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  • August 7, 2020

    ENYA and the TORCH Mentorship Program are proud to announce the Class of 2020, selected by our steering committee from a competitive pool of Emerging Professionals (EPs).

    Congratulations to Danielle Bagwin, Enrique Bejarano, Deena Darby, Anna-Louise Duggan, Neha Hegde, Diksha Jain, Kyle Keene, Ian Korn, Neeti Kumar, Quinn Lammie, Edgar Pantelejevas, Brian Rivera, Mallory Taub, Christopher White, Gabriela Valdez Rubalcava, and Eugenia Zelaya!

    Over the course of the next 12 months, admitted EPs and their assigned partners from the College of Fellows will have the chance to cultivate a valuable mentorship relationship. From resume and portfolio reviews to opportunities to learn and collaborate, the Class of 2020 will find ample means to grow as professionals as part of the TORCH one-to-one mentorship program, and, we hope, share any lessons learned with colleagues of all stripes for years to come.

    We strongly believe in the stewardship of our fellow professionals through mentorship, and hope the EPs will continue being an enthusiastic spokesperson for that same mission going forward.

    Our mentoring Fellows this year are Alexandra Barker, Andrew Berman, Eric Bunge, Pablo Castro, Bruce Eisenberg, Laura Heim, Joan Krevlin, Vivian Lee, Lyn Rice, Sandra McKee, Ann Rolland, Lloyd Sigal, Barbara Spandorf, Jack Travis, Carole Wedge, and Richard Yancey.

    All of us at TORCH are very excited to have met the new class, and cannot wait to see them make the best of the program!

  • June 17, 2020

    AIA New York and the ENYA Committee have decided to extend this year’s application deadline for the one-to-one protégé component of the TORCH Mentorship Program to better accommodate the challenges emerging professionals are facing during this difficult time. The new deadline for submissions is Wednesday, July 8, 2020 @ 11:59 PM.

    Apply here >>

    If you have already submitted your application prior to the original deadline, there is nothing additional you need to do. We thank everyone for their interest, and will notify all admitted protégés later in July.

    What is the TORCH One-to-One Mentorship Program?

    The TORCH One-to-One Mentorship Program is designed to empower Architects, both Fellows (FAIA) and Emerging Professionals, by fostering symbiotic relationships that confer professional knowledge, culture and leadership strategies from one generation to another. Through discussions and mentoring, TORCH offers a network for better engagement across our professional community. This training and leadership program requires active participation. Emerging Professionals interested in participating in the One-to-One Mentorship ideally have proven leadership and a willingness to learn.

    Program Overview

    Each selected TORCH protégé will be paired with a local AIA Fellow (FAIA) acting as their mentor for one year. The One-to-One Mentorship Program is supplemental to the public panel discussions in which FAIA mentors will be invited to share anecdotes from their careers that have helped them become experienced architects.

    Throughout the program, the mentors and their protégés are expected to meet in a one-to-one setting of their choosing to discuss specific professional goals while further developing and strengthening their relationship. The program benefits include an opportunity to be mentored by FAIA members. Participants will develop communication and leadership skills, advance professional skills, expand professional and personal networks. Mentoring should occur quarterly over a year and will entail, but not be limited to, the sharing of personal experiences, detailed guidance, portfolio and resume reviews, and discussions on personal career advancement.

  • June 15, 2020

    Join the Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee on June 16, 2020, at 6:30pm for our monthly open gathering, where the committee chairs, guest speakers, and attendees will discuss new and ongoing initiatives at the Center for Architecture and beyond.

    This month’s agenda will cover the following topics:

    • ENYA as an organization

    Who we are, what we do, and programs we offer for professional development.

    • Racial Equity and Justice

    How AIA New York and its sister organizations are working to respond to the most recent debates on race as it concerns the profession and our built environment. Topics include actions that various institutions are undertaking, as well as recommendations on resources and initiatives that attendees can take in their own personal and professional networks.

    • Upcoming programs and deadlines
    • TORCH updates
    • ARE news

    Hope to see you all there!



    Suzanne D.H. Mecs, Hon. AIANYS, AIA New York Managing Director

    Talisha L. Sainvil, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED, AIA Brooklyn Chapter Secretary, PYLON Editor-in-Chief

  • April 10, 2020
    The Pneuma Schematic Illustration Courtesy of Ying Qi Chen and Ryan Somerville

    The Kickstarter campaign to fund this year’s City of Dreams Pavilion winner has closed and we reached our funding goal!  Thank you to all of those that contributed to The Pneuma pavilion.

    With the current restrictions on public gathering and social distancing measures in place we must postpone the construction of the pavilion to a later date.  Along with our partner FIGMENT, the committee will be monitoring the situation and provide updates as they are available.

    Special thanks to Earthtex fabric from Twitchell and Colgate Scaffolding for the material support.

  • February 24, 2020
    The Pneuma by Ying Qi Chen and Ryan Somerville. Image: Ying Qi Chen and Ryan Somerville
    Repose Pavilion by Parsa Khalili. Image: Parsa Khalili

    The ENYA committee is pleased to announce that the 2020 City of Dreams Pavilion jury has selected two winners in the 10th annual City of Dreams Pavilion Competition:

    • The Pneuma by Ying Qi Chen and Ryan Somerville
    • Repose Pavilion by Parsa Khalili.

    Of the two winners, The Pneuma proposal has been selected for installation on Roosevelt Island for the 2020 summer season.  The team will work with FIGMENT, ENYA, SEAoNY, and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation to obtain necessary approvals, fabricate, and install the pavilion on the island.

    The Pneuma has received the generous material support of Twitchell (EarthTex Fabric) and Colgate Scaffolding NYC (rental scaffolding) but is also accepting tax-deductible donations to fabricate, install and maintain the pavilion. Donations can be made to the project’s Kickstarter campaign.

    More information on the projects can be found in Chapter news.


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