Opportunities & Resources for Emerging Professionals

Emerging professional include architecture students, recent graduates, and newly licensed Architects who have been licensed within the last ten years. Emerging Professionals may be referred to as “EPs” as short hand.  EP leaders from across the state have joined forces to roll-out the following opportunities to get EPs involved in AIA Tennessee because they are architecture’s next generation!

Do you want to get involved? Contact Ashley Cates to join the AIA Tennessee’s EP Committee.

AIA Gulf States Regional Associate Director – Call for Submissions

CLICK HERE to learn more about this position and how you can submit your application!

2019 EP Friendly Firm Awards –  Call for Entries is OPEN!

CLICK HERE to enter and learn more about the EP Friendly Firm Awards rules and entry form!

Re-Think Tank | NCARB Update – November 2018

Katie Lynn, AIA, NCARB, from Memphis was selected one of 12 recently licensed architects from around the country to be a part of the Re-Think Tank. Katie recently shared a summary of the group’s work from the November 2018 Summit. See excerpt and photos below. Read complete summary here.

“I became involved with the Re-Think Tank because I want to share my path to licensure, especially to encourage others to get excited about the profession. I received my license less than two years after graduating with my Bachelor of Architecture degree. I feel as though my young age has allowed me to bring a new perspective to the discussion about architecture, specifically in this region. Therefore, I believe that recent graduates like myself should obtain licensure to allow our strengths in new ideas and technologies to further guide the profession.” Read on.

Members of this group explored challenges and opportunities throughout the licensure process, discussed how architecture firms and NCARB support candidates on the path to licensure, provided feedback on the transition from ARE 4.0 to 5.0, and explored the concept of competency as it relates to architectural practice and licensure.

AIA Gulf States Emerging Professionals Symposium – Postponed until 2019

The EP Symposium has been postponed until 2019 – Dates have yet to be determined. We will post any news/information to this page.

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Do you know about EMERGE?

Emerge by AIAU, a new course series, provides emerging professionals on the path to licensure with experience hours in NCARB’s Architectural Experience Program (AXP). Courses in this series are free for Associate AIA members. You can gain extra experience hours that you might not get in a firm on your own time, on your own terms. Watch these videos to help you complete AXP and jump start your career. Get Started!


About EP Friendly Firm Awards 

AIA TN likes recognize Tennessee firms who offer great support and opportunities to their Emerging Professionals and to suggest more ways that all firms can elevate the level of EP support state-wide. We hope this process helps foster dialogue within firms and communities and across the state to create new and innovative policies and opportunities to support and develop the future members of our profession.



2018 Top Ten Firms were selected by a jury of peers and are as follows:

Outstanding EPFF Firms:

  • EOA Architects, PLLC, Nashville, TN
  • Haizlip Studio, Memphis, TN
  • HBG Design, Memphis, TN
  • McCarty Holsaple McCarty, Knoxville, TN
  • Smith Gee Studio, Nashville, TN (pictured above)

EPFF Firms:

  • archimania, Memphis, TN
  • Hastings Architecture Associates, Nashville, TN
  • TMPartners, PLLC, Brentwood, TN (pictured above)
  • Self+Tucker Architects, Memphis, TN
  • Studio Four Design, Knoxville, TN


Representatives from EP Friendly Firms across Tennessee.

View the 2018 EPFF Press Release.

Learn more and enter the 2018 EP Friendly Firm Awards.

View 2017 EP Friendly Firm Award Winners

About Video Shorts/Poster Design Challenge

The AIA TN Video Shorts / Poster Design Challenge invites architects and designers to bring their perspective to life through film.  The challenge seeks to give presence, voice, and creative expression through video; capture different perspectives; and highlight what design professionals and community members are doing across our state.

Learn more about 2018 Video Shorts / Poster Design Challenge (now closed).

Check out the 2017 Winning Video

Related Links via AIA National

Career Center for Emerging Professionals

Prepping for the ARE


AXP Resources

Young Architects Forum