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The mission of the AIA New York State Emerging Professionals is “to provide an open forum for professionals at the early stages of their careers to engage and connect through networking, leadership, and professional development programs.”  Preparing Emerging Professionals for next generation opportunities and challenges is a fundamental aspect of the Institute’s core values. Addressing the needs of Emerging Professionals—ranging from architecture students, to recent graduates, to professionals licensed ten years or less— requires a broad and continual effort. The priorities of an Emerging Professional change dramatically with their career stages over time, but our core values to serve them must be maintained along the way:

Impact The Positive Evolution Of The Profession. Prioritize the goals of the rising generation and advocate for changes to strengthen the profession that emerging professionals will inherit.

Cultivate opportunities for leadership & career development. Assist emerging professionals as they transition from school to firms, and then to leadership positions within firms, communities, and the profession at large.

Engage the next generation of architects. Broaden the reach of the AIA to welcome new professionals, alternative career path professionals, and anyone with an architecture background or interest in the architectural profession.

We are committed to furthering the professional development of all Associate members, students, and architects licensed under 10 years, through fellowship, education and supportive networking.  Providing support to aspiring architects participating in NCARB’s Intern Development Program (IDP) and those working towards licensure, and all architecture graduates in alternative career paths. Our mission is to create community, support career development and foster the next generations of leaders in our profession by collaborating with all of the local AIA NY chapters.

AIANYS Emerging Professional Directors

Regional Associate Director – AIA National Associate Committee
James Yankopoulos, Assoc. AIA

State Associate Director – AIA New York State
David Flecha, Associate AIA

State Student Director – American Institute of Architects (AIAS)
To Be Announced

Young Architect Regional Director – AIA Young Architect Forum
Phillip Anzalone, AIA

AIANYS Local Associate Directors – Local Chapters

AIA Brooklyn – Brooklyn Emerging Professionals (BKEP)  
Chair: David Flecha, Assoc. AIA
email: bkep@aiabrooklyn.org

AIA Buffalo-Western New York 
Chair: Kelly Wassum, Assoc. AIA
email: info@aiabep.org

AIA Central New York-Emerging Professional Series
Chair: Mike LaMontagne, AIA
email: miamontagne@cscos.com

AIA Long Island – Emerging Professionals Committee (EPC)
Chair: Graciela Carrillo, AIA & Jacob D. Rivalsi, AIA
email: Gcarrillo@ca-pc.com & jrivalsi@rmbny.com 

AIA New York – Emerging New York Architects (ENYA)
Co-Chairs: Alex Alaimo, Assoc. AIA & Miles Paloympis, Assoc. AIA
email: enya@aiany.org

AIA Queens – Queens Emerging Professionals
Chair: Ruben Ramales, Assoc. AIA

AIA Rochester – Emerging Rochester Architects (ERA)
Chair: Jamie Weick, Assoc. AIA
email: associatedirector@aiaroc.org

AIA Westchester/Mid-Hudson – EPC
Chair: Jaclyn Tyler, AIA, LEED AP
emai: jaclyn.a.tyler@gmail.com

Local chapters currently with no local associate director
AIA Bronx
AIA Eastern New York
AIA Peconic
AIA Southern New York
AIA State Island