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Multi-Generational Workplace: Mentoring/Mentorship
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When: 6/15/2016
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: Art Center South Campus
870 S. Raymond Ave.
Second Floor Gallery, California  91105
United States
Contact: 626.796.7601

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You made it through the recession and what do you find? A shortage of design professionals. A recent Building Design + Construction (BDC) survey quoted an AEC executive who summarized the problem this way: ”There are [fewer]young people entering the profession, and ... there is an extreme lack of [experienced] people (10+ years). We have no problem hiring college graduates, but keeping them after five years is difficult, and then we start over with a new hire.” So, what is the solution? Over the next three months, AIA P&F Chapter President Michelle Acosta, AIA, is planning three major programs focusing on the staff shortage challenges we face and the development of solutions and strategies to help our members.

This three part series will examine:

- The Creation of the Multi-generational Workplace;

- The value of mentorship

- Creating cultural and ethnic diversity

In part two of our series, The Multi-generational Workplace. Mentoring: A Discussion with Boomers, Gen X, Y, Z, our panel, led by Karen Compton, will explore the dynamics between mentor and mentee. How does that relationship and support work? Does learning go back and forth? Come learn about the value and importance of mentorship and mentoring!

Read this special related article by member Lance Bird, FAIA SEE ARTICLE HERE 

Wednesday, June 15
5:30-6:15pm reception
6:15-8:00pm program

Art Center South Campus
870 S. Raymond Ave.
Second Floor Gallery
Pasadena, 91105

$10 AIA Member pre-registered
$25 Non-AIA Member pre-registered
$15 AIA Member at the door
$30 Non-AIA Member at the door
free student (w/ valid ID)


Karen Compton
Principal , A3K Consulting

Karen Compton has over 15 years of experience in the architecture/engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry, and has served as Director of Business Development and Director of Marketing for small companies, mid-sized, multi-office firms and national and international corporations. Ms. Compton’s focused approach to business development is based on a thorough understanding of the A/E/C environment and needs and expectations of the client. Her integrated approach of business management and business development has resulted in increased revenues of as much as 20% and the alignment of long- and short-term business goals and objectives for a variety of firms. Under the direction of Ms. Compton, A3K Consulting launched Industry Speaks™ in August 2011-- a national, web based platform that allows business to business networking of design professionals and business consultants in a variety of areas including human resources, leadership, finance, marketing, management and legal. An accomplished author, Ms. Compton has been published in a variety of industry publications. Additionally, she has developed and delivered more than 500 hours of course content in the last five years and has been a featured speaker of the American Institute of Architects, PSMJ Resources, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the National Organization of Minority Architects on the subjects of business development and strategic planning. Ms. Compton holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount St. Mary’s College in Chemistry where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Regents; and an Advanced Management Certificate from the University Of Southern California.


Bob Kain, AIA
A3K Consulting, Healthcare Strategist

Bob Kain has over 35 years of experience in the practice of architectural design, construction management, urban planning and public service. Bob holds Bachelor of Science, Architecture from California State University Pomona and is a recognized as an "Expert Witness."



Hector Cruz, LEED AP
HMC Architects

Hector is Managing Principal at HMC Architects. Prior to joining HMC he served as Senior Project Manager at University of Southern California and before that was Principal at HMC Architects. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Southern California and his Master's in Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin.

Rita Carter, AIA
Steinberg Architects

In everything she does, Rita believes in leaving the world a better place through the power of human-centered design. As a designer and humanitarian, she combines her love for design and architecture with her passion for community service, youth education, and leadership development. Rita is an Architect and Senior Designer at Steinberg, and the coordinator for the AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter’s “Disaster Preparedness & Resiliency” Initiative. With over ten years of experience in a variety of residential, educational, civic and corporate projects locally and globally, she brings the holistic human-centered project delivery approach and focuses on developing the client’s visions from idea inception, to design implementation, through to construction completion. She believes project success arises from cultivating personal relationships with her clients through open communication, superior service, and design excellence. Rita received her Master of Science in Advanced Architectural design from Columbia University in the City of New York, and her Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona.



Andrea Cabalo, AIA
AC Martin

Andrea Cabalo is a Senior Associate and Project Director with AC Martin. She has over 20 years of experience managing programmatically complex buildings on college and university campuses in California and Hawaii. Her skills in communication and collaboration have guided teams through many successfully completed projects. Andrea has the unique ability to absorb and retain details discussed during project development which insures the client’s needs are met, and the design intent is realized in the completed work. Andrea’s main strength is team building which gives her the ability to navigate challenging issues to successful outcomes to all involved. Andrea earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Hawaii, and is currently a licensed architect in the State of California and a LEED AP in Building Design + Construction. As a strong advocate licensure, Andrea leads the “areU” committee at AC Martin focusing on supporting licensure, accreditation, certification, and intern development through mentoring.

Remi Yasui, Associate AIA
Walt Disney Imagineering

Remi Yasui is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Architecture and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. She began interning at Walt Disney Imagineering as a 3rd year student in 2013, and continued her internship throughout graduation. Previous work at WDI includes architectural and show set design for Shanghai Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, and Hong Kong Disneyland. Currently, Remi serves as an associate facility designer assisting with the technical design, standards, and specifications for various Disney projects. Remi is working on getting her architecture license under the mentorship and supervision of Richard (Toby) Pugh, FAIA, the executive of the Standards and Specifications Department at Walt Disney Imagineering. So far she has passed her first Architectural Registration Exam (ARE), Construction Documents and Services, and is scheduled to take her second exam, Programming, Planning, and Practice, at the end of this month. She is also working on finishing her Intern Development Program (IDP) hours and intends to get her license as soon as possible.


Richard (Toby) Pugh, FAIA
Walt Disney Imagineering

Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is the design studio for the Theme Parks Division of the Walt Disney Company responsible for designing and constructing all theme parks and attractions at our six theme parks around the world, as well as our cruise ships and hotels. Theme park locations include Anaheim, CA, Orlando, FL, Paris France, Tokyo Japan, Hong Kong China and Shanghai China (opening June 2016). Mr. Pugh has been with Imagineering for over 20 years and currently serves as Executive for Project Standards and Specifications for WDI. Previous work at WDI includes Executive for Specifications, Shanghai Disneyland Resort, Executive for Codes and Standards and Specifications for Carsland and Disney California Adventure overlay projects, Director of Codes and Standards for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, and as lead Project Architect for Disney California Adventure. Prior to coming to WDI, Mr. Pugh was a project architect on a number of nationally recognized projects in New Mexico, Colorado and southern California. He was first registered as an Architect in New Mexico in 1982, and later became registered in California, Florida and Hong Kong. He is a California Certified Access Specialist. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of New Mexico, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hobart College, and is a Vietnam veteran of the United States Air Force.

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