AIA and ACE Mentor Program Extend their Partnership Print
Friday, 13 March 2009 03:45

Officials of the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced today the extention and expansion of their national partnership.

Created to address the growing need for skilled professionals in the architecture, construction and engineering industries – a shortage that could become a crisis if current trends continue – the ACE Mentor Program is a nationwide effort of outreach and mentoring for students in 136 markets across the country. The AIA was an original association sponsor and has extended their support and participation through 2013.

"We are delighted with the AIA partnership" said Pamela Mullender, President and CEO of ACE. "Our collaboration reaches thousands of high school students interested in exploring careers in architecture. AIA member firms and dedicated professionals who are passionate about their work, engage students and offer a first hand look at potential career choices," said Mullender.
" The ACE Mentor program is a key component to fostering an inclusive profession in architecture," said Christine McEntee, Executive Vice President and CEO of the AIA. "In the future, the AIA will be seeking ways to make more connections between AIA local components and ACE Affiliates, and encouraging our components to start ACE affiliates where there may not be one yet."
As time goes on, the ACE student website will be linked to the AIA’s Career Center, additional members will be introduced to the ACE program, and a matching fund donation program will be created. ACE will continue to offer a college scholarship to an architectural student in AIA’s name.
About the ACE Mentor Program

The ACE Mentor Program is the fastest-growing high school mentoring program focusing on careers in the design/build industry. It was founded by the principals of leading design and construction firms, to introduce high school students to career opportunities in the industry. The mission of the organization is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in the design/build construction industry through mentoring; and to support their continued advancement in the industry through scholarships and grants. ACE makes a special attempt to reach students that otherwise may not become aware of the challenges and rewards of a career in the design and construction industry. For additional information please visit

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. By using sustainable design practices, materials, and techniques, AIA architects are uniquely poised to provide the leadership and guidance needed to provide solutions to address climate change. AIA architects walk the walk on sustainable design. Visit

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