Academy for Emerging Professionals

The Academy for Emerging Professionals establishes connections among and advocates on behalf of architecture school graduates, aspiring and recently-licensed architects, as well as the individuals that mentor these important groups of people.

As a large and growing constituency of the AIA, the active participation of Emerging Professionals in the design and delivery of member services is critical to meeting the demands of a changing marketplace.

The Academy aspires to:

  • unite and disseminate information on architecture firm culture, internship, mentoring, registration, and practice in general
  • conduct or co-sponsor regular surveys of emerging professionals in California and compile data and research on new architect registration
  • host regular meetings on relevant issues to stimulate ongoing local, state, and national discussions
  • serve as a resource to and advise the AIACC Board of Directors on issues relevant to this mission, including Associate appointments to committees and taskforces.

AEP Council of Advisors

VP of the Academy for Emerging Professionals
Schuyler L. Bartholomay, Assoc. AIA
Schuyler L. Bartholomay, Assoc. AIA
schuyler.leigh@gmail.com
Santa Barbara, CA
Regional Associate Director
Associate Director, North
Laura S. Verbryck, Assoc. AIA
Laura S. Verbryck, Assoc. AIA
lauraseth@gmail.com
Long Beach, CA
Associate Director, South
Leanna N. Libourel, Assoc. AIA
Leanna N. Libourel, Assoc. AIA
leannalibourel@gmail.com
Los Angeles , CA
IDP Coordinator, South
Stephanie Silkwood, Assoc. AIA
Stephanie Silkwood, Assoc. AIA
ssilkwood@rmw.com
San Jose , CA
IDP Coordinator, North
Benjamin Kasdan, AIA
Benjamin Kasdan, AIA
bkasdan@ktgy.com
Tustin, CA
YAF Director, South
YAF Director, North
Student Director, North
Student Director, South
Debra A. Gerod, FAIA, LEED AP
Debra A. Gerod, FAIA, LEED AP
gerod@gruenassociates.com
Los Angeles, CA
Architect Member at Large

AEP Awards

The AIACC AEP awards are intended to recognize those individuals and organizations that have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to Emerging Professionals, the AIA, and the architectural profession.

Award categories are as follows:

Firm Mentorship Award: The highest award given by the AIACC AEP to an AIA firm that has made an extraordinary effort to mentor Emerging Professionals in their firm through the implementation of specific programs.

Chapter Award: The highest award given by the AIACC AEP to an AIA chapter for the development of superb programming and fostering the highest qualities of leadership within the emerging professional membership.

Associates Award:
The highest award given by the AIACC AEP to an individual Associate AIA member who best exemplifies the highest qualities of leadership and has demonstrated unparalleled commitment to his/her chapter or region’s membership, in the community, in professional organizations, and/or in the design and construction industries.

Young Architects Award: The highest award given by the AIACC AEP to an individual Young Architect who has shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of his/her architectural career.