We would like to announce that after lengthy discussion and looking ahead at what would be most beneficial to the Region, Jason Takeuchi, AIA (the Region’s present Regional Associate Director from Honolulu) will serve as the Region’s next Young Architect Regional Director. Congratulations Jason!

Jason Takeuchi, AIA, NCARB
1240 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 510
Honolulu, HI 96814-4298

YAF Update
winter 2019
By MeliSsa Morse, AIA

The YAF is still developing content based on the Practice Innovation Lab that occurred in 2017. A large social media push to promote Young Architects is growing. Send me any nominations of Young Architects that are excelling.

November, 9 the Leadership Institute hosted a nationwide learning day with Regional venues to focus on creating better citizen architects. This was the 3rd year. I was able to participate in the planning and fundraising portion and this year was planned by Young Architects.

The YAF work group that I have served in this year was Advocacy. We focused on national advocacy initiatives such as the NDSA (National Design Services Act) which didn’t move and advocating for partnerships within AIA to keep Young Architects involved.

This year at A’18 I participated in a national campaign encouraging our members to commit to improving our work environments.


Congratulations to Jason Takeuchi for stepping up to the YAF Representative for the next 2 years!


YAF has had a busy year following the Practice Innovation Lab of social media promotion of Emerging Professionals doing great things, Connection quarterly content generation, creating classes for A'18 in NYC, and planning for the future of practice. I have been working with the Advocacy group educating Emerging Professionals about the ArchiPAC and what the benefit is as a young professional. ArchiPAC is the AIA's national lobbying organization, it is member funded and represents the best interest of the members. ArchiPAC is a leader in pushing the National Design Services Act Agenda (NDSA). This is the path for student debt forgiveness for recent graduates to work in non profits providing design to undeserved communities. If you are going to donate to ArchiPAC @ ,  please include the team EPWolfPAC at the bottom of the form so Emerging Professionals get credit in the race!  Additionally, I am serving on the planning board for Leadership Institute which will take place this Novemeber simultaneously at regional locations. We are currently selecting speakers and a theme for the event. It is a 1 day event that focuses on leadership and can be virtually attended for those of us who are not close to a hub (ie Alaska!)

At the regional meeting at Grassroots we had a great display of Young Architects (us licensed less than 10 years.) It was great to see you all taking part in learning to be better leaders and better Citizen Architects. As always, please reach out if you have any ideas you would like to share or if you are in need of inspiration. Mrs.Melissa.Morse@gmail.com

Finally, at the end of this year my term is up! Applications will be accepted later this year but if you are considering applying please feel free to reach out and discuss responsibilities of the role and places that we can still grow. 


YAF Update Winter 2018

Hello 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!

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YAF Update for Summer, 2016, click here
YAF Update for Spring 2016 (Archived), click here