Collaborations: At Work and Beyond

It is proper to acknowledge in a business environment that collaborative efforts lead to success. How many truly believe in it? Can a sole mind bring to reality one’s vision? Is there a clear improvement in a vision when it comes from more than one brain? We are surrounded by teams everywhere we go. Design teams, construction teams, maintenance teams, to demolition teams. Would the game of architecture play the same way if one person controlled everything, vis-à-vis the master architect? Is a project more successful if there is a shared vision along the ‘integrated approach’ to execution?

The Pecha Kucha Nights are becoming commonplace in most major cities. What is the driving force making them successful? A platform that brings people together allowing peers beyond professional boundaries to share laughter, dreams and stories. There are multiple non-profit organizations in the nation today that bring various design disciplines together under a common umbrella. Astonishing quality of output is created, many resulting in real projects that benefit the society. From disaster relief to humanitarian projects, from public facilities to home remodels, from art installations to raising awareness through education, from interventions to social mixers… value is generated when we collaborate.


The Young Architects Forum is a body made of and meant to serve the young architect masses. One young architect cannot achieve the results that all of us can together. As we finish our twentieth year as a knowledge community of AIA, we’ll find that we have come far from where it all began. Yet we have far to go. How aware is your community of the value and issues specific to young architects? Can young architects bring a positive change to society? Who will make it happen? Are you completely aware of your goals versus clout? Are you making a difference in the profession and beyond? What is success to you? What are your opinions? Do you recognize YAF Connection as a medium to share your stories? We want to hear from you. Contribute.


We witnessed an increasing number of contributors to YAF Connection in 2011. The maps show the widespread locations of the authors. We also crossed the national boundaries in the Travel issue. It is fascinating to see the variety of coverage through the year apropos the shared goals. Was your region represented? Would you like to have some authorship in 2012? Would you like to play a part in the editing process? Would you like to provide graphic input? I am one note away.


We close the year by thanking all the young architects who served with the YAF or on AIA boards through their leadership at national, regional, state or local levels. We’d like to thank all the young architects who made a difference in their communities through volunteer service or through their professional input. We thank all young architects who provided mentorship to younger professionals or seasoned professionals. Thanks to those who crossed boundaries and shared fellowship with community members and external design disciplines.


On behalf of the AIA Young Architects Forum, happy holidays! Be safe.

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