CAREER TOOLS
MENTORSHIP
PHOTO: Pico Branch Library. KEARCH. Photo detail Eric Staudenmaier.

Will you join a distinguished group of your peers and volunteer your time to connect with students?

AIA Los Angeles receives requests from schools, libraries and mentoring programs for architects and designers to speak to students of all ages, about the profession and the built environment. The audience ranges from K-12 and across a wide spectrum of backgrounds and awareness of/exposure to design.

To better fulfill these ongoing requests, the AIA|LA is establishing an official group of on-call volunteer design leaders.

Feel free to contact Kirstin Jensvold-Rumage at the AIA|LA Office with any questions, kirstin@aialosangeles.org.


ACE Mentorship (High School)

The ACE name stands for Architecture, Construction and Engineering. The ACE program helps to mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction.

Firm Involvement: Organized as teams, students are led through a mock design project by their architect, engineer and construction management mentors. Teams (and mentors) meet for approx. 15 sessions, each of which run about two hours after school. Sessions happen at firms as well as schools.

Get involved with ACE here

LA Promise Fund

The LA Promise Fund fosters programs such as Girls Build LA, a year-long STEAM incubator program for middle and high school girls, and The Intern Project (TIP), a program that places high school seniors and juniors in real workplace settings for summer internships.

Firm Involvement:
In addition to mentorship opportunities within the programs, or hosting an intern, LA Promise Fund organizes field-trips to real STEAM firm for both TIP and Girls Build.

Want more information about how to get involved? Email Kirstin.

Learn more about LA Promise Fund programs here

 


SOCALNOMA

SoCalNOMA’s Architecture & Engineering Summer Camp is designed and taught, primarily although not exclusively, by local African-American architects, engineers, interior designers and urban planners. The camps are designed to teach the basics of architectural design, inclusive of mapping, site investigation, sketching, scaled drawings, model-making, sustainability, and presentation skills.

Firm Involvement: NOMA & NOMAS members, and adult volunteers have a 5:1 ratio to ensure individualized student interactions and introduce them to practical and essential elements of architecture and engineering, to promote interest and desire for a career vocation in the fields. We will do this through walking tours, lectures, and drawing activities, using computer technology and hands on projects.

Want more information about how to get involved? Email Kirstin.

To visit the SoCalNOMA website, click here.

 

SPARK (Middle School)

Spark is a national nonprofit that provides life-changing apprenticeships to youth from disadvantaged communities. Spark one-on-one workplace apprenticeships empower young people to succeed in their education and beyond.

Firm Involvement: 1-on-1 apprenticeships at firm. 1 afternoon a week for 2 hours/ 8-10 weeks.

Want more information about how to get involved? Email Kirstin.

Learn about the various SPARK programs here.


CREDITS
PHOTO: Banner: Pico Branch Library. Koning Eizenberg. Detail of image by Eric Staudenmaier.