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 professionals and 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 newer 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

5 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.

5 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.

5 Meetings

All learning groups will meet once a week for 5 weeks. Each mentor will rotate throughout the groups until they have met all five groups.

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 5 weeks, with each mentor meeting with a different cohort every week. 

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 professionals and 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.

This cohort’s meetings will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30pm, with the last meeting taking place in person at our office in the David Brower Center. 

** Students: It's alright if you can't attend all mentor meetings, but you need to plan to make most of them. We understand life happens, but we want this to be as fulfilling and beneficial for everyone as possible! **

Fall Schedule 

  1. March 15, 2023: 1st Group Meeting. Groups meet with their respective mentors for the first time. 
    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
  2. March 22, 2023: 2nd Group Meeting.  Groups meet with their respective mentors. 
    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
  3. March 29, 2023 – BREAK (Spring Break)
  4. April 5, 2023: 3rd Meeting. Groups meet with their respective mentors. 
    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. April 12, 2023: 4th Meeting, Groups meet with their respective mentors for portfolio and/or resume review.
    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. April 19, 2023: 5th Meeting. In person at AIA East Bay Office. Mock interviews. 
    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

If these dates don't work for you, apply for our Fall 2023 Cohort!

Reference Dates:

UC Berkeley

  • Spring Term begins: January 17
  • Spring Break: March 27-31
  • Last day of instruction: April 28

DVC 

  • Spring Term begins: January 23
  • Spring Break: March 27-31
  • Last day of instruction: May 19

USF

  • Spring Term begins: January 23
  • Spring Break: March 13-17
  • Last day of instruction: May 11