Mentor Program- Mentees Visit Syska Hennessy Group

19 January 2017
By: Gary Brennen
USC Architectural Guild Mentor Board Member

As part of the Mentorship Program with the USC School of Architecture, M.Arch +3 students, Yi-Ting Hsieh and Khalil Gobir, visited Syska Hennessy Group in Culver City to tour our office and meet with their mentors, Yiyu Chen and myself.  Having mentors on the MEP engineering side gives the students a unique opportunity to explore the other side of the architecture industry and acquire building engineering knowledge which they can apply to their class and studio projects.


Yiyu, a USC alumnus with a Master’s Degree in Building Science, talked with the students about High Performance Building Design, highlighting Energy Modeling case studies done on the Long Beach Civic Center and the County of San Diego Housing & Community Development Office.  He also touched on California’s Energy Code requirements (Title 24) and how it affects the design process.

Yi-Ting and Khalil were also introduced to our youngest generation of engineers, our EDTs (Engineering Development Trainees), who gave their perspective on the AEC industry, what they enjoy, and the dynamics of their working relationship with our architectural clients.  Tim Tyrrell, an EDT, led a presentation with an example of the mechanical design work we do and the coordination between various teams on a project.

We hope Yi-Ting and Khalil enjoyed their visit to our office and learned a little more about the collaboration involved in the various facets of building design.  We plan on bringing them onsite to one of our projects currently under construction, so stay tuned for our next blog post when that happens!