Focusing on building a community among licensure candidates, architecture students, and young design professionals, our group addresses the professional needs and concerns of Bay Area Associate members. The committee works with local emerging professionals organizations to maximize the value of the AIA for associates and interns. They also organize events and programs of interest to unlicensed professionals and students and the ARE Review Seminars. 


 If you are interested, please fill out our online form here. To receive upcoming meeting and event details, subscribe to our email list. AIA East Bay members, allied members and sponsors are encouraged to join as well as other professionals in the design community.


Committee Chair(s):

Jaime Matheron

Jaime is a licensed architect and Senior Associate at Dahlin Group Architecture Planning. She is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a B. Arch degree, and she earned her license in 2016. At DAHLIN, she specializes in medium-density residential design, and was recently promoted to lead the DAHLIN Oakland studio. She has participated as a volunteer for various AIA programs, and is a new co-chair of the AIA EB Young Architects/Emerging Professionals committee.

Timothy Nystrom

Tim is a licensed architect working in the Bay Area since 2008, with a diverse portfolio including residential, commercial, and educational facilities. He is the founder of his firm, NYS designs, where he specializes in residential architecture construction in the East Bay. Tim holds a bachelor degree in architecture from CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, and a Masters in Sociology from Arizona State University. He is passionate about education and giving back to the local community of Architects through the Young Architects Forum committee, where he has been co-chair since 2016.

Ali Rafieetari

Ali is a project manager and currently is fortunate enough to work for Oakland senior residents to assist with their residential rehabilitation projects. Prior to this, he had been working in three different small architecture firms across the Golden State being responsible for design and construction administration of complex commercial projects, including data centers, labs, and manufacturing spaces. He has a master’s degree in Sustainable Building from Technische Universität München.

Daniel Zweig

Dan is a licensed architect working at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). Born and raised in California, Dan received his B ARCH from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He has worked on a variety of large project types, including office towers, institutional campuses, labs, and convention centers. He received his license in 2016 and has been participating in the AIAEB Young Architects Forum committee ever since, serving as co-chair since 2018.