23 October 2016
By: Chuck Whitaker
USC Architectural Guild Mentor Program Chairman
The USC Architectural Guild Mentor Program initiated the 2016-2017 mentoring program this last week. The program is open to all USC architecture students and we had an overwhelming response with more than 100 students and 80 mentors registered!
The purpose of the mentorship program is to provide an impactful, professional and “real world” experience to supplement their formal education. Students will gain insight and guidance from architecture, design and construction industry professionals who will assist them in preparing for their careers after graduation.
Many of the mentors and mentees attended the “kick off” breakfast at the USC campus on October 19, 2016 to meet each other and discuss their interests. Discussions between the students and mentors included: planning mentoring events, learning about collaboration of design professionals and contractors, the roles of design professionals, and visiting architectural and associated design professional offices.
One gathering that occurred through the mentorship program was at JLA Structural Engineers. They invited several architectural students to their office and provided a luncheon presentation on the role of a structural engineer. Another mentor meeting took place at a construction site close to the USC campus.
I’m very excited for the launch of the program an hope it’s not only impactful and rewarding for the students but also a meaningful experience for the mentees as well.