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Friday, July 23, 2010

A Passion for Mentoring

- Tom Mathison, FAIA
Principal, Higher Education Focus Group Leader

Many of us are passionate about sharing our knowledge with emerging professionals. When I founded the AIA Michigan Mentoring Network, it was and continues to be, an effort comprised of architect mentors who voluntarily meet with architecture and design students. Real-world experiences and life lessons are shared, friendships developed and guidance is offered. The network is free to both students and mentors, and is open to all architecture students at accredited programs in Michigan.

Starting with 100 students in 1999, the network has grown to an average of over 200 each year from the four accredited architecture programs in Michigan (University of Michigan, Lawrence Technological University, University of Detroit Mercy, and Andrews University). AIA Michigan partners with each university and respective AIA chapter to offer this unique opportunity. The network has quickly grown to include students and mentors from throughout Michigan and across the U.S and abroad.

Recently, the May 7, 2010 issue of AIArchitect featured the AIA Michigan Mentoring Network - to read the article, click here.

The network has been picked up by other AIA components in the U.S., and it is included among AIA’s “Best Practices” for mentoring. Recruiting for mentors and students starts soon for the 2010 – 2011 academic year. Contact me at for more information.