Call for Volunteers: ACE Mentor Program

NY ASLA is looking to steward the landscape architecture community’s involvement with ACE Mentoring. 
ACE is a free after-school program that engages high school students (9-12) in a project that focuses on Architecture, Construction, and/or Engineering. Typically, an architecture, construction, and/or engineering firm hosts a group of 12-25 students that meet twice a month at their office between October – June to develop technical skills and design around a chosen project, and then the group presents their project in June. Though there is a Host Firm, there is also a supporting cast of mentor firms that participate on each project as well and help to inform students of the professional relationships involved in building a project.
To date, ACE has been focused on the industry professions without a strong focus on landscape architectural projects. In spite of this, ACE is very interested in engaging with landscape architects in any way and would like to have a landscape architecture project, hosted by a landscape architecture firm this coming 2013-2014 season. ACE is also looking for landscape architects who might volunteer to be on a jury for the program, and/or participate with a host firm on a pre-established project which has some landscape features or components. Please contact NY ASLA for more information and how you might contribute to inspiring the next generation of designers who NYC who might not otherwise have this exposure.

ACE_team20_MABFirst year mentors, Alison Peckett, formerly of Saratoga Associates andMolly Bourne of Mathews Nielsen joined ACE New York’s Team 20 for the 2012/2013 school year, where RCDolner LLC Construction has sponsored the team for the past 5 years. Alison and Molly joined the team bringing Landscape Architecture to the multi-disciplinary table, which only recently was added to the ACE curriculum.

The ACE Team 20 project was the creation of a retreat for Google in Upstate New York per Google’s specific guidelines. The project had a large site planning component with complex grading and programming issues.

ace_team20_APThe students of ACE New York’s Team 20 presented their work at Google’s headquarters on May 7th to a packed auditorium.  In attendance were several other ACE teams, mentors, friends and family.  The presentation was based on a very strong inter-disciplinary and site planning approach that was heralded by both Google and the panel of judges presidingover the event.

For more information regarding the ACE Mentor Program, please visitwww.acementor.org.

NY ASLA is looking for landscape architecture firms and individuals to participate as volunteer mentors for the 2013-14 school year. If interested, please contact our Executive Director, Kathy Shea(director@nyasla.org), or Education Chair Alison Duncan(alison.duncan@gmail.com).