Melissa Morse, AIA
YAF Update Winter 2018
This year as your Young Architect Regional Director (YARD) I hope to improve on our connection throughout the Northwest and Pacific Region. Please send me your contact information if you would like to participate in more regional interaction. Does your chapter have any Emerging Professional chair or committee? Please send along their info so we can share programming throughout the Region. If your chapter is trying something new for the Young Architects - share your ideas!
In October of this past year our region leadership gathered in Seattle to discuss the progress made as a Region and what the horizon of AIA is beginning to reveal. We heard a presentation about the New Urban Agenda, a a priority topic of AIA. the NUA demonstrates what architects can do for society. Do you have any experience with the New Urban Agenda? Do you have a program in 2018? Please let me know.
Jason Takeuchi, NWPR RAD and I are heading to the Joint annual meeting for Regional Associate Directors and Young Architect Regional Directors. There we will plan and expand on nationwide programming for Emerging Professionals. Do you have an idea you would like to propose for mentorship, membership engagement, or how AIA can do more for you as a member? Please let me know what that is!
We are also considering a travel exchange program within the Region. Think couch-surfing for emerging architects. NWPR consists of Hawaii, Guam, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. There is so much to see in the NW+P Region that a travel exchange would allow members in the Region to make professional connections and see new places. If you are passionate about his idea let Jason or I know.
Toward the end of 2018 we will be looking for a replacement Young Architect Regional Director. Do you have interest serving this regional role? Have any questions? Feel free to ask!