Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program is two new initiatives, student mentorship and professional mentorship, to facilitate conversations, provide guidance and open up new opportunities to students.

Mentoring is a critical component of a healthy studio culture. After a successful pilot program in 2023, the Architecture Program is hosting two mentorship initiatives open to all undergraduate and graduate students in 2024: Student Mentorship and Professional Mentorship. The principles of this program start with a shared understanding of mutual respect, a collaborative attitude, enthusiastic critique and the necessity to value one another’s unique perspectives. This program attempts to more effectively structure a positive mentorship culture, building on decades of tradition at the University of Maryland.

In the Professional Mentorship Program, students are paired with a professional mentor for one-on-one mentorship, for one semester. Professional designers and architecture-adjacent practitioners from local, national and international firms and universities have been generous enough to volunteer their time to speak directly with students. Over the course of a semester, students built a bond with a new mentor that can open new doors for them as they look beyond their time at UMD. Topics of discussion range from how to navigate architecture school, career opportunities, design conversation, portfolio critique and current trends in the design field. Much of this program is virtual and meetings occur every two weeks.

In the Student Mentorship Program, students support one another in a mentorship pod, consisting of a graduate student leader and undergraduate students at different levels of their education. This program allows students to meet one another in a safe and create new connections that might not have otherwise occurred without this structure. Graduate students and upperclassmen offer guidance to underclassmen, and help build a sustained culture of mentorship and comradery. 



See the lists of participants in the accordions below.



Ken Filler -
Megan Bugbee (GA) -

Fall 2023 Participants:

Design Professional 


Adam Louie

Amazon Web Services

Adam Nadolny

Poznan University of Technology

Alexandra A Paintsil

WDG Architecture

Alexandra Atienza


Alia Abu-Douleh


Alice Mulongo

Michael Marshall Design

Allie Carlson

Ayers Saint Gross

Amber Robbs


Andrew Mazer

Perkins Eastman

Austin Benham

Gannett Fleming

Austin Raimond

Perkins Eastman

Benjamin Ripley


Brit Gamewell


Bryan Samuel

Olson Kundig

Cale Ambuehl

Teass Warren Architects

Daniel Cartagena

Torti Gallas + Partners

Danielle Abe

Hord Coplan Macht

Danilo Rubio

Uribe Schwarzkopf

David Otieno

Torti Gallas + Partners

Elena Romero

Axis Architects

Eric Bos

Ayers Saint Gross

Erik Lima


Gabriel Maslen

Politecnico di Milano

Gina Fernandes

NCSU Phd Student

Herber Andres Beltran


Jamé Anderson

Smith Group

James Jesmer


Jason Fawcett

Howard County Government

Jeannine Muller Otieno

Perkins Eastman

Jenna Pye


Jennifer Chorosevic

Lake Flato Architects

Jessie Storaska


Joanna Schmickel

CGS Architects / AIA|DC

John David Martinez

Moore Architects

Josh Kilian


Juan Porta


Juanita Li

Ayers Saint Gross

Khondaker Hasibul Kabir

Co.Creation.Architects + Department of Architecture, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Kumi Wickramanayaka

Wiencek + Associates

Kyle Huck

Soto Architecture & Urban Design

Laura Wolf

Niles Bolton Associates

Lauren Tuttle


Logan King


Lolu Akinbobola

WDG Architecture

Lubna Chaudhry

The Neighborhood Design Center

Maggie Kleinman

Gensler NY

Maria Shahatit

Jordan University of Science and Technology

Martina Reilly

Moseley Architects

Matthew Bender

Eric Colbert & Associates

Mikaela Wynne

Perkins Eastman

Nicholas DiBella

Miner Feinstein Architects

Nico Clarke

Moody Nolan, Howard University

Nisha Sinha


Ren Southard

Baltimore City Department of Planning, AIA Baltimore, Urban Design Committee, Ren.So Design

Robert A. Stanton

Torti Gallas and Partners

Robert Kuentzel

The Miller Hull Partnership

Roberto Fabbri

Zayed University (UAE)

Sarah Gilloran

DLR Group

Sarah Wassel

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners

Sheinya Joseph

Torti Gallas + Partners

Shrudi Raveendran

WDG Architecture

Steve Correll

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Sylvia Kornecki

School of Architecture Design and Urbanism University of Buenos Aires

Thomas Masino

Page Southerland Page

Tom Lenar

Clark Construction / AIA|DC

Tooba Jalal

Cooper Robertson

Ula Merie

University of Babylon

Vincenza Perla

University of Maryland

Wadiah Akbar

Quinn Evans Architects

Yan Konan

Robert M. Gurney Architect

Spring 2023 Participants


Design Professional 

Current Position + Affiliation

António Carvalho, PhD, Architect

Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at POLIMI-Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Jeffrey Luker, AIA, LEED AP

Principal, Quinn Evans

Lauren Tuttle

AICP Urban Planner, AECOM

Khondaker Hasibul Kabir

Architect Principal Architect, Co.Creation.Architects, Bangladesh. Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, BRAC University, Bangladesh.

Ula Merie, PhD

Ph.D. History and Theory of Architecture l FHEA Department of Architecture College of Engineering I University of Babylon

Elena Romero

AICP CEO/Owner, Axis Architects

Daniel Cartagena

Architect Associate at Torti Gallas + Partners

Roberto Fabbri, PhD

Architect Associate Professor, Zayed University (UAE)

Ren Southard, AIA

Baltimore City Department of Planning , Design Planner II

Lonna Babu, AIA, NOMA, NCARB

Associate, Project Architect - Ayers Saint Gross

Andrea Lucas, AIA, NCARB

Founder, TEKTURA Studio

Bushra B Obeidat, PhD, EDAC, WELL

Jordan University of Science and Technology, Assistant Professor

Matthew Bender, AIA, NCARB

Eric Colbert & Associates, Architect

Jessie Storaska, AIA, LEED

GA Project Manager, Associate Principal at ZGF

Adam Nadolny, PhD

Associate Professor in History of Architecture and Heritage, Poznan University of Technology, Poland

Sylvia Kornecki, Architect

School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism. University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Adjunct assistant teacher

Matthew Lee, AIA LEED AP

Managing Principal and Owner at Lee Design Studio

Juan Porta, WELL, LEEP BD+C Candidate

Associate Principal at ZGF

Logan King

M.Arch Student, MIT

Thomas Masino, RA, NCARB

Page Southerland Page, Project Architect / Associate

John David Martinez, AIA, NCARB

Associate, Project Architect, Muse Kirwan Architects


Associate, Soto Architecture & Urban Design

Allie Carlson, AIA

Senior Associate Architect, Ayers Saint Gross

Laurie Stubb, AIA

Principal at Place, Inc.

Gina Fernandes, Assoc. AIA, Assoc. NOMA, LEED GA

PhD in Design Student at NCSU

Davida Ammah, AGIA

Associate Architect, S. Tetteh and Associates, Ghana

Martina Reilly, AIA, LEED BD+C

Senior Associate at Moseley Architects

Laura Wolf, AIA

Senior Project Architect, Niles Bolton

Nicholas DiBella, LEED

Architectural Designer at Miner Feinstein Architects

Chimi Chimi Lecturer,

Architecture Dept, Royal University of Bhutan
Jamé Anderson Vice President | National Cultural Practice Director, Smith Group

Jordan Blacker, Assoc. AIA, RIBA

Architectural Designer RIBA, Assoc AIA at Torti Gallas

Bryan Samuel

Architectural Staff at Olson Kundig

Christine Proudfoot, Assoc. AIA

Square 134 Architects - Associate

Scott Cornelius

Torti Gallas + Partners, architectural designer

Gabriel Maslen

Politecnico di Milano, Laurea Magistrale of Architecture and Urban Design

Cale Ambuehl

Architectural Designer, Teass Warren Architects

Robert Kuentzel, AIA

Architect at Miller Hull, Seattle

Andrew Mazer

Architecture Designer, Perkins Eastman

Kumi Wickramanayaka, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C

Project Architect, Wiencek + Associates | Architects + Planners

James Jesmer, LEED GA

AECOM - Architecture Designer II

Sarah Wassel

Architectural Designer, Beyer Blinder Belle

Yongming Chen, PhD

Associate Professor of Architecture, South China University of Technology

W Kevin Wyllie, Architect

Studio Lecturer, University of Maryland, WKW Architect PC

Alia Abu-Douleh

CannonDesign, Associate

Nico Clarke

Howard University MArch Candidate, Project Manager VSW CO.