Emerging Professionals/Young Architects
Emerging Professionals (EP) are Associate AIA members who are in good standing who have completed their academic studies up to the point of licensure or up to 10 years after completion of their academic studies. Young Architects (YA) are AIA members who are in good standing and have been licensed to practice architecture for 10 years or less, regardless of age.
Emerging Professionals/Young Architects Committee
The purpose of the Emerging Professionals/Young Architects Committee is to support and empower Emerging Professionals throughout the state through engagement and outreach. Any AIA Arkansas Emerging Professional is eligible to serve as a member of the committee. If you are interested in serving on the Emerging Professionals/Young Architects Committee, please reach out to your local committee members or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Join us on Facebook for more information on events, news, and promotions for Emerging Professionals.
2023 Leadership and Committee Members
Esteban Ayala, AIA
Ernest Banks, Assoc. AIA
Amber Banks, AIA
Nate Deason, AIA
Kate Edwards, AIA
Chris Galindo, Assoc. AIA
Kiara Gilmore, AIA
Kyle Heflin, Assoc. AIA
Carla Chang Manta, Assoc. AIA
Matt Poe, AIA
Katie Singleton, AIA
Chris Sullivan, AIA
Tim Varner, AIA
Lily McRae, Assoc. AIA – AR NAC Representative
Katherine Lashley, AIA – AR YAF Representative
Obtaining your license is a significant milestone in your architectural career and can be an empowering step by helping you gain credibility and confidence. More information on the benefits of licensure and steps you can take to get licensed are available through NCARB, AIA, and the Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, & Interior Designers.
The Architectural Experience Program (AXP) is a way to document real-world experience as you work towards licensure. This program is intended to build competency and skills in different areas, from practice management to contract administration. For questions relating to fulfilling AXP requirements, contact our Arkansas AXP Coordinator, Katherine Lashley, email@example.com
The Architect Registration Examination is a multi-division exam intended to test your knowledge and skills in architecture. The current exam version is ARE 5.0 and contains six divisions. The Emerging Professionals Committee has several members who are either currently testing or who have recently completed these exams. For questions or advice relating to exam strategies and resources, reach out to your local committee members or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional resources can be found at the links below:
Between study materials and the cost of the tests, going through the licensing and Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) process is expensive. Scholarships can help you relieve the financial hurdle and reach your goals. Please reach out to the Associates Director if you have any questions or find any additional resources to add to this list.
Architects Foundation (Various Scholarships)
AIAS Pass: Professional Advancement Support Scholarship
Gensler Scholarships (Various)
Ready to start studying for your exams? The AIA Arkansas EP/YA Committee has worked with our local Public Library systems to obtain and manage a collection of study materials recommended by NCARB. Please reach out to the Associate Director or an EP/YA representative in your section if you are interested in donating or sponsoring materials.
Rogers Public Library System
Fort Smith Public Library System
Central Arkansas Library System
MERGE Mentorship Program
The MERGE Mentorship Program is open to all AIA Arkansas members and is intended to encourage mutually beneficial, cross-generational interactions that seek to build a network for established and emerging professionals in order to further the personal and career development of the next generation of design leaders in Arkansas. Visit the AIA AR 2020 In Review to see the full list of 2021 mentors.
For more information on the MERGE Mentorship Program, see the links below or email email@example.com.
Emerging Professional + Young Architect Friendly Firm Initiative
The AIA Arkansas Emerging Professional + Young Architect Friendly Firm Initiative is an awards-based program organized to celebrate Arkansas firms that foster Emerging Professional & Young Architect value, retention, equity, professional development & leadership both within the firm and the community. By highlighting firms that create nurturing environments and opportunities for development, we showcase Arkansas as an amazing place to be an Emerging Professional or Young Architect.
OVERVIEW, GOALS & GUIDELINES
NCARB AXP GUIDELINES