American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Bay Area Young Architects (BAYA)

BAYA connects designers, students and newly licensed architects for networking, volunteer opportunities and social events. With over 800 members, BAYA is the most active AIA committee for young architects nationwide. Our goal is to involve young architects from graduation to licensure with the architectural community. We have monthly meetings to announce our activities, other architecture related events, volunteer opportunities and to discuss topics relevant to the architecture profession.

Each month a local architecture firm hosts and gives a brief presentation of their work. This is an opportunity for young architects to learn about the different practices in the city, as well as a chance for the hosting firm to present it self and attract new talent. We also organize monthly mixers around the city and a number of special events throughout the year.

BAYA meetings are free to attend for everyone in the architecture profession. Our membership is open to all non-licensed professionals and architects licensed for less than 10 years in the Bay Area whether or not a member of a local AIA chapter.

Firm Visits: 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (location varies; mixer following)
Mixers: 4th Thursday of the month, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, (location varies)

If you are interested in hosting a future BAYA event or have any questions, please contact us at

Past Events

Year Month Event More
2015 February BAYA: Emerging Technologies in Architecture View
2014 December BAYA 2014 Holiday + Appreciation Party View
2014 November BAYA November Firm Tour + Elections at WRNS Studio View
2014 October SOLD OUT: Oktoberfest View
2014 August BAYA August Firm Tour: Steinberg Architects View
2014 July BAYA July Firm Tour: Office of Charles Bloszies View
2014 June BAYA Presents at Knoll Showroom View
2014 May Firm Visit: STUDIOS Architecture View
2014 May BAYA and YMF SEAONC: Spring Social View
2014 April BAYA + AIAS Mixer: What's Next? From School to Practice View
2014 April Firm Visit: Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc. View
2014 March Firm Visit: Van Meter Williams Pollack View
2014 February Firm Visit: Flad Architects View
2014 January Firm Visit: John Lum Architecture View


  • BAYA March Firm Tour: Walker Warner Architects


    BAYA March Firm Tour: Walker Warner Architects

    Walker Warner Architects welcomes members of BAYA to our office to enjoy some refreshments and small bites. We’ll do a lap around our studio and then speak a little about our recently completed projects and provide a sneak peak of what we currently have on the boards. We’ll describe our process and the roles of project team members during the different phases of a typical project. The size of our studio is somewhat limited, so we ask that ...

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  • BAYA: Emerging Technologies in Architecture


    BAYA: Emerging Technologies in Architecture

    Come join BAYA for our February Panel Event where we will explore the emerging technologies changing the way we work in architecture. This event will be held at HKS, Inc. and will feature presentations from 3 innovative leaders in the industry. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

    Heath May | Director of HKS Laboratory for INtensive Exploration (HKS LINE) | Biosemiotic Encoding
    Heath is an architect with 10 years of professional experience including commercial, hospitality, sports and healthcare, he is ...

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  • BAYA January Firm Tour: William Duff Architects


    BAYA January Firm Tour: William Duff Architects

    William Duff Architects is passionate about serving clients through the creation of innovative, sustainable architecture delivered through excellent project management. Founded in 1998, WDA has built a national, award-winning reputation in residential, retail, restaurant, and commercial projects. Built around creativity, collaboration, and communication WDA’s practice is dedicated to helping clients achieve their goals.

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  • BAYA Presents: Equity By Design (1.5 LUs)


    BAYA Presents: Equity By Design (1.5 LUs)

    Join Rosa Sheng and Lilian Asperin Clyman of The Missing 32% Project for a presentation on equality and quality in the profession. The presentation will cover some of the key findings from the 2014 Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action! symposium, early results of the Equity in Architecture Survey, and why it's so important that we change the way our profession works. Following the presentation, we will have an open discussion about equity in architecture.

    More on the Missing ...

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  • BAYA 2014 Holiday + Appreciation Party


    BAYA 2014 Holiday + Appreciation Party

    Come join the Bay Area Young Architects at the Steelcase showroom in SOMA as we say thank you to all the firms and sponsors that helped make 2014 amazing. In addition, we will be introducing the 2015 BAYA Officers and will be celebrating those who recently became licensed this year. Drinks and appetizers will be served.

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  • BAYA November Firm Tour + Elections at WRNS Studio


    BAYA November Firm Tour + Elections at WRNS Studio

    WRNS Studio is a 70-person architectural firm headquartered in San Francisco. We help create places for work, play, education, transit, and civic engagement. This diversity sets us apart: we bring to each new project a point of view informed by all of the other work in which we engage, resulting in fresh ideas that push our clients and ourselves to imagine what’s possible. Place, mission, context, technical innovation and resource conservation compel our every move.

    WRNS has been honored ...

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  • Featured Committee

    SOLD OUT: Oktoberfest

    Come join BAYA, SEAONC, YMF, and ASCE for our annual Oktoberfest party!

    Connect with good friends and leading vendors in the ACE industry while enjoying beer from Ale Industries and food from Bi-Rite catering. World-class venue, great food and drink, exciting products, 3D printer, sponsor raffle, and more. It's going to be a great night!

    Oktoberfest Sponsors:

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  • BAYA August Firm Tour: Steinberg Architects

    Featured Committee

    BAYA August Firm Tour: Steinberg Architects

    BAYA is having their monthly firm tour on Thursday, August 21st at 6:30 pm. The firm tour will be at Steinberg Architects.

    Steinberg Architects is a third-generation architectural firm founded in Silicon Valley with offices throughout California and China, which blends sustainable initiatives with a thoughtful, innovative approach to design. With a focus in public interest, education and urban mixed-use projects, we create environments that Sculpt Space and Shape Life.

    We pay unique attention to the interstitial spaces between ...

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  • BAYA July Firm Tour: Office of Charles Bloszies

    Featured Tour

    BAYA July Firm Tour: Office of Charles Bloszies

    The Office of Charles F Bloszies is a highly specialized firm engaged in urban infill design. Our work is at the forefront of the emerging trend to repurpose existing buildings rather than tear down and rebuild anew. We fuse refined modern forms onto and into existing structures of all types and ages. Our projects are mostly in San Francisco on highly visible sites.

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  • BAYA Presents (SOLD OUT)

    Featured Committee

    BAYA Presents (SOLD OUT)

    Please join BAYA and KNOLL to learn how design professionals are shaping the profession from a diverse lineup of speakers giving brief presentations on a broad range of interests. From how contemporary San Francisco’s streetscapes and urban interiors are being rethought, to how designing can be enhanced through photography and writing, as well as why NCARB is yet again evolving what it means to get your license.

    This even is SOLD OUT, but a WAITLIST has been created on ...

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  • BAYA May Firm Tour at STUDIOS Architecture

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    BAYA May Firm Tour at STUDIOS Architecture

    BAYA is having their monthly firm tour on Thursday, May 22nd at 6:30PM.
    The firm tour will be at STUDIOS Architecture

    STUDIOS Architecture is an international design firm that was founded in 1985 in San Francisco, California. The firm provides architecture, master planning, interior design, environmental graphic design and strategic consulting services on commercial, mixed-use, civic, and institutional projects around the world.

    Notice to all BAYA Members:
    Due to the high volume of attendees, we will be closing the ...

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