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Ascend Mentorship Program

PROGRAM Description

The Ascend Program connects emerging architecture professionals with mid-career architects through mentorship as an intentional first step into the profession. These connections will support EP’s in the early stage of their careers, guiding through challenges, setting goals, and developing the skill set to succeed. Ascend groups are organized locally.

Mentors and Mentees are invited to apply no later than midnight on Sunday, December 3, 2023.


Program Outcomes

1. Guidance

  • Awareness and identification of culture of architecture profession. Training on professional etiquette and expectations. Negotiate the adjustments from academia to profession.

2. Support, problem solving

  • Preparing for and dealing with challenges in the working environment. Problem solving.

3. Career Planning, Goal Setting

  • Understanding the different career paths in architecture. Setting goals in a career and developing a pathway to achieve those goals.


This program’s success is directly dependent on the consistent attendance by the participants and therefore attendance is mandatory. Each member will be allowed one excused absence. The attached agreement form must be filled out and signed by the applicant. The signature of a firm principal is also required showing the commitment of the firm to the applicant’s full participation.

2024 Schedule

  • Ascend Kickoff meeting: February 8
  • Session 2: March 7
  • Session 3: April 4
  • Session 4: May 2
  • Session 5: June 6
  • Closing session/Ascend Reunion: August 1

Program Requirements

  • Emerging professional and AIA member
  • Currently working in the architecture field
  • Between 1 – 5 years of professional office experience
  • Unlicensed
  • Started AXP process Preferred
  • Recent Graduates can apply

Program Overview

The Ascend Program will empower people to see the future of their career in architecture, and develop a path for their next 5-10 years in the profession.

This program has been developed to fit as the first step in a series of established AIA Colorado opportunities to enrich careers and provide opportunities for leadership. Graduates of the Ascend program are encouraged to continue their professional development through these other programs:

  1. The Ascend Program
  2. Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program
  3. Volunteering
    • Local advisory councils
    • Committee work
    • Knowledge communities
    • Board membership
  4. College of Fellows

Mentor Selection

  • Licensed Architects
  • Currently working in the architecture field
  • Between 10 – 15 years of professional office experience
  • Hold a leadership or Senior position
  • Engaged on active projects

Class of 2023

Trevor Carrasco, Assoc. AIA

Weston Hanish, Assoc. AIA

Bradley Kreuger

Izna Manzoor, AIA

Alex Tyson, Assoc. AIA

© AIA Colorado 2024
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