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The Changing Face of the Architecture Profession

Podcast: 2008/7/7 - 27:26

Presenter: Wendy Ornelas, FAIA

Interviewer: Michael J. Crosbie, PhD, AIA






Wendy Ornelas' field of research, academic teaching and professional experience is in the area of internship and mentoring. She also has extensive collateral experience in these areas. She is the Director of the Architecture Internship Program at Kansas State University; Past-President of AIA Kansas; Past Regional Director of ACSA; was a Member of the Advisory Committee for the 2005 Internship Conference:Designing Tomorrow's Architect; was a Liaison for ACSA to NCARB's Education Committee; was a Liaison for ACSA to Internship Development Program Coordinating Committee; and is currently the ACSA representative-elect to NAAB.

Leaders are those who guide or inspire others. They show us the way and influence our course of action. Schools and offices are made up of leaders in our profession, if only we continue to find means to nurture. Leaders ["we the people"] help us to see things in an innovative manner. As society and the profession of architecture become increasingly complex, how we interact with our new graduates, emerging professionals and seasoned members of our profession will lead architecture into a new era. 

Mentoring in our ever-changing profession is becoming complicated, and who should take the lead? Faculty, practitioners, or both? More than ever architecture needs the academy and practice to work cohesively to develop a well-rounded professional.

Emerging professionals assume faculty and practitioners operate seamlessly in the development of an enriching route from academia to licensure. Upon graduation they expect to venture into a new aspect of their education, but they do not expect a deep chasm between the academy, the profession, and becoming a licensed professional.

Traditional practice must stay profitable and productive while simultaneously keeping up with the new demands of our profession, the economy and society. Looking at how faculty and practitioners can continue to mentor new graduates, or emerging professionals and seasoned members of a firm so they keep their energy, passion and optimism about the profession is essential. This session is an interactive look at how several schools of architecture work to diminish the chasm between the academy and the profession through academic internships.The speakers will discuss the impact of internship programs, as well as the inherent responsibility of both the profession and the faculty to mentor students who participate in these programs. Educators, emerging professionals and practitioners will gain insight into expanded mentoring programs so they can be leaders in their respective groups.



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