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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.

“Stock Mentorship Photo”

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.

By the way, did you know the word mentor comes from the world of storytelling? Mentor was friend and father-figure in Homer’s epic The Odyssey. Here’s a short podcast from Merriam-Webster: “Mentor.”

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)
ArchiTalks: Mentorship

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)
ArchiTalks: Mentorship

Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)

teach them the way they should go: #architalks

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)
Mentor5hip is…

Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
My Mentor

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)
On Mentorship

Ilaria Marani – Creative Aptitude (@creaptitude)

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