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This page offers a list of links to mentoring programs in alphabetical order. The list is by no means exhaustive. Please help us collect more links to valuable architecture-focused mentorship programs by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alabama chapter of the AIA supplies volunteers who act as mentors to interns.
The AIA Atlanta Mentoring Program is managed by Bill Abballe, AIA. A kick-off event is held each fall to orient new members to the program.
Boston Society of Architects
The BSA has a mentoring program initiated by Fellows of the AIA.
AIA Charlotte and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Architecture have partnered to maintain this mentoring program since 2003. A "Women Mentoring Women" (Architects to Interns) program launched in August of 2007. For more information on mentoring contact Jennifer Sisak at (704)331-0109.
AIA Colorado has established a mentoring network of volunteer registered architects who offer to meet with architecture and design students and interns to share real-world experiences and offer guidance as they prepare for careers in the design professions. AIA Colorado is partnering with the University of Colorado at Boulder and Denver, as well as many firms in the metro area, to provide this unique opportunity to young professionals across Colorado. To express your interest, please e-mail: email@example.com.
AIA Kansas City
AIA Fellows meet with local Young Professionals.
AIA Michigan has a mentoring program which was started and is maintained by Tom Mathison, FAIA. There is no charge to participate and it is aimed at architecture college students. Tom's mentoring model is revered by several other AIA chapters who have set up similar programs.
AIA New York
AIA New York holds Speed Mentoring events as a means of connecting women in the profession. This version of Speed Mentoring involves women architecture professionals at various career stages being paired together to exchange ideas. The events provide immediate mentoring (”How do I handle this difficult client?”) as well as the opportunity for longer-term mentoring relationships among participants (”Let’s do lunch!”). Contact Lisa M. Chronister, AIA at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Also, Emerging NY Architects organizes a group mentoring program. The program duration is one year and it is offered biannually.
University of California at Berkeley
The College of Environmental Design Alumni Association manages a mentorship program.
University of Minnesota
The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA) Mentor Program at the University of Minnesota is one of the largest architecture mentor programs in the nation, with more than 300 participants each year. Contact Lucy Reile, Mentor Program Coordinator, at email@example.com for more information.
The AIA has created a podcast on Speed Mentoring. Strong mentoring relationships are active, collaborative partnerships that benefit both parties while also yielding communal benefits. In this podcast, Grace Kim, AIA, a principal at 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. iTunes | MP3
American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA) New York
The New York Chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, has an exemplary mentoring program.
ACE Mentor Program
A national program for high school students interested in architecture, construction, engineering and related areas of the design and construction industry.