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  • May 29, 2021

    ENYA is excited to announce that applications for the TORCH Class of 2021 are now open!

    Are you an emerging professional with at least three years of professional experience, seeking an experienced architect to talk to about how to take those next steps in your career? Are you looking for someone with whom you can discuss personal goals, review your resume and portfolio, and establish a long-term mentoring relationship?

    The TORCH Mentorship Program is perfect for your needs! Every year, we help aspiring young architects connect to distinguished Fellows of the AIA (FAIAs) for a year-long personal career guidance experience. Visit the TORCH website today to learn more about our One-to-One Program, and click on the “How to Apply” link on the left-hand side of the page to see the candidate requirements.

    Good luck! We’re looking to welcome you all to the new class!

    Start your application here >

  • December 22, 2020

    ENYA is proud to announce that the TORCH Mentorship Program, which we launched last year with the College of Fellows to great success, now has its very own webpage!

    Check out the link below to learn more about all the great programming we have been doing so far, see recordings of panels and program yearbooks, apply to become a member of next year’s mentee class, and more. We look forward to seeing you at future events—virtually, and hopefully soon, in person as well.

    Happy holidays from all of us at ENYA and TORCH!

    Torch Mentorship Program >

  • October 14, 2020

    The AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee is seeking applications for a new co-chair with the planned departure of the current co-chair by the end of the year.

    It is the goal of the Emerging New York Architects Committee to encourage membership, participation, and leadership in the AIANY Chapter among young architects (licensed 10 years or fewer) and emerging professionals in the fields of design and construction. The committee engages NYC’s diverse emerging design professionals through lectures, design competitions, and networking opportunities, with a focus on Professional Development, Design Excellence, and Public Outreach.

    Interested AIA members can apply by sending a copy of their CV and a 250-word cover letter outlining their interest in the committee, why they feel suited to lead it, and in what direction they hope to take it, to Joseph Corbin, Please specify which committee you are applying to in the subject line. The deadline for applying is Friday, November 20.

  • 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.


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