Last fall we initiated a program called YAD (Young Architects Day).  The concept is to set aside an afternoon for cross-pollination in architecture.  Students of architecture and young practicing architects can check BUILD out and shoot some questions at us.  At the same time it allows us the opportunity to get to know some ambitious architects coming up the ranks.  The November YAD event was a great time and we’ve been promising many of you that we’d do it again soon.  So… the next YAD event will be on Wednesday, April 8th at 3:30pm.  We’ll start out at the BUILD world headquarters again for a quick office and building tour.  Then we’ll head to our new cabinet shop where we’ll check out the tools and visit with our cabinet maker David about cabinets, furniture and being an all around rock star of wood-working.  Afterwards we’ll head up to Picnic, a finished project of ours, for snacks and beverages.  We’ll discuss architecture, the profession and how the h-e-double-hockey-sticks all of us are going to get through the recession.  If you’re a student of architecture or a young practitioner and this sounds interesting to you drop us a line at and stay tuned.

Post event wrap-up:

We had a great tour on Wednesday afternoon with a group of talented young architects.  Once again, we’re honored that ambitious young professionals set aside an afternoon to meet with us and take part in YAD – thanks to everyone that participated.  Sharp questions were asked throughout -adding to a very good discussion.  Here’s the photo recap:


Andrew leads a quick tour of BUILD’s design process (it’s a decent read but I’d wait for the movie).


Kevin discusses some of the technicalities of the Park Modern building on the roof-deck.  We should really be on Herkimer Coffee’s payroll for brand placement.


Touring the systems in the basement – where the magic happens.


At the Special Projects Division shop with master-woodworker David giving a lesson on the birds and the bees.


Kicking the tires on the SPD furniture line.  The chair prototype pictured above is made of padauk and aluminum connector plates.



Wrap-up at Picnic on Phinney Ridge with apps, beverages and more discussion.

Thanks again to everyone that participated – we greatly enjoyed the interaction and getting to know each of you.  Keep up the good work and keep in touch.