AIA Best Practices represent the collective wisdom of AIA members. They are a compendium of practical knowledge acquired by AIA members in the real world of architecture practice—knowledge gained from experience, immediately applicable to a task at hand.
Mentoring Interns: A Firm Commitment 2002 IDP OFA
Payette Associates (Boston) create Young Designers Core – Vertically integrated YA education program
Three Methods of Knowledge Transfer: training, coaching, and mentoring
Excerpted from Architect’s Essentials of Professional Development, by Jean Valence, Hon. AIA
Overview of mentoring levels, differs with YAF definition
Seek Out the Many Rewards of Mentoring 1996 IDP OFA
Watkins Hamilton Ross Architects (Houston) - Value of mentoring and positive attitude
Colorado Component and University Develop Partnership for Mentoring
AIA Colorado and the University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning
New York Program Goes "Beyond IDP" for Exceptional Mentoring
AIA New York and the Emerging New York Architects Committee – 1 year, small group mentoring program http://aiany.org/committees/emerging/mentoring/
Boston Program Provides Mentoring Alternatives
Boston Society of Architects – Mentoring program initiated by Fellows
Firm Supports Protégés Through Inclusive Mentorship
Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates – great specific how-to
Clemson Mentoring Program Bridges Academia and Practice
The Clemson Architecture Center
Architectural Awareness Program for Junior High Students
AIA South New York Chapter partnership – 6-12 education program
ACE Mentor Program
HNTB Architecture (DC) teams with local ACE chapter for high school program
The Architecture in the School Program Helps to Create the Ideal Client
Intro to K-12 Mentorship Needs and Rewards (DC)
The 13th Edition of the Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice as a Training Guide
How-to for starting an in-house training program
Building Knowledge Through Lessons Learned
Excerpted from Architect’s Essentials of Professional Development by Jean R. Valence, Hon. AIA
Types of Training Programs
Excerpted and adapted from The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice – general idea list
Site Visits: Seeing is Believing and Learning 1995 IDP OFA
Einhorn Yaffee Prescott (New York) – In-house university
Creating Successful Local Emerging Professionals Committees
Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) and the Northeast Illinois Young Architects Group (YAG)
Providing EPC Seminars in Your Firm 1992 IDP OFA
Initiating an In-House Topical Training Program
Excerpted and adapted from “Turning Staff Training Inside Out” by Laura L. Viehmyer, SPHR, CEBS, CAE
The Basics of a Professional Development Program
Contributed by AIA Knowledge Resources Staff
Crossing Firm Boundaries--Enhancing the IDP Experience 2004 IDP OFAs
FEH Associates and INVISION Architecture (Iowa) – IDP/ARE Study Group
Development of an In-House University
Hixson Architecture Engineering and Interiors
Contributions to AIA Best Practices are welcome at any time and in any form. However, articles submitted in the following format are encouraged. Please e-mail your experience to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions should also be directed to email@example.com.
Please limit your contribution to between 500 and 1000 words.
1. Title - Make this explanatory, so people scanning the list of Best Practices on the AIA Web site will clearly understand your topic (e.g., “Firm Supports Protégés through Inclusive Mentorship” or “Small Firms Collaborate to Provide Interns with Supplementary Education”).
2. Summary - This paragraph can be written in a variety of ways but should serve to highlight the outstanding aspects of your mentoring practice.
3. Statement - The body of your statement should describe in detail the steps used to carry out your efforts in mentoring: the organization, leadership, and evaluation. If you have used a significant means of funding or partnering, you should explain.
4. Conclusion - Wrap up by explaining how others might adapt your practice or program under similar (rather than identical) circumstances.