: Dinner with the Fellows

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Where: Speak Easy – 5255 North Winthrop Avenue Indinapolis, IN 46220

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As one of our most well attended events of the year the Young Architects Forum is proud to present an opportunity to meet and mingle with archiects in the state of Indiana who have been elevated to FAIA.  Join us for an evening at the Speak Easy to meet your Young Architect peers as well as those architects in the state who have helped raise the bar on what it means to be an architect.  Becoming a Fellow of the AIA is an involved process that requires experience, nomination, and exemplary service to the profession.  For more information on what it takes to be honored as FAIA you can read about it here.

Due to popularity of the event an RSVP is required and space is limited.  Respond now to ensure you have spot.



Photo courtesy Nick Allman Design & Fabrication

Photo courtesy Nick Allman Design & Fabrication