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Marion County Fairgrounds Charrette : July 8

Center for Sustainable LivingWhat: Design Charrette

When: July 8 4pm-8pm

Where: Marion County Fairgrounds, Expo Hall, 7300 E Troy Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46239 (more detailed directions below)

The Details:

Marion County Fairgrounds and Global Peace Initiatives have realized their potential for having real and meaningful impact in the wellness, education, food security and sustainability of the greater Indianapolis area. We plan to provide creative insight, ideas, and passion to help build upon the changes and growth envisioned by their 355 Committee, Board Chair; Ron Phillips, and GPI’s Executive Director, Linda Proffitt.

Please join us for an evening of intense design exercise and consideration to build a Center for Sustainable Living and hub of Urban Agriculture for our community.


We will meet at the Expo Hall (Exposition building, #7 on the map below). Follow internet directions to 7300 E. Troy Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46239. Turn north at the intersection of E Tory and S. Shortridge Road (just behind a line of trees and hill at the edge of a farm.) Follow Shortridge into the Grounds around to the Main gate, Gate 1(G1), the gate will be open. Continue on Main Street to the large gravel lot on the right, around a two story building (Admin building). We will meet and conduct most of the Charrette in the Expo Hall adjacent to the Plaza/Parking lot.

Parking space is plentiful.

How to Prepare:

We will be in a conditioned space with lights, power and adjacent restrooms, but we will be spending some time outside and touring the property. Therefore summer cloths and suitable shoes are strongly recommended.

Bring your own laptops, drafting tools and drawing/writing implements, and any other supplies you prefer to use. We will have some on hand, but don’t know what you like.


4:00 to 4:45     Setup and Organization

4:45 to 5:00     Marion County Fairgrounds and Global Peace Indicatives staff and volunteers present general info, history, needs, goals/expectations, dreams and liabilities/problems for the property

5:00 to 5:45     Break into groups to tour the property with staff/volunteers to see some of the existing program and spaces to be

6:00 to 6:20     Small group discussion and brainstorming

6:20 to 6:30     Refreshments and start working on programs/drawings

7:30                Return to spaces Engineering and Feasibility evaluation

8:00                Present plans, images , programs, and ideas to MC FG Board and GPI.

8:30                Wrap-up and documentation, pictures, scans, copies etc.

Sign up for free on our Eventbrite page: event info



Tow Yard Brewing – June 19

What: Tow Yard Brewing Social Event

When: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 5:30PM – 7:00PM

Where: 501 E Madison Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46225

Summer is upon us and it’s time to enjoy a local brew or three. There’s no agenda, just come out and have a good time (maybe prepare a short Pecha Kucha about how your coworkers don’t understand you).

Come one and come all.  Bring your friends from your firm or from your days back in school.  This will be a great time to meet some of your architectural peers, complain about work their firm has done, or ask for an inside scoop on who is hiring.  If you have never attended a YAF event this would be a great time to start.  Remember there is no fee to join YAF and you don’t have to be a member of AIA either.

See you there. (Eventbrite link!)

tow yard brewing







Design Film Night – December 2nd

Design Film Poster

What: Design Film Night

When: Monday, December 2nd, 2013, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Where: Herron School of Art and Design, Room 101. 735 W New York St, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Sign up for free on Eventbrite, link here.

The YAF is hosting an architectural movie night at the Herron School of Art and Design. We will be watching two films about architecture, design, and the urban environment. Anyone and everyone is invited, we hope it will change the way you see and understand public spaces. Stay around afterwards for discussions.

Film One: William Whyte: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

“This highly influential film in architecture and planning circles by William H. Whyte analyzes the success and failures of urban spaces. Observing the natural order of spaces and the way people move through them, Whyte provides an intuitive critique of urban spaces and ways these spaces can be improved.”

Film Two: Vertical Expectations – The Shard

The Shard, is a skyscraper under construction in London Bridge, London. When completed in 2012, it will be the tallest building in the European Union and the 45th tallest building in the world. Vertical Expectations is a 26 minutes documentary that explores the nexus between architecture, development and society through an ethnographic analysis of the current building of the Shard.

This documentary highlights some of the questions that can inform a more nuanced understanding of architecture’s social ramifications and the relevance space art and technology have on local people and the city as a whole. It raises questions about how architecture and space reflect social needs, the role of urban planning in the construction of public areas and the impact it will have on the community.”

Tour the Artistry – September 24th

What: Artistry apartment building tour (mid-construction)

When: Tuesday, September 24th, 2013, 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Where: 451 E. Market Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Meet at the leasing center.

Led by Greg McHenry from Milhaus development and Nick Alexander from CSO, YAF will be taking an exclusive construction tour of the Artistry, one of the highest profile developments in downtown Indy. Not far from completion, this tour will focus on how this mixed use development was able to build up and out of an existing concrete structure.

In detail we plan to meet in the leasing center before making our way across the first floor to the new commercial space. We will then go up to the second floor to explore the interface between new and existing construction.  Then we go one more floor up to the all new wood-frame construction and check out the elevated pool deck and courtyards. If time allows we will end with a tour of the basement, another interesting project component.

Artistry, from urbanindy.com

Artistry, from urbanindy.com

The Miller House Tour – October 5th

On Saturday October 5th, the Young Architects Forum of Indianapolis is hosting an all expenses paid trip to tour The Miller House by Eero SaarinenAlexander Girard, and Dan Kiley in Columbus Indiana. This event offers the chance to visit one of the most prolific architectural icons in our state while bonding with members of the architectural community. The event is open to members of the AIAS, YAF, AIA, or FAIA. If you’re interested and available, head to The Miller House Tour for current info.

Miller House Interior

The Rathskeller – August 13

What: The Rathskeller

When: Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 5:30PM – 7:00PM

Where: The Rathskeller, 401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

It’s finally here, drinks and discussion in The Rathskeller Beirgarten. It’s the best place to enjoy the best beer in Indy. There’s no agenda, just come out and have a good time.

If you’ve never been to the Rathskeller, attendance is mandatory. You should also order a pretzel with mustard, it’s not spicy at all… Also, If you’ve never been to YAF, attendance is mandatory. There will never be a meeting better than this one to get to know some of your architectural peers.

We’ll meet out back in the beer garden. You can park in the Athenaeum’s lot or anywhere along the street, there are even some free spots on East St.

See you there.








Transitions Round Table – July 9th

What: The annual YAF Transitions Round Table

When: Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 5:30 – 7:00pm

Where: 211 N Pennsylvania (Regions Tower), URS Offices on the 21st floor

5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Networking, Dinner, Drinks (free)
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Dinner and drinks continue with Round Table Discussion, guests of honor: David Franklin (Domain Architecture), Diana M.H. Brenner FAIA (Brenner Design), and Craig McCormick (Blackline Studio)

This annual event is a chance to meet architects in our community who are a few steps ahead of us in their career progression. We discuss the steps and transitions they’ve gone through to get them where they’re at today. They have a wealth of tips and suggestions on how to best continue with our careers in the architectural profession. It’s often a fun and inspiring event. Along with great conversation, we also provide dinner and drinks. It’s one of our best attended events and could be a great one to attend to see what the YAF is all about.

If you’d like to receive the official invite, send us an email at yafindy@gmail.com and we will get you signed up. You’re also welcome to just show up.

A few more specifics on the location…

Address is 211 N. Pennsylvania. (Regions Bank Building), Indianapolis, IN. The 21st floor (3rd elevator bay from the garage entrance). Use the main door and we are going to be in the main conference room. (URS offices)

Parking is available in the building garage (not free), and access is limited to the Garage entrance at this time of day. However you could find a free or metered spot on one of the nearby streets and walk in from there.

Regions Tower

“Reflexivity” by Martin Summers – Recap

As always, we’re very appreciative of anyone who takes the time to share their experiences of working within the architectural profession. When that person has spent 10 years working at one of the most world recognized architectural firms, Morphosis, we appreciate it even more so. The evening’s discussion was an enlightening and inspiring look into a whole different world of architecture, one where facades are inspired by dark matter, and fire stairs are 3d printed to explain their complexity. If you missed out, here are a few notes from the presentation…

  • Facade designer at Morphosis. Went to school at University of Kentucky, went to UCLA with his wife for their graduate degrees. Had Thom Mayne as a professor. Ended up working there for ten years.
  • The Giant Interactive Group Corporate Headquarters in China was the first project they did that the client came to them, everything else had been competitions.
  • The building facade is to the building as clothing is to a human.
  • They were 26 people doing a billion dollars worth of work.
  • Design process is very iterative. Printed 3D models all the time. Caltrans was a 2 year project, with a million square feet. During schematic they were meeting with the client every other day. At every meeting they had a new model that reflected the conversations had at the previous meeting.
  • Interesting example of working with 3D models. They printed a city context model, one for their client and one for themselves. Every few days they would print two copies of their latest schematic designs. They would mail one set of the models to their client and then have a conference call during which they would both have physical models to look at even though they weren’t physically together.
  • Alan Price at Cal-Tech led the design team to think of things in a different way, very high-level stuff.
  • Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech was all about getting scientists to run into one another. Informal conference spaces. Put bathrooms on one side and coffee-room on the other, forced opposing groups to cross paths/territories to reach areas. Lots of back and forth forced by program.
  • There is no nature anymore, it has all been touched. 
  • Morphosis won the Perot Museum competition, but the economy tanked. They scrapped their original design and showed the client a box of structure, to prove they could meet the halved budget.
  • Morphosis is able to stay competitive because they are so hyper-aware of every detail of their project. If an issue is discovered/created in the field they are rapidly able to adjust the documentation to account for it. This is aided by their heavy use of computer programs.
  • The iterative process leads you to discover where the limits are. You find what isn’t right for the project, you know it so well. It’s like an organism.
  • Marty has now left Morphosis and is teaching at the University of Kentucky. He has also started his own firm, PLUS SUM.

These notes barely do the presentation justice, but it was a great event and I’m sure we can expect to see more from Martin Summers in the future.

Cahill Center


Written by Ben McGhee

AIA Indy – “Reflexivity” – Martin Summers – June 13

What: “Reflexivity” a lecture by Martin Summers (founder of PLUS SUM, previously of Morphosis)

When: Thursday, June 13, 2013, 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Where: 201 N Illinois St #1410, Indianapolis (the AIA Indiana office)

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Networking, Hors D’oeuvres, Cash Bar
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Presentation – “Reflexivity” – Martin Summers, Assistant Professor of Architecture, University of Kentucky College of Design, Director and Founder of Plus SUM studio – Earn 1 AIA/CES Learning Unit

Speaker Information – Martin Summers is the principal and founder of Plus-Sum Design and an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design; where he leads advanced studios focused on urban design and teaches electives in High Performance Building Envelopes and Design/Theory. He has 16 years experience in a variety of project types and scales, from small interior renovations to large-scale master planning.

Previously Mr. Summers spent 10 years at Morphosis Architects in Santa Monica, where he served as project designer on projects across all scales and rose to lead the office’s façade design and construction. In his last project with the office, he drove the design of the atrium and exterior facades for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas Texas. Prior to the Perot Museum, Martin led the exterior façade team working on the design and execution drawings for the Phare Tower in Paris, France. He also served as the project designer on the Cahill Center for Astrophysics at Caltech in Pasadena, California and as project designer for the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles; an entire city block across from City Hall where the urban design issues drove the solution. Other award winning projects include NYC 2012 Olympic Village design and master planning; Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank, Udine Italy; the Wayne L. Morse Federal Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon; and the University of Cincinnati Student Recreation Center among others.

Prior to working at Morphosis, Mr. Summers participated in a diverse range of projects from residential and worship spaces to sound stages for clients such as Warner Bros., Sony, and DreamWorks SKG. He received his Masters of Architecture degree from UCLA, and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kentucky College of Architecture, now the College of Design.

Perot Museum

This is Indy

ARE Prep Discussion – Recap

The YAF got together this week to discuss the always complicated process of becoming a registered architect; we covered all topics, including IDP, ARE, and dealing with the state licensing board. We were fortunate enough to have people from all stages of the process, including several recently registered architects and even someone who had just taken the structures test earlier that day.

One of the best takeaways was AREforum.org. If you’re starting to study for the ARE and you haven’t made it on the forum, you need to, it’s one of the best resources for preparing to take the test. We also discussed what order to take the tests in, in the end it’s up to you, but a few comments were: Don’t take PPP first, it’s so broad that you’re better off taking it after you’ve been studying awhile. Take CDs first, more than likely, where you’re most experienced. Save an easy one for last.

It was also interesting to hear the different time periods people took the tests in. One attendee had taken the tests on an every two week schedule. Another had a colleague who had taken them all back to back in one week, they then took the next 6 months to study for the two they had failed. The general consensus was to study for approximately a month before taking each test.

There was also a fair amount of frustration with trying to work through Indiana’s unnecessarily complicated process of receiving licensure. The checklist they offer online doesn’t actually list all of the necessary steps, and everyone in the state office does things differently. Of the three recently registered architects, all of them had been required to submit their reference documentation differently, one digitally, one printed it out and mailed, and one had to have the person giving the referral mail in a secure copy. As a result of these frustrations, we discussed the possibility of creating a new checklist for the state, one that they agreed was correct, so that it wouldn’t be such a hassle. Perhaps a summer project for the YAF Indy.

One attendee, Billy Van Elk, had been waiting on his to be processed since the end of 2012. The day following the event he called the state and found out that he had actually been registered since April, the state had simply forgotten to notify him. What an anti-climatic way to find out you’re a registered architect. Billy also had some great tips and links to share:

A few reminders. Schedule your test if you’re really serious about taking one. You won’t start studying unless you know you have a deadline. Bring a snack and an extra layer of clothing to the test center. Some days the center was freezing cold, some days it was comfortable. The ARE gives you a mandatory 15 minute break between the multiple choice and graphic sections. You cannot skip this break. Get up, have a snack, stretch, go for a walk. Do something that breaks the monotony of the test center environment. Plan an hour after your test time to just relax, treat yourself, etc. Do not rush back to work – you will not enjoy it.

I hope everyone gleaned some great information from the discussion earlier this week. I thought I would leave some links as a reminder for those who are going to start studying.

NCARB “Taking the ARE” – http://ncarb.org/en/ARE/Taking-the-ARE.aspx
(official study guides, practice tests, and practice vignettes)

ARE Forum – areforum.org
(great resource – best location to really understand the graphics portions)

Sbyrktct’s ARE Help – http://arehelp.webs.com/
(detailed descriptions of each study section)

ARE Coach – http://arecoach.com/coachforum/
(vocal and well informed member/user of ARE Forum – created their own repository due to the fact that the ARE Forum website frequently crashes or goes offline)

Lecture from Andres Duany (9 parts toal) – http://youtu.be/rwd4Lq0Xvgc
(great for studying the concepts of urban design and new urbanism – In my personal opinion every architect and city planner should consider this entire lecture to be mandatory.)

Study Materials – Check your current firm or check on the ARE Forum to buy used materials from other young architects

I personally used 2009 Kaplan Study Guides and practice exams for all sections except Structures. I had the flash cards for each section, but I only used them to study for PPP. For each exam I read through the complete Study Guide twice. Once for general understanding, and a second time for true comprehension.

For Structures I bought the 2012 Kaplan Study guide. It is commonly known that the 2009/2010 version of the Kaplan Structures book has errors and wrong answers in the practice tests.

If you have any questions about the ARE, feel free to contact us at yafindy@gmail.com and we’ll try our best to help!