5x5x5 Mentorship Program

The aim of the AIA East Bay 5x5x5 group mentorship program is to provide partnership and develop productive dialogue across all members of the architectural community. Adding value to AIA Membership, the 5x5x5 program creates a peer network of engaged professional sand stimulates inter-generational and interdisciplinary dialogue.

Participation in this program adds value to personal career and leadership development for the rising generation in the architecture profession and fosters and continual learning to promote the East Bay architectural community at large. View program information sheet.

GOALS

  1. Establish a continuum of professional relations and learning amongst young practitioners and industry leaders
  2. Allow participants to understand and utilize the wide range of services and benefits that the AIA East Bay and AIA National can provide
  3. Provide mentors a unique opportunity to positively influence an upcoming generation of future leaders through their perspective and experience
  4. Increase membership value for AIA East Bay members

PROGRAM FORMAT – 5x5x5

FIVE MENTORS – Industry leaders involved in promoting the built environment through their work, research, writing, etc. Each Mentor is chosen for their expertise and ability to engage emerging architects and AIA members. Mentors provide a unique outlook on the field of architecture and bring to the table a specific set of interests and experience. The Mentors range from non-traditional architects, community leaders, academics, industry-related business leaders, and architectural practitioners.

FIVE LEARNING GROUPS – Each learning group consists of 5 mentees and 1 group coordinator.  The learning groups are open to all levels of the professional practice: unlicensed emerging professionals to licensed seasoned professionals. A Team Coordinator will be assigned to each learning group. The Team Coordinator serves as the point of contact between the group and the mentors, helping to coordinate group sessions logistically as well as facilitate discussion during their meetings. Groups are divided equally based on experience, gender and career goals in order to provide a variety of perspectives and interests in each group.

FIVE MEETINGS – All learning groups will agree on their own meeting schedule throughout the session. Each mentor will rotate throughout the groups until they have met all five groups.

Our first Cohort of 25 students matched with 5 AIA mentors is underway!

Get on our mailing list to get updates about our Fall cohort. Applications will open late Spring.

The AIA East Bay is launching a new program for UC Berkeley and Diablo Valley College students. 5 groups of 5 students will be mentored by a rotation of 5 professionals in the architectural and construction industry. The program will last a full semester, about 15 weeks, with group meetings every three weeks. Meeting times and places are to be determined by the mentor/mentee groups.

The aim of the 5x5x5 group mentorship program is to provide partnership and develop productive dialogue across all members of the architectural community. Adding value to AIA Membership, the 5x5x5 program creates a peer network of engaged professional sand stimulates intergenerational and interdisciplinary dialogue.

Participation in this program adds value to personal career and leadership development for the rising generation in the architecture profession and fosters and continual learning to promote the East Bay architectural community at large.

Schedule – COHORT #1

Matches announced Tuesday, January 19th.

  1. Start Date / Meet and Greet meeting : Monday, February 1st @ 6:00pm (1.5 – 2 hours). Students and Mentors are introduced and assigned groups. Layout of schedule for the 15 weeks, and general rules / parameters for the program. 
  2. 1st Group Meeting : Week of February 1 – 5 (1- 2 hours). Groups meet with their respective mentors for the first time. Virtual Meeting sites to be hosted by Mentor via zoom. Zoom links to be sent out 1 week before the scheduled meeting. 
    1. Group 1 > Mentor 5
    2. Group 2 > Mentor 4 
    3. Group 3 > Mentor 3 
    4. Group 4 > Mentor 2
    5. Group 5 > Mentor 1
  3. 2nd Group Meeting : Week of February 22 – 26 (1- 2 hours). Groups meet with their respective mentors. Virtual Meeting sites to be hosted by Mentor via zoom. Zoom links to be sent out 1 week before the scheduled meeting. 
    1. Group 1 > Mentor 4
    2. Group 2 > Mentor 3 
    3. Group 3 > Mentor 2 
    4. Group 4 > Mentor 1
    5. Group 5 > Mentor 5
  4. 3rd Meeting : Week of March 15 – 19 (1- 2 hours). Groups meet with their respective mentors. Virtual Meeting sites to be hosted by Mentor via zoom. Zoom links to be sent out 1 week before the scheduled meeting. 
    1. Group 1 > Mentor 3
    2. Group 2 > Mentor 2 
    3. Group 3 > Mentor 1 
    4. Group 4 > Mentor 5
    5. Group 5 > Mentor 4
  5. 4th Meeting : Week of April 5 – 9 (1- 2 hours). Groups meet with their respective mentors. Virtual Meeting sites to be hosted by Mentor via zoom. Zoom links to be sent out 1 week before the scheduled meeting. 
    1. Group 1 > Mentor 2
    2. Group 2 > Mentor 1 
    3. Group 3 > Mentor 5 
    4. Group 4 > Mentor 4
    5. Group 5 > Mentor 3
  6. 5th Meeting : Week of April 26 – 30 (1- 2 hours). Groups meet with their respective mentors. Virtual Meeting sites to be hosted by Mentor via zoom. Zoom links to be sent out 1 week before the scheduled meeting. 
    1. Group 1 > Mentor 1
    2. Group 2 > Mentor 5 
    3. Group 3 > Mentor 4 
    4. Group 4 > Mentor 3
    5. Group 5 > Mentor 2
  7. End Date / Final Meeting : Monday, May 3rd @ 6:00pm (1.5 – 2 hours). Wrap up with all groups, feedback, socialization.

Reference Dates:

UC Berkeley

  • Spring term begins : January 12
  • Academic Holiday: February 15
  • Spring Break: March 22 – 26
  • Last day of instruction: May 7
  • Final exams: May 10 – 14
  • End of Spring term: May 14

DVC 

  • Spring Term begins: January 25
  • Academic Holiday: February 12 & 15
  • Spring Break: March 28 – April 3
  • Final exams: May 17 – 21
  • End of Spring term: May 21

Program Format 5x5x5

FIVE GROUPS: Each learning group consists of 5 mentees and 1 mentor.  The learning groups are open to all levels of the professional practice: unlicensed emerging professionals to licensed seasoned professionals. 

FIVE STUDENTS:  Students will be grouped to ensure a diverse learning experience celebrating a variety of perspectives and interests in each mentee group.

FIVE MENTORS: Industry leaders involved in promoting the built environment through their work, research, writing, etc. Each Mentor is chosen for their expertise and ability to engage emerging architects and AIA members. Mentors provide a unique outlook on the field of architecture and bring to the table a specific set of interests and experience. The Mentors range from non-traditional architects, community leaders, academics, industry-related business leaders, and architectural practitioners.