AIA Middle TN Emerging Professionals

Through knowledge, resources and community, the AIA Emerging Professionals of Middle Tennessee encourages professional growth, leadership development and serve as the collective voice for young architects.

  • Professional development
  • Social networking
  • ARE and IDP panels
  • Design workshops
  • Building tours

Follow the AIA Emerging Professionals Google Group at to learn more!

EP Competitions & Opportunities Available through AIA

  1. AIA TN EP Friendly Firm Award (due June 15th) – This award program showcases the best Tennessee firms offering great support and opportunities to their Emerging Professionals. 
  2. AIA TN Video Shorts & Poster Design Challenge (due June 15th) – This competition invites architects and designers to bring their perspectives to life through video and graphic design.
  3. Jason Pettigrew Scholarship – The Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of emerging professionals at early stages in their careers and helps defray the costs associated with the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). Developed by the AIA National Associates Committee, the scholarship honors the memory of late friend and colleague, Jason Pettigrew. Scholarship recipients receive funds to cover the cost of the ARE and study materials. AIA Middle TN’s very own Ali Alsaleh, Assoc. AIA and Fuller Hanan, Assoc. AIA were 2017 recipients!


 EP Summer Social Event

Join other Emerging Professionals in Nashville for a night of fun, networking, cornhole, food, raffle prizes and more! The 3rd Annual EP Summer Social and Cornhole Tournament will take place again this year at Little Harpeth Brewing on May 31st, 2018. Doors open at 5:30pm and the Cornhole Tournament will start promptly at 6:00pm. Entry to the event is free, and teams may register for the cornhole tournament for $15 per pair. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the nonprofit, Rebuilding Together Nashville.


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Are you ready to get licensed? If you’re ready to start your ARE (4.0/5.0) testing process we’ll help you get licensed efficiently, and we’ve got the numbers and reviews to prove it!

* Stay tuned for more information about the next session!

ARE 4.0 Retires on June 30, 2018. For more information and resources visit the NCARB website here.

Hard Hat Building Tours – Call for Projects!

The AIAMidTN Emerging Professionals host hard hat tours and Draughting Club socials. For the most up to date information on the tours, follow the AIA Emerging Professionals Google Group at and also check our events page by clicking here and our calendar to check for upcoming tours and online registrations.

Do you have a Hard Hat Building Tour worthy project?  Please contact us at to get the process started and share your great work. We’ve seen upwards of 60 people at our largest tours!

 Call for EP Firm Liaisons

We are looking for EP Firm Liaisons to help better connect our emerging professionals to AIA Middle TN. Are you interested in becoming a firm liaison or learning more? CLICK HERE to complete the form!