Emerging Professionals Community

2021 Co-Chairs:

Tom Barker, Assoc. AIA, Amenta Emma Architects
Alison DiVenere, Assoc. AIA, JCJ Architecture

Committee Members:
Alexis Hoff, Assoc. AIA, Amenta Emma Architects
Andrew Collins, Assoc. AIA, Pickard Chilton
Randy Begin, Assoc. AIA; Amenta Emma Architects
Max Ballardo, Assoc. AIA; Patriquin Architects

2021 Ex-Officio & Staff Members:
Angela Cahill, AIA, NOMA AIA Connecticut President

Gina Calabro, Hon. AIACT, NOMA, Executive Director
Holly Leonard, Deputy Directory
Masha Nazarko, Program Manager


The AIA CT Emerging Professionals Committee seeks to serve a community of architectural designers pursuing professional and personal growth by providing resources that afford social, educational, and cultural opportunities.


With our members coming from a varying range of experience, interests and backgrounds, our goal is to celebrate our unique talents while encouraging active involvement within the greater AEC community. We aim to foster interactions that provoke a meaningful exchange of thoughts and ideas

Please see Calendar for meetings and events.
(Schedule information is subject to change.)

Please contact Masha Nazarko for general inquiries or
to be added to the Emerging Professionals contact list.

All AIA Connecticut members are invited to attend.


Emerging Professional Perspectives: from Academia to the Workforce

An exceptional opportunity to hear unique perspectives and insights on internships, choosing a firm, and navigating early career challenges. Plus advice on steps to setting your career up for success.

The First Newsletter!

Our first quarterly newsletter!

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Architect Registration Examination Review

5.0 ARE Candidates – The Architect Registration Examination Review Series is being revamped for the new exam format. Please see the Calendar to register for individual dates, as they become available.

Contact Masha Nazarko about series discounted pricing  and the Amber Book Video Discounted Subscription.

Apply for a grant for Amber Book Video and Black Spectacles

The Young Architects Forum (YAF) Connection is the primary method of communication from the YAF to the Emerging Professionals and architects within 10 years of licensure. The publication features the accomplishments, programs and musings of Emerging Professionals from across the country.

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