To help architects take the extra step of being a leader in their community and engaging the public as a member of the profession, AIA Illinois and AIA Chicago are offering programs aimed at developing leadership skills and sharing experiences through mentorship. LBBA has participated in some of the local Illinois and Chicago chapters’ most recent activities.
Earlier this month, Claudia Rodriguez, AIA participated in the biennial AIA Illinois Leadership Institute, a daylong event focused on empowerment training as part of a major call for civic engagement between architects and Illinois communities. Claudia was selected to join 38 other emerging leaders for the professional development opportunity. AIA Illinois was one of the first state components in the country to convene emerging leaders for a professional development opportunity, starting in 2004.
Additionally, Josh Mings, Assoc. AIA was selected to participate in this year’s AIA Chicago Bridge; a leadership and mentorship program for young architects. Bridge is celebrating five years as the highly successful mentoring program sponsored by AIA Chicago, the College of Fellows, and the Young Architects Forum. The program incorporates informal social events and organized mentorship discussions focusing the conversation on past experiences, career development, and the future of the architectural profession. Throughout the program, the mentors and their mentees also meet in a one-on-one setting to informally discuss specific professional goals while further developing and strengthening their relationship. Peter Landon, FAIA will act as a mentor. This is his third year participating in the program.
Visit AIA Chicago’s website to find more information on how to apply for these programs and to learn about other opportunities for community involvement.