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  • 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.

  • December 11, 2019

    On December 10, Emerging Professionals from New York City, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island will co-host a viewing party for a Webinar featuring panelists on the subject of BURNOUT. Please follow the registration link for location details, this event is free.

    The World Health Organization announced this year that Burnout is included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon. Symptoms of burnout include feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy. As emerging professionals struggle to create a work/life balance burnout becomes very real. Being proactive will create more effective leaders at work, at home and in our communities.

    The program aims to focus on the following topics:

    • Strategies for carving time for yourself
    • Time management skills
    • Resources for self-preservation and self-growth
    • Tools to help you recognize that you are struggling, and how to broach the topic with yourself, your peers, and importantly your firm leadership.

    Jim King, AIA, Partner, King + King Architects
    Kim Perone, CLC, Success Coach and Mindfulness Trainer Center for Clarity, Compassion & Contentment (CENTER4C)
    Daniel J. Wilson, AIA, Partner, Lacey Thaler Reilly Wilson Architecture

    If you are unable to attend the webinar you can view it live from your computer or phone.


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