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Wanted: Examples of Landscape Architecture Mentor Programs

Are you a student enrolled in a landscape architecture program looking to become involved in a mentor program?

Professionals, does the firm, university landscape architecture program, ASLA chapter, public agency, or nonprofit organization where you work have a landscape architecture mentor program?

The ASLA Public Practice Advisory Committee is preparing a guide to help tomorrow’s professionals who are seeking landscape architecture mentor program opportunities and to assist those interested in developing such programs.

ASLA will maintain and update an online reference list of landscape architecture mentor programs. We are looking for examples of current mentor programs to include on the reference list and want to know about your program. Is it organized through a school or university, ASLA chapter, business, government agency, nonprofit organization, or collaborative effort?

What is a landscape architecture mentor program? Who benefits? How does it work? Here is a shining example.

North Carolina State University
Landscape Architecture Mentor Program
Blogsite: shiftncsu
Tags: Martha Eberle, John Watts, Stephanie Coble
Contact: Gene Bressler

The NCSU Landscape Architecture Mentor Program pairs practitioners with students based upon student needs and interests as well as professional skills and experience. This relationship enables students to better understand professional expectations while giving practitioners a window into the academic world. Participants determine the amount of time to commit and are encouraged to be actively engaged in order to get the most benefit from the program. Activities include informal meetings, networking, inviting mentors to critiques or asking for feedback on work, and attending educational events, conferences, or office tours.

Over the last school year, the mentor program had the highest numbers ever of involvement of both students and mentors. There were 45 mentors active in the program, matched with 60 students (almost half of the total number of landscape architecture students). According to a recent survey conducted among mentors and mentees, the program offered a variety of experiences, and most of the responses were very positive.

Please share your landscape architecture mentor program story during National Landscape Architecture Month. Send a brief summary of your program to ASLA Public Practice Advisory Committee member Robin Gyorgyfalvy, ASLA, at by April 30.

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