The AEP is here for support and camaraderie and to be the collective voice and source of information for those in the early stages of the architecture career. Which is why it made perfect sense to create and host “Huddle-Ups”—day-long events for members of the AEP to gather and meet one another and discuss various relevant topics as well as bring up any concerns or confusions.
The two events occurred Sat., Apr. 18, Sacramento and the other in San Francisco. These gatherings, which were also used to strengthen connection, tackled topics such as mentorship, how to engage other Eps within one’s chapter, and the types of support that are available and out there for others. Also, so the AEP Committee could report out on the activities and meetings happening within the AEP spectrum. (For example, many did not know about the Intern Titling change the AIA is attempting to change through the California Architects Board [CAB]).
The groups were pleased to hear about the progress made strengthening the dialogue between the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the AEP.
As progress is made (such as positive steps toward the Intern Titling change), and documents and tool kits are created (the Mentorship Handbook), all shall be made aware of how these endeavors can be better utilized to enhance their young architecture experiences.
It also doesn’t hurt that the meetings adjourned with a no-host happy hour. Glasses raised to a motivated and enthusiastic AEP!