Young Architects Day Recap
November 6, 2008, 2:27 pm
Filed under: Architecture, BUILD LLC, Seattle

On Wednesday November 5th BUILD initiated the first YAD event.  Young Architects Day is an afternoon/early-evening event in Seattle that allows for some cross-pollination within the architecture industry.  We like to keep a pulse on the new talent in town and the occasion allows young architects to see what our design-build practice is up to.  By kicking the tires on a couple of our projects we have the opportunity to spread some good knowledge; the excellent questions and comments we get help us refine our process and keep us open to new ideas.  Overall it was a great success and a good time – thanks to everyone who participated.  On the agenda was an office and Park Modern tour, a tour of a project in process and a completed project.  We wrapped up the afternoon with refreshments and eats at our recently competed Picnic food & wine boutique on Phinney Ridge.

To the architecture firms and employers in the industry: this is a group of highly motivated, sharp young architects.  They gave up an entire afternoon of their busy lives just to check out some architecture and discuss the profession – outstanding.  Drop us a line if you’d like some highly recommended candidates to interview for your firms.

To the rest of the young, ambitious architects and students of architecture out there: keep a pulse on the BUILDblog for future YAD events, we’ll be getting another one on the agenda in the coming months.

Here’s a photo recap of the event:

Throwing some darts at the BUILD process of design + construction.

Kevin Eckert of BUILD leading an office tour and discussing the correct way to hold a handgun.

Taking in the view and discussing the do’s & don’ts of deck design.

Kevin Eckert and Andrew van Leeuwen of BUILD on how to correctly drink Herkimer coffee.

On the jobsite discussing panelized siding, landscaping and whether or not to paint the stone…

Andrew using made-up words like “horizontality”.

Great food, wine and discussion at Picnic

Kevin leading a demonstration of his famous hand-shadow giraffe

more food and drink…



Thanks again to everyone involved – the effort, time and discussions were greatly appreciated.  It was fantastic to meet everyone and overall a pleasurable way to spend our Wednesday afternoon.


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Thanks for hosting this event! It would be great to see other firms following suit. Looking forward to the next session!

Comment by sandy

A big “thanks” for this – it is much appreciated! It is great to see a firm so interested in engaging the community. Here’s hoping that your gracious precedent will inspire others to similar acts.

Comment by casey

I’m sure with this young architects, they have all the latest ideas or knowledge on what an architecture should be.. ;) I’m surely they succeed now and more in the future.

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Your event essentially filters out the first round of candidates for potential employers like myself. Interesting.

Comment by Anonymous

Thank you Kevin and Andrew for yesterday’s tours. I always enjoy getting a peak behind the curtains like that. It made for a great afternoon. I’ll stay tuned to the Build Blog for future events. Thanks again.

Comment by Erik

Thank you Andrew and Kevin for an insightful experience. What you guys are doing to get a more fervent architecture dialougue going is great to see and be a part of. I am definetly up for more! Thanks also to Picnic for the tasty treats. Yum!

Comment by Adam

Thanks team BUILD for your warm reception into the Seattle design community and for initiating this first ever… YAD event. Great stuff.

Comment by rh

So, don’t leave me hanging – what was the consensus, paint the stone or not? Too late on the outside, but what about the fireplace?

Comment by KP

KP- full consensus on the exterior stone, and, this was, umm, reinforced when the tour saw the pinkness on the interior stone.
We didn’t do any straw-polling on the fireplace (and 10 architects would definitely yield 10 opinions). But, your architects position remains unchanged from the original design goals…

Comment by Kevin E.

Great stuff guys, wish I lived in the area to have attended the event! As an extension of the discussion on the do’s and dont’s of deck design, I wonder if you have considered a technical post on the topic?

Comment by Ryan

Many thanks for a great afternoon of design, discussion and wine. I wish other firms would show this kind of leadership and outreach within the architecture community, great precedent.

Thank you.

Comment by Ben

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