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RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014
May 4-6, 2014
RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 is for any real estate professional looking to draw from timely, in-depth market knowledge that will be shared by local and international experts in the land, property and construction sectors. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with top professionals from around the world and engage in educational seminars and premier discussion forums. 

Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.


Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century. 

 

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Tuesday
Oct292013

Young Designers: Matchmaking for the Future

For newly-minted professionals, finding a job, especially in this day and age, can be overwhelming. Even getting a little professional guidance—beyond your faculty advisor—can be intimidating. You can be as smart and talented as can be, but how do you get your name out there, how do you expand your professional network, and how do you even figure out which path might be the best for you?

“It’s very daunting, finding the right place,” says Anne Wood, co-chair of the IIDA New York’s Student Mentorship Committee. “A lot of times these students, typically undergraduates, don’t quite know what focus would best suit them. Mentorships expose them to industry profess from hospitality to retail to healthcare so they can see what the world is like.”

With that in mind, the chapter has developed a program designed to bring students and professionals together. Enter Speed Mentoring. Now in its sixth year, the idea is similar to speed dating. Before the event, there’s a rigorous selection process for the mentors (different mentors are recruited each year). “We handpick the candidates and include a broad range of ages, areas of design and time in the industry,” says Wood, allowing for mentors to offer a mix of interests and skills to their potential mentees.

At the gathering, which also includes more informal networking sessions before and after the main event, each student meets with 10 different mentors. The meetings move swiftly—four minutes each. Then, students and mentors rank each other according to compatibility. Scores are totaled, and the matches are made.

Once the pairings are in place, the actually mentorship can take on many different forms. It could be emails exchanged regularly or coffee dates to chat. The program has certainly led to internships and even jobs. “It’s a rare opportunity they don’t get everyday,” says Wood. “They get some good tips and tools starting out in the real world.” 

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