Dedicated to helping the next generation of architects, I’m committed to mentorship in practice and the academy. My firm, Architecture Is Fun, has been an incubator and launchpad for many young professionals for a quarter century. Similarly, I have been an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for more than 25 years teaching freshman students through final semester graduate students as they launch into a life informed by their architectural education. For ten years, I have been involved with Bridge, a highly successful mentoring program sponsored by AIA Chicago, the College of Fellows and the Young Architects Forum. It was created to provide Emerging Professionals with access to local AIA Fellows (FAIA), leaders and designers from the architectural community.
As Strategic Council Liaison to the Young Architects Forum (YAF) in 2015-2016, I worked alongside YAF leadership at the national level on the critical issues facing young professionals; together with the National Associates Committee (NAC) we crafted the Workforce Jetpack as a blueprint for workforce pipeline and practice in 2030.