Introducing the DC|PR Mentorship Series
Over the course of three days in April, Emerging Architects Committee members Ricardo J. Rodríguez, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, AIT and Ryan McEnroe, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP took part in a mentorship series which challenged the notion that for emerging architects and young entrepreneurs alike, the development of a successful career is either a preordained or chaotic process. The DC|PR Mentorship Series 2015, a program of their own devising and development, presented a bilingual discussion to commemorate Architecture Week in Washington DC and Landscape Architecture Week in Puerto Rico. The lecture series consisted of multiple presentations at the Island’s architecture schools and it focused on illustrating the tools available to a young professional for attaining sustainable career growth and likewise challenging traditional practices.
Ricardo and Ryan led two main sessions focusing on the key elements that enable young design professionals to standout in a competitive job market. They also demonstrated how their design skills provided the basic framework to identify openings, present creative solutions and remain relevant in business environments. Ricardo spoke specifically about a designer’s path to leadership, addressing creative strategies that strengthen multidisciplinary integration and provoke corporate office culture. Ryan provided further insight on how the architecture design process relates to unique project types, specifically sharing case studies through his work on projects that relate to Responsible Ecological Agricultural Land (REAL) Design projects. Both lecturers noted the skills necessary to develop strategic alliances and identify opportunities for leadership, innovation and partnership.
The duo spoke at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, on Thursday, April 23rd and followed their lecture with reviews of student projects. During Thursday evening they spoke to a group of entrepreneurs and tech startups about the difference between management and leadership, in a dynamic business environment. On Friday, April 24th the team concluded by speaking at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. Ricardo and Ryan expect to return to Puerto Rico in the Fall of 2015 to expand into a workshop-style course for university students and emerging professionals.
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