Mentoring and Leadership Seminar: Thoughts for Improving the Practice of Architecture

Mentoring and Leadership Seminar:

Thoughts for Improving the Practice of Architecture

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Wednesday, June 22 @ 12PM

AIA SC Headquarters at 1530 Main Street

$5 (+ convenience fee) registration & lunch

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AIA Greater Columbia will be holding a panel discussion/seminar on mentorship and leadership at the AIA SC Headquarters.  Panelists will be represented both locally, from the greater region and by leaders from outside our profession.  Panelists will answer questions and offer insights in how to be good mentors, what do you get from mentorship, how to choose good mentors and what we, as architects, can do to better our profession through mentorship.  Take this opportunity to come and get inspired!

We encourage you to attend – regardless of whether you are a mentor or are protégé and please encourage your principals, your project architects, your emerging professionals and your interns to join us.

Panelists include:



Michael Allen

 Michael Allen is an Architect with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture. Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Clemson University. He is one of few architecture majors to be a starter on a college football team and earn his architecture degree. Michael was a Greenville Magazine 2011 Best & Brightest honoree and a Diversity Leadership graduate with the Riley Institute. As a past graduate of Leadership SC he is now the incoming Chair of their board of trustees. He is also a board member for Upstate Forever, SC Independent Colleges and Universities, Greenville Technical College Foundation, a City of Greenville Planning Commissioner, and currently serving on the SC Chamber Board. He is a member of the state and national chapters of the American Institute of Architects and at-large member of the National Organization of Minority Architects.  Before a career in architecture, he played semi-professional football in the NAFL and in the Arena Football League for the Grand Rapids Rampage, Quad City Steamwheelers, and the Greenville Rhinos. He is a Fellow of the ninth class of the South Carolina’s Liberty Fellowship and a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.



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Nicholas Burger

Nicholas Burger is an intern architect with 1×1 Design, Inc. located in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. Nicholas earned his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Clemson University and his Master of Architecture from The University of Tennessee. In his final year of his undergraduate studies at Clemson University, Nicholas received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for his service to the College of Art, Architecture, and Humanities. While in his undergraduate and graduate studies, Nicholas was an active member in The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) where he served in a number of leadership roles and attended numerous conferences where he gained valuable insight into the profession. Now a member of the Greater Columbia chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Nicholas sits on the local executive board and serves as the Young Architects Forum (YAF) chair, organizing events and representing the young professionals in the area.


Diana Hardy

Diana M. Hardy, U.S. Army LTC (Ret.)

Ms. Diana Hardy has been describes as a dynamo who is a dedicated and passionate about life and learning.  She hails from the great state of New York and was raised in Harlem. She is a Graduate of the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y) College at Oswego where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education.  There, Diana was commissioned in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) in 1991 as a Second Lieutenant and in 1992 began her military career.  Diana went on to earn a Master of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida in Instructional Systems Technology.  Diana was a member of the Ordnance and Logistic Corps as well as the Human Resources Corps and served in many command and staff positions in and outside of the continental US. Ms. Hardy served our country honorably receiving many awards, ribbons and commendations. After 22 years of active service to the US Army, Diana retired in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Diana is actively involved in several Toastmasters clubs and uses her skills in teaching and communicating to inspire others to reach their goals and become better version of who they are today.


Sam Herrin

 Sam Herin

Sam is a partner and design principal at Stubbs, Muldrow Herin architects.  Picture the proverbial garage studio with mentor Sidney Stubbs, FAIA, newly retired from an influential architectural career and two protégés, Charles Muldrow, AIA LEED AP BD+C and Sam Herin, AIA. This trio banded together to start a new chapter; one that was coming on the heels of Hurricane Hugo’s destruction to historic Charleston and our inspiring South Carolina Lowcountry. Founded on the principles of quality architecture for its place, impeccable client service and a commitment to community, Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects was born.


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Kelly Wuest

Kelly Wuest has served as the Leadership and Service Center Director since February of 2014. In her role, she provides leadership and vision for the center’s staff to provide involvement and engagement opportunities for students that aid in leadership learning and building community connections. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Columbia College in 2006 and a Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina in 2008. Prior to her work here, she worked with the Student Activities Center at Florida State University.






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