Mentoring is an important part of the architecture profession during all stages of career development, but at no stage is it more important than at the beginning. The YAF 15 Summit last year resulted in an action plan to focus modern mentoring initiatives on professional development, personal support, and practice area or specialty development. This podcast presents these ideals in three models of structured mentoring for use within architecture firms.
Mentoring is an important part of the architecture profession during all stages of career development. The AIA acknowledges the importance of mentoring in the AIA Code of Ethics, which encourages members to "nurture their fellow professionals as they progress through stages of their career, beginning with professional education in the academy, progressing through internship, and continuing throughout their career."
The AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) further recognized the necessity of mentoring at the YAF 15 Summit, where they placed mentorship at the top of their list of issues to tackle in the next 15 years.
The tactics the YAF has proposed to further mentorship are in direct alignment with the AIA Strategic Plan, specifically sections II.C Nurture Emerging Professionals and II.F Create Positive Member Experience. The "Mentoring: Three Modern Approaches" session at the 2008 AIA National Convention in Boston fulfilled one of the YAF's goals for mentoring as stated in its Action Plan. Other goals include establishing a mentor-matching database, developing resources in conjunction with AIA knowledge communities, and initiating a grant program to encourage mentorship programs.
The purpose of this discussion is threefold:
- To examine the importance of mentoring on the large scale of the profession and on the small scale of firms, components, and schools
- To introduce a modern definition of mentoring and to describe three methods of structured mentoring for use on the small scale
- To issue a call to action for attendees to go home and set up mentoring structures in their own communities
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