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ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. | Notes of Interest

For more than 15 years, the ACE Mentor Program has brought together key sectors of the design and construction industry—architecture, engineering, construction management, real estate development, and more—to raise the awareness of tens of thousands of high school students to the possibility of careers in these fields. Architects make up one-quarter of the 5,000 mentors who have volunteered to work with the program over the years.

ACE is a national program organized into five regions with 64 local affiliates operating in 200 cities in 35 states. The mutually beneficial relationship between ACE and the architecture profession has produced remarkable, and measurable, achievements. The profession assists ACE by supplying volunteer mentors and scholarship support. ACE helps the profession by motivating high school students, especially underserved racial and ethnic minorities and females, to enter the profession. In the 18 years since it began, ACE has established itself as a recognized career development program; schools of architecture recognize ACE as an asset to learning and award scholarships to applicants who have participated in the program. Based on data collected by ACE, about 3 percent of all applicants to schools of architecture identify themselves as ACE alumni.

While there are other programs designed to give high school students exposure to architecture and engineering, ACE, through its year-long after-school program, exposes students to the breadth of the entire industry and provides hands-on experience with the broad range of professionals who regularly collaborate to design and construct a building. ACE promotes this concept of integrated practice, which will profoundly reinforce the attitude of the next generation of design professionals.

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2014 Collaborative Achievement Jury

  • William Bates, AIA, Chair
  • Eat'n Park Hospitality Group
  • Homestead, Pennsylvania
  • Amanda Palasik, Assoc. AIA
  • GWWO, Inc.
  • Baltimore
  • Rona Rothenberg, FAIA
  • Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Alameda, California
  • Benjamin Vargas, FAIA
  • Bartizan Group Architects & Project Managers, PSC
  • Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
  • Jennifer Workman, AIA
  • Good Fulton & Farrell, Inc.
  • Dallas

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