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"The USC Architectural Guild mentorship program allowed me to see a softer, more personal side of the archtectural industry by connecting me one-on-one with professionals. I also really appreciated that my mentors helped demystify and ease the transition from academia to the working world." - Paulina S.


The USC Architectural Guild is pleased to announce our Spring 2016 Guild Mentorship Program. The goal of the program is to expose students to the practice of architecture and related professions. 

Mentees and Mentors will register for the program from February 1, 2016 until February 12, 2016.  Matches will be determined prior to the kick-off that will take place on March 2.   At the kick-off meeting you’ll learn about University and program guidelines for mentors/mentees and hear from previous participants in the program.  The kick-off meeting is recommended for first-time participants.


If you are interested in becoming a mentor – please click here and fill out the Mentorship application.

Here are a few suggestions for sharing your experience in the profession with your mentee:

  • Arrange a tour of your organization for your mentee;
  • Allow your mentee to job shadow with you or someone else in your organization;
  • Allow one-on-one interactions to share experiences, resources and answer their career-related questions;
  • Invite your mentee to visit a job site(s);
  • Invite your mentee to attend an office or staff meeting or an appointment with a client or attend a professional association meeting with you or someone else in your organization.

If you are not able to meet face-face, consider interactions through electronic communication, telephone, and tools such as Skype and Face Time. 

Thank you in advance for your participation.  We look forward to meeting you at our kick-off celebration on March 2.




Tab 2 Group


"Historically, the making and building of architecture has involved not only formal educational knowledge transfer, but also a more vocational or hands-on teaching or mentoring. The instances where practitioners with experience and perspective lend advice, offer a different point of view, or afford a look into some aspect of our trade are as important to a young professional’s development as the formal studio exercises and class exams. Mentoring on a professional level has shaped our industry for centuries, and will undoubtedly continue to do so well into the future. The successes I have had over the last 25 years of formal architectural education and professional practice are not solely mine. In fact credit must also be given to a handful of people, both educators and professionals, who have helped guide me through the ever changing and constantly challenging world of the design and construction. I could not have taken this journey alone, and I owe a debt of gratitude to those who have taken the time to mentor me." - Paul C. (mentor)


Mentoring aims to promote the following aspects concerning the mentor:

  • Development of mentoring, coaching, and interaction skills
  • Connections with students in the field
  • Connection with USC School of Architecture
  • Development and expansion of the professional network

 What we expect mentors to do:

  • Spend one-on-one time with the mentee once a month, on average
  • Set targets and agree on practical matters with the mentee
  • Support the development of the student’s working life skills, as a mentor

What we do not expect mentors to do:

  • Offer a job or an internship to the mentee
  • Give answers to all the mentee’s questions
  • Share all his or her own contacts with the mentee


If you are interested in becoming a mentor – please click here and fill out the Mentorship application.


Tab 3 Group



"Having participated in the Mentorship Program in previous years, I could not recommend this program more highly. The time I spent with my mentors were very valuable and the things I learned extended beyond what could be taught in a classroom or studio setting. I was able to form authentic relationships with professionals that have not only helped me as a student, but even now as a recent alumna and working professional." - Crystal W.


Mentoring aims to promote the following aspects concerning the student:

  • Building of a professional network
  • Development and increase of professional and communication skills
  • Cross-disciplinary networking with USC School of Architecture students, alumni, and industry professionals
  • Generation of new ideas and interests
  • Finding of career choices and paths as well as job application skills


What we expect mentees to do:

  • Spend one-on-one time with the mentor once a month
  • Have an active role and take the initiative in relation to the mentor
  • Set targets and agree on practical matters with the mentor
  • Agree on mentoring expectations and goals with the mentor
  • Understanding that mentoring relationship is not about getting an job offer or an internship


Download the Mentoring Request Form

Info for Mentors
Info for Students