Yale Day of Service: The Architect Is IN + 7 YANA Chapter Events

A one-day nationwide Yale alumni volunteer collaborative offering pro-bono Architectural, Planning, + Design Consultations to non-profit and service organizations with a connection to Yale.

Saturday, May 7, 2016.
17 cities in the US, Canada, and abroad.

For more information and registration as either a volunteer or a nonprofit: http://yalearchdos.com/


The event is for one day, on Saturday, May 7th, 2016. It is international!  The 2015 cities were New York, New Haven, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Shanghai. We are adding Seattle/Vancouver, Atlanta, Beijing, Ann Arbor/Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Washington DC, Tokyo, Seoul, London, and Lexington, KY in 2016. We also try to match architects and nonprofits in other cities on a one-to-one basis, if the need is there.

Any Yalie can refer a nonprofit by having them put your name in the “Yale Affiliation” field when they register.  Almost any nonprofit or service organization’s project can be eligible – buildings, interiors, graphics, websites, etc.  If you are in doubt, please sign-up and a member of the Planning Committee or your local Site Leader will contact you. If you don’t have a project yet, the event is set up to be informative and educational, and to be a mutual explanation of nonprofit needs and architectural, planning, + design services. The consultations are afterwards, and only if there is a project.  There is also a round-table conference call for non-profits that addresses pre-project issues, like finances and grants.

Non-profits will be contacted by the Site Leaders about bringing some basic documentation, like photos, website links, organization literature, etc., depending on what their project is (each one is unique).  Non-profits should send someone who can give a brief overview of their project and answer questions.  Volunteer architects should bring laptops, iPads, trace, pens, pencils, etc. – whatever is your preferred design tool – to supplement the resources at each host site.

To find your local Site Leader, you can send us an email at yalearchitectsydos@gmail.com, and we will connect you.  Or, as the event gets closer and we confirm matches, you can visit the Yale Day of Service website at: www.yaledayofservice.org for more specific contact info. If you registered and received a confirmation email, your local Site Leader and/or a member of our Planning Committee will contact you directly. The schedule is slightly different at every site. Your Site Leader will let you know the exact schedule, but the average is 10am-3pm w/a lunch break.  If you can’t stay for the whole event, that’s okay, too.

Site Leaders can use this link to download all of the necessary materials for hosting the event: Dropbox Link for Site Leaders. The folder will be updated approximately 2 weeks before the Day of Service.

If you’re an architect who wants to help but can’t attend that day, you can still help!  We need lots of help at the grass-roots level to match projects with volunteers and advertise the event.  Please send an email w/ your name, graduation year, and location to yalearchitectsydos@gmail.com. Current Yale students can’t give any consultations, but can still assist in many ways, or attend to learn more. Please contact your local Site Leader.

If you’d like to bring this event to your city, please send an email to yalearchitectsydos@gmail.com.

More About The Architect Is IN.

“The Architect is IN” Yale Day of Service arises from a desire to connect Yale architectural alumni with other alumni in the Yale community who can most benefit from a day of donated professional architecture, planning, and design services.

This volunteer workshop service event – first held in 2014 in New York, DC, and Boston – specifically was created to serve localized non-profit organizations who are affiliated with Yale or Yale alumni in some way, and it occurs at various locations and at different scales across the globe.

The skills and talents of volunteer architects (of all ages and backgrounds) are matched with local community service and non-profit organizations who are most in need of assistance. The resulting service opportunities are likely to be very diverse and unique. This website acts as our main database.

The service workshops aim to be rewarding to all participants wanting one day of volunteer service. Beyond that, they educate all of the participants in a more meaningful and long-term way about what architectural design services really are, and who can be positively affected by them on a daily basis.

2015 Planning Committee:
Dale B. Cohen, M.Arch ‘89
Anne Goulet, M.Arch ’00
Kimberly Brown, M. Arch ’99
Sara Caples, M.Arch ‘74
Leticia Wouk Almino, M.Arch ‘11
Daniel Goldman, SOM ’09
Matthew Hettler, M.Arch ‘13
James Petty, M.Arch ’14
David Rush, M.Arch ’89

2015 Site Leaders:
Steven Heikin, M.Arch ‘71 (Boston)
Patrick Hickox, Yale ’72, M.Arch ‘79 (Boston)
Jonathan Boyer, M.Arch ‘74  (Chicago)
Brandon Hall, M.Arch ‘14 (Chicago)
Lauren Mishkind, M.Arch ‘09 (Los Angeles)
Lucy Irwin, M.Arch ‘85  (San Francisco)
Ming Thompson, Yale ’04 (San Francisco)
Robert Tucker, M.Arch ‘89 (New Haven)
Dale Cohen, M.Arch ‘89 (New York)
Wanli Mo, M.Arch ‘13 (Shanghai)

Special thanks to those who gave generously of their expertise, time, and resources to start this service event:
Mark Dollhopf, AYA Executive Director, ex officio
Alisa Masterson, AYA Assistant Director for Alumni Relations
Lise Pfeiffer Chapman, AYA Board of Governors Chair
Ken Inadomi, YANA Chair
Johnny Scafidi, Director of Development & Alumni Relations, Dwight Hall
Walter Hunt, FAIA, Vice Chairman Emeritus, Gensler
Additional thanks to Matthew Hettler for implementing our website.

YANA BAY AREA: 6 YDOS Service Sites, various times

YANA is excited to be co-sponsoring six Yale Day of Service sites this year. Join thousands of Yalies across the world on May 7th to volunteer in your local community, in honor of Yale’s tradition of service and giving back. This is a great opportunity to share this value with your children (and grandchildren) through example – and fun! – as you work together on local projects. Invite your family and friends to join you, all are welcome!

Berkeley: BOSS Multi-Agency Service Center ,1-4pm
1931 Center Street in Berkeley
This daytime drop-in center is one of the few places in Berkeley where homeless people can take a shower, use a phone, use the small computer lab or library, or just stay safe and warm out of the rain. This program has an outdoor courtyard where people can rest away from the streets which is currently in need of some tender loving care – gardening, landscaping, and weeding. Please help us maintain this small welcoming oasis for people on the street who have no other place for safe respite during the day! Register here

Oakland: Alameda Community Food Bank, 1-4pm
7900 Edgewater Drive in Oakland
Help the food bank sort and package farm-fresh produce which is soon after sent into the community to nourish neighbors in Alameda County. The organization provides healthy food to one in five county residents. During the few hours of service, you’ll make a real impact and help support the goal of a hunger-free community. Register  here

Mill Valley: Marin Headlands Native Plant Nursery, 9am-12pm
Marin Headlands, Kirkpatrick Street, Mill Valley
Each year, the Nursery grows over 30,000 plants to restore that are vital to the natural habitat. Tour the Marin Headlands Native Plant Nursery, transplant and pot some of the over 30,000 native plants. The nursery also collects seeds and maintains the facility; our service today will involve planting. Register here

San Francisco: Koshland Park and Garden-Community Grows, 10am-1pm
At the corner of Page St. and Buchanan St. in SF
Community garden provides environmental, gardening & healthy living education to high-needs youth. We will be weeding, planting, sweeping, pruning, mulching, composting, picking up trash and making the park and garden shine.
Register here

San Francisco: The Architect is IN Consultation Services for Non-Profits, TBD
Yale-affiliated architects serve their local Yale-affiliated non-profit organizations who are in need of architecture, planning, and design services. Volunteer architects will provide free professional consultations at the event site to any non-profits who register by April 25th. Projects last year included proposing design solutions for a library expansion, revised office work spaces, a new hydroponic greenhouse, homeless shelter and autistic residence renovations, and landscaping for a school’s entry and parking area.
Registration, FAQ’s, and more info can be found at www.yalearchdos.com

Half Moon Bay: Maverick’s Beach Cleanup, 9am-12pm
Maverick’s Beach, closest address is 22 W Point Avenue
Join us for a beach cleanup at Pillar Point Beach near Mavericks. The event officially starts at 9:00 AM but feel free to arrive any time up until 11:00 AM. Most people spend 1-2 hours on the cleanup. The event ends at 12:00 PM.
Register here


MAY 7. YALE DAY OF SERVICE at Bartram’s Gardens.
Contact: Yassmin Parsaei, Yale (TD) 2013. The YANA Community Service Project Group invites you to join other YANA members on May 7th for a few hours of camaraderie and community service at the annual Yale Day of Service, at Bartram’s Gardens. Co-sponsored by the Yale Club of Philadelphia.

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