Lee W. Waldrep, PhD
Currently associate dean of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland, Waldrep has more than 10 years of experience in the fields of architecture and career development. Previously, he served as assistant dean for academic affairs in the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) from 1994 to 2001.
Waldrep holds a doctorate in counseling and development from The American University, a master’s degree in architecture from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s degree from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He has lectured and presented extensively about careers and architecture around the country. Currently, Waldrep is under contract with John Wiley and Sons to write Becoming an Architect as part of Wiley’s Careers in Design series.
Grace H. Kim, AIA
Kim is a principal and cofounder of Schemata Workshop, an architecture collaborative in Seattle. Previously, Kim was a principal at Place Architects and project manager for Bumgardner Architects, both also in Seattle. She began her architecture career at SOM in Chicago, where she was also an active member of the Young Architects Committee of AIA Chicago. She has also worked at the International Masonry Institute.
Kim has been actively involved with the American Institute of Architecture Students at both the national and chapter levels and also has served on the Collateral Internship Task Force and the AIA Mentorship Task Group that produced the Web site, Mentorship: A Journey in Collaborative Learning. She facilitates a mentor group in Seattle called the Laddership.
Kim received her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Washington State University and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Washington. She also served as a Washington State IDP Coordinator for two years and, in 2004, was the first to receive the Emerging Professionals Mentorship Award from the AIA National Associates Committee and Young Architects Forum. Kim is also the author of A Survival Guide for Architectural Interns and Career Development (John Wiley and Sons, 2006).
In The Odyssey, Homer tells us that when Odysseus, King of Ithaca, left for the Trojan War, he entrusted his friend Mentor with the education and training of his son, Telemachus. Mentor was to develop the youngster to fulfill his birthright and succeed his father as king. Centuries later, the “mentor” still plays a vital role in personal and professional development.
The AIA sees mentoring as both transformational journey and relationship—an opportunity for mentor and mentee to learn from each other. Mentoring involves hard work but can reward participants with lifelong friendships and working relationships built on trust and mutual respect.
Architecture doesn’t exist in a vacuum. For example, building a green house as part of a community requires more than learning about sustainability; it requires an understanding of architecture as an involved and collaborative process. Likewise, a strong mentoring relationship must be an active, collaborative partnership in which both parties exchange ideas and opinions openly and freely. This dynamic reciprocity ultimately yields communal benefits.
In this podcast, Grace Kim, AIA, a principal of Schemata Workshop in Seattle, and Lee Waldrep, PhD, associate dean of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland, explain the importance and benefits of having—and being—a mentor.
For more information, you can visit ARCHCareers.org, a joint venture between AIAS and the AIA. Also, please visit the AIA Mentorship Program.