One of the most cliché statements out there is “take things one step at a time”. If you turn on any post-game interview right now for the NBA playoffs, you will hear someone talk about how they are taking each seven game series “one game at a time” and how they are focused “on just trying to get a little better at each practice”. We get it. If you get out ahead of yourself, the task at hand can come up and bite you. That all being said, I completely subscribe to the “achieve incremental steps en route to a larger goal” philosophy.

Recently, I returned from a vacation that I had been looking forward to for months. It was the first long and relaxing vacation that my wife and I had had in almost two years, so to say we were looking forward to it would be an understatement. However, coming back to work from vacation is right up there with scheduling your next dentist appointment. Once you reach the thing that you have been working towards it becomes very difficult to see what happens next. What do you do when the thing that had been the “light at the end of the tunnel” for so many months is over and you need to find something else to work towards? How do you force yourself to slog through ARE study materials and long hours at work? For me, I NEEDED something, if only to ease myself back into regular life.

Luckily, YAAG is coming up on June 3. This event has yet to disappoint and, since it is in the part of the year that lacks major holidays, it is perfectly timed to be the thing that helps me get through the next month or so. As a quick background, YAAG is an annual event hosted by AIA Colorado where we gather to celebrate the work of emerging professionals and students at a rotating venue. This year, the event will be held at the new Gensler office in downtown Denver where we will have multiple levels of displayed work, indoor and outdoor mingling areas, food trucks, beer and wine, and honors to bestow.

If you are anything like me, I leave architecture events more inspired than when I walked into them. Often, the work displayed by emerging professionals is some of the most energetic work currently being done. On top of that, the care that is put into crafting a coherent presentation that is judged by a group of some of the most well respected architects in the state alone is enough to pique ones interest for a good portion of the evening. Think of  YAAG as a live action ArchDaily, but with the addition of top notch food, beer, wine, and the suspense of finding out who the judges tapped as the winners.

That said, this event is serving to help get me through the post-vacation hangover. Attending an event with over 140 quality submissions for awards and with great food, drinks, and friends is enough to keep anyone going and something that I and many others look forward to all year. After YAAG, well I guess I’ll just have to find something else to look forward to. See you on June 3rd!

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