AIA Colorado supports your career advancement through mentorship 

We’ve heard from our members that finding good mentors is key to succeeding as an architect. That’s why we’ve developed numerous opportunities for our members to either find or become mentors.

Group Mentorship Program

Five mentors, five sessions, one collaborative group 

AIA Colorado’s Group Mentorship Program is an opportunity for members to collaborate, support and learn from each other. It facilitates conversations among the Colorado architectural community and creates a collaborative network of members from all disciplines and of all ages.

By the end of the program, participants have grown their network, shared resources and ideas for addressing challenges and gained a group of mentors.

How does it work?

group mentorship graphicFive Mentors

In addition to mentoring each other, you’ll have the opportunity to personally interact with five industry leaders. Mentors are chosen based on their career experience, specific skillsets, and their ability to offer perspective on the changing profession.

Five Sessions

The program consists of five sessions in total. By the end of the five sessions, you will have rotated between each mentor and had a chance to engage with each of the other members in the program.

But don’t worry – the mentors’ presentations are not a lecture! Each session is an interactive opportunity to ask questions, share stories and learn more about the evolution of architecture and firms in Colorado.



The takeaway? Inspiration and guidance from some of the top architecture professionals.

In fact, read about a past participant’s inspirational experience here.


The Group Mentorship Program is currently offered both in Northern Colorado and in the metro-Denver area. See below for program details, schedule and mentors.

Group Mentorship Program in Denver

Apply for the 2019 - 2020 program by 5 p.m. Monday, September 9.

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2019 - 2020 Program Schedule

The program will begin Sept. 18 and continue through April 8. See the dates below.

  • Round Table 1 – October 9
  • Round Table 2 – November 11
  • Round Table 3 – December 11
  • Round Table 4 – January 8
  • Round Table 5 – February 12
  • Round Table 6 – March 11
  • Final reception happy hour – April 8

2019 - 2020 Program Cost

The cost to participate is $45, which covers supplies and refreshments at the kickoff and closing reception.

2019 - 2020 Mentors

  • Mike Blea, RAW Creative
  • Chad Holtzinger, Shopworks Architecture
  • Gary Petri, Roterstock Consulting
  • Joy Spatz, EUA Architecture
  • Brad Tomecek, Tomecek Studio Architecture
  • Mike Young, City of Denver

Group Mentorship Program in Northern Colorado

2019 - 2020 program application will open this winter1

2019 - 2020 Program Schedule - Coming this winter!

2019 - 2020 Mentors - Coming this winter!

2019 - 2020 Group Coordinators - Coming this winter!

Coordinators serve as the primary point of contact between mentors and the groups of mentees. They’ll also attend each of the mentorship sessions to facilitate conversations.

One-on-One Mentorship

Maybe you don’t have time to participate in our group mentorship program, but you’d still like to either find a mentor or serve as a mentor.

If so, complete either the Protege Form or the Mentor Form and return to Christopher Nims, FAIA at

The AIA Colorado Mentorship Committee will then make an appropriate assignment and contact both Mentor and Protégé to reach out and set up their first meeting. Meetings can be in person, phone or email as determined by the pair.