This is my contribution to this month’s ArchiTalks topic, “Mentorship.”
The other posts are linked below; you can also find them on Twitter by following the hashtag, #ArchiTalks.
Over the years I’ve taken part in various professional mentorship programs. One was intended to span educational and professional institutions to make a profound impact on architecture students; it never got of the ground. A couple of other mentorship arrangements were clandestine, where the employer paired me with a struggling peer to help bring them along, without imposing on them the stigma of publicly being a mentee. These relationships had limited success.
I believe the best mentorship happens naturally, in the workplace, in between deadlines. I’ve received (and given, I trust) great insight about Architecture and Life in these informal settings.
I’ve always loved imparting what I know about this profession to others. That’s why I spend so much time writing about Architecture. I hope to “mentor” a wide audience of readers to understand what we Architects do and why it is so valuable.
Please, take a look at what my fellow architect-bloggers have to say about mentorship.
Bob Borson – Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
This is NOT Mentorship
Marica McKeel – Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
Jeff Echols – Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
Mentors, Millennials and the Boomer Cliff
Mark R. LePage – EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)
Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Bad Mentor, Good Mentor
Stephen Ramos – BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
The Top 3 Benefits for Architects to Mentor and to be Mentored
Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
I’ve got a lot to learn
Emily Grandstaff-Rice – Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (@egrfaia)
Gurus, Swamis, and Other Architectural Guides
Jarod Hall – di’velept (@divelept)
The Lonely Mentor
Drew Paul Bell – Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
Advice From My Mentor
Jeffrey Pelletier – Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Mentoring with Anecdotes vs. Creating a Culture of Trust
Samantha R. Markham – The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
Why every Aspiring Architect needs SCARs
Nisha Kandiah – ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
Mentorship : mend or end ?
Keith Palma – Architect’s Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Tim Ung – Journey of an Architect (@timothy_ung)
5 Mentors that are in my life
Mark Stephens – Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
Gabriela Baierle-Atwood – Gabriela Baierle-Atwood (@gabrielabaierle)
Ilaria Marani – Creative Aptitude (@creaptitude)