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, please contact Wesley Wong (Co-Chair) at

Past Events

Year Month Event More
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


  • 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)

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    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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  • BAYA and YMF SEAONC: Spring Social

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    BAYA and YMF SEAONC: Spring Social

    Once again, BAYA and YMF SEAONC (Younger Members Forum Structural Engineers Association of Northern California) will be co-hosting a Spring Social. Please join your fellow BAYA members and branch out to meet fellow YMF Engineers. Join us for an evening of pizza, refreshments, games, and socializing at the Wreck Room!

    Drink tickets will be provided to the first 30 BAYA members who attend.

    To RSVP, please e-mail:
    RSVP through our facebook page:

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  • BAYA + AIAS Mixer: What's Next? From School to Practice

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    BAYA + AIAS Mixer: What's Next? From School to Practice

    Join the BAYA community and students at CCA for an evening focused on the transition from school to practice. Come listen to professionals share their stories and view student work from CCA’s Architecture Department. Meet some new faces and make some new connections. Free food + drinks will be provided.


    Je'Nen M. Chastain, Assoc. AIA, LEED GA | Marketing Coordinator at Perkins+Will
    Exploring Alternative Careers in Architecture

    As a marketing professional for Perkins+Will, Je'Nen M. Chastain ...

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  • BAYA March Firm Tour: Van Meter Williams Pollack

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    BAYA March Firm Tour: Van Meter Williams Pollack

    Van Meter Williams Pollack is an award-winning multi-disciplinary architecture and urban design firm based in San Francisco and Denver. We provide a full range of comprehensive design and planning services for a variety of project types, scales and clients. The partners and staff bring expertise to all aspects and phases of our projects. Since 1989, we have strived to make a positive impact in the neighborhoods, towns and cities in which we work, leaving them more functional, livable and sustainable ...

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