The League Mentorship

A program that fosters student–mentor relationships between architecture students and practicing architects and designers in New York City.

The League’s mentorship program fosters student–mentor relationships between practicing architects and designers in New York and architecture students from City Tech and CCNY.

The League Mentorship is made possible by architect and designer mentors who commit to meeting with participating students from the New York City College of Technology (City Tech) and the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York (CCNY) to share professional experiences and offer guidance as students prepare for a career in architecture. The program brings together students and practicing professionals who share similar interests.

The League Mentorship:

  • Prepares architecture students for professional life after college
  • Creates an opportunity for professional architects to share their expertise with a new generation of aspiring practitioners
  • Provides realistic career expectations to students
  • Fosters connection between professionals and students of diverse social, economic, and cultural backgrounds
  • Increases awareness of the range of opportunities in architectural practice

About the City College of New York

Established in Manhattan in 1847 as the nation’s first municipal public college, the City College of New York (CCNY) prides itself on enabling social change, propelling generation after generation of students and their descendants up the ladder of economic mobility. The student body of approximately 16,000 is comprised of students from 153 countries who speak 100 languages.

CCNY’s Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has a mission to create a “just, sustainable, and imaginative future for a rapidly urbanizing planet.” Spitzer’s student body numbers approximately 450, with the most students in the five-year BArch program, which is followed by the three-year MArch I program (both NAAB-accredited). With a rigorous foundation in the core competencies of building design, history, theory, and technology, as well as an emphasis on agile thinking, these programs aim to educate the next generation of innovators redefining the role of the architect in the twenty-first century.

About New York City College of Technology

New York City College of Technology’s Architectural Technology program, the only one of its kind in the CUNY system, focuses on all aspects of design, documentation, and construction of building projects.

The program includes a four-year baccalaureate degree (BTech) program and an associate degree (AAS) program. It was recently granted initial candidacy status by the NAAB for a five-year BArch degree. Graduates of the program work in a variety of positions for private firms and public agencies.

Mentorship guidelines

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League Mentor application 2020-2021

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are now closed.

Please make note that due to Covid-19, meetings will be virtual for at least the first semester if not the entire length of the program. As a group, mentors and mentees will meet via Zoom. Individually, mentor-mentee pairs can choose to meet using any virtual communications tools, however video-conferencing is recommended.


The Student Program

Encouraging the development of architecture students by introducing them to interesting firms and young, dynamic individuals.

The Deborah J. Norden Fund

An annual competition that awards travel grants to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies