Mentorship Highlight: Molly + Ken

06 Jan 2022 10:22 AM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)

Molly, Mentee (pictured on left)

  • What were you looking for in the mentorship? I initially signed up for the mentorship program hoping to learn more about the architecture field and specifically green/sustainable design. I am studying architecture history and environmental studies at UCSB and was hoping to see how those areas crossover and experience what it is like to actually work in an architecture office. My main goal was to see first-hand what a career in this field would look like and if this is a career path that I might be interested in, which it has successfully done and I am very interested in pursuing architecture after I graduate.  
  • What have you been discussing that excites you? I have mainly been working in the library as a volunteer at Appleton Architects and I have gotten the opportunity to look through many different architecture publications, which have exposed me to types of design and architects that I have previously not been familiar with. This is very exciting to me because I am able to see a whole new side of architecture that I didn't know existed and be introduced to new styles and architects, which just furthers my interest in the subject.  
  • What is your favorite part about being a mentee? My favorite part of being a mentee is being able to spend time in a real architectural office and gain hands-on experience by talking with people who have made a career out of architecture and have years of experience, which is something I was unable to do just attending architecture lectures in school. So I really value being able to spend time in an environment surrounded by architectural work and people who have the same interests as I do and are eager to help me learn more about the field.  

Ken, Mentor (pictured on right)"It's been a delight mentoring Molly Cunningham, who is finishing up her last year at UCSB. It’s been a pleasure getting to know her and exciting to hear her interest in green design – Building Sustainably. My goal is to give her the ability to take what she acquired from school and get a sense of what the physical aspects are like working in a firm that has been around since 1975. Our PR Administrator, Nicholis handles our archive and library here at Appleton Partners and he’s been so generous to share some of the tasks that I hope will help Molly along her expanding educational path. Whether it’s in architecture or not, I’m very happy to help in some way.”


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