The Chicago ACE Mentor Program and Associate Board of Directors is happy to announce two scholarship opportunities offered exclusively to ACE Chicago Alumni: our annual ACE Alumni Scholarship and the Eli W. Cohen Scholarship. See further details below regarding the award, eligibility and the application process.

Both awards are offered to encourage excellence at post-secondary levels and to bridge our support of ACE students from high school graduation to an eventual career in the design or construction industry. Applicants will be assessed by the ACE Chicago Associate Board of Directors and will be based on the following criteria:

  • Outstanding performance in the student’s chosen ACE-related education track
  • Compelling personal character
  • Demonstration of leadership within scholastic and/or extracurricular activities
  • Organization and presentation of the student’s application

Annual ACE Alumni Scholarship

  • Sponsored by the ACE Associate Board
  • One-time $2,000 scholarship
  • Eligibility: Chicago ACE alumni seeking a degree in the fields of Architecture, Construction, Engineering, or related disciplines at the undergraduate or graduate level. Qualified applicants must have completed at least 1 year of post-secondary education.

Eli W. Cohen Scholarship

  • Sponsored by the family of Eli W. Cohen, a renowned structural engineer who helped forge the Chicago skyline and founded the consulting firm that eventually became Thornton Tomasetti. The Cohen family will participate in the selection of the scholarship recipient.
  • Recurring $2,000 award paid annually for max of 3 years until graduation.
  • Eligibility: Chicago alumni pursuing an engineering degree. Qualified applicants must have completed at least 1 year of post-secondary education.

Applicants interested in one or both of these scholarships must email the below documents for consideration by October 23, 2017 to 0R3475_.72zj7pt14alglxi6@u.box.com. Once you send your attachments to this address they will be automatically uploaded to our system and you should receive a confirmation email.

  • Resume and cover letter, including the dates of enrollment in the ACE program
  • Personal statement reflecting on your experiences in the ACE program and highlighting your commitment to the design and/or construction industries (approx. 1-2 typed pages)
  • Official transcript(s) reflecting coursework through Spring 2017
  • Letter of recommendation written by an employer, teacher, mentor or other person familiar with your collegiate or professional work (letter should be either emailed directly to the Associate Board email or sealed/signed & mailed, and may not be written by a member of the ACE Board)
  • Please indicate if you are interested in the ACE Alumni Scholarship, the Eli W. Cohen scholarship or both.

Recommendation letters can be sent directly by the author (from their email address) to the above address OR acechicagoalumni@gmail.com, OR mailed to:

ACE Alumni Scholarship

c/o Katrina Fernandez Nova

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

111 West Monroe Street, Suite 2300

Chicago, IL 60603

We look forward to receiving your application! Please contact us at acechicagoalumni@gmail.com with any questions.

Sincerely,

ACE Chicago Associate Board of Directors

The Chicago ACE Mentor Program and Associate Board of Directors is happy to announce two scholarship opportunities offered exclusively to ACE Chicago Alumni: our fifth annual ACE Alumni Scholarship and the Eli W. Cohen Scholarship. See further details below regarding the award, eligibility and the application process.

Both awards are offered to encourage excellence at post-secondary levels and to bridge our support of ACE students from high school graduation to an eventual career in the design or construction industry. Applicants will be assessed by the ACE Chicago Associate Board of Directors and will be based on the following criteria:

  • Outstanding performance in the student’s chosen ACE related track
  • Compelling personal character
  • Demonstration of leadership within scholastic and/or extracurricular activities
  • Organization and presentation of the student’s application

Seventh Annual ACE Alumni Scholarship

  • Sponsored by the ACE Associate Board
  • One-time $2,000 scholarship
  • Eligibility: ACE alumni seeking a degree in the fields of Architecture, Construction, Engineering, or related disciplines at the undergraduate or graduate level. Qualified applicants must have completed at least 1 year of post-secondary education.

Eli W. Cohen Scholarship

  • Sponsored by the family of Eli W. Cohen, a renowned structural engineer who helped forge the Chicago skyline and founded the consulting firm that eventually became Thornton Tomasetti. The Cohen family will participate in the selection of the scholarship recipient.
  • Recurring $2,000 award paid annually for max of 3 years until graduation
  • Eligibility: Chicago alumni pursuing an engineering degree.Qualified applicants must have completed at least 1 year of post-secondary education.

Applicants interested in one or both of these scholarships must submit the following documents for consideration by September 9, 2016 to:

ACE Alumni Scholarship
c/o Stacy Horan
Sargent & Lundy
55 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603

In addition to the hard copy submission, please send an electronic copy to ACEChicagoalumni@gmail.com

  • Resume and cover letter, including the dates of enrollment in the ACE program
  • Personal statement reflecting on your experiences in the ACE program and
    highlighting your commitment to the design and/or construction industries
    (approx. 1-2 typed pages)
  • Official transcript(s) reflecting coursework through Spring 2016
  • Letter of recommendation written by an employer, teacher, mentor or other
    person familiar with your collegiate or professional work (letter should be
    sealed/signed & confidential, and may not be written by a member of the ACE
    Board)
  • Additional items, such as architectural portfolios should not be submitted and will not be reviewed
  • Please indicate if you are interested in the ACE Alumni Scholarship, the
    Eli W. Cohen scholarship or both.

We look forward to receiving your application! Please contact us at ACEChicagoalumni@gmail.com with any questions.

Sincerely,

ACE Chicago Associate Board of Directors

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ACE is seeking two students who have an interest in design, construction, and community development to assist with this year’s summer program. The collegiate assistants will fully participate in the summer Workshop as both a team member and teaching assistant. It is expected that the selected candidates will help motivate and lead the students through the design-build process, while also assisting the instructors with organizational or administrative tasks.

To be eligible for this position, the candidate must have completed at least 1 year of the ACE Mentor Program and be currently enrolled in a collegiate architecture, construction, or engineering program. There are no further restrictions. Architectural or structural design ability, construction experience, familiarity with 2D and 3D drafting programs, and prior leadership experience are highly desirable; however, it is not expected that one candidate possess an expertise in all areas.

Teaching Assistantships Application Instructions

Interested students should email resume and cover letter with the subject ACE DESIGN BUILD DIRECTORS to acementorchicago@gmail.com by Monday, April 18, 2016. The cover letter, in addition to highlighting past experience, should include current contact information and provide the year/number of the candidate’s former ACE team. In appreciation for your participation, ACE will provide a one-time college scholarship paid directly to you, for college related expenses such as books and supplies. Award amount will be $2,500.

 

ACE_CBCcheckWe’d like to send a very special thank you to the Chicago Building Congress for their support of ACE Mentor Chicago. The CBC raised a $5,000 donation by selling out their 2015 Golf Classic!

ACE Chicago Board Vice Chair Steve Siegle had the pleasure of accepting a $5,000 donation from the Chicago Building Congress​, presented by CBC President Paul Hellmer of Krez Group. We’re so grateful to our friends at CBC for their continued support of Chicago ACE Mentor Program.

Thank you!

For more information on the Chicago Building Congress visit the website here.

The annual ACE Alumni Scholarship and the Eli W. Cohen Scholarship will be awarded to two students who have exhibited outstanding academic performance, compelling personal character and an ongoing commitment to ACE’s mission to inform and excite high school students about career opportunities in the ACE fields. Both awards are offered to encourage excellence at post-secondary levels and to bridge our support of ACE students from high school graduation to an eventual career in the design or construction industry. See further details below regarding each award, eligibility and the application process.

Eli W. Cohen Scholarship

  • Sponsored by the family of Eli W. Cohen, a renowned structural engineer who helped shape the Chicago skyline and founded the consulting firm that eventually became Thornton Tomasetti. The Cohen family will participate in the selection of the scholarship recipient.
  • Recurring $2,000 award paid annually for a maximum of 3 years until graduation
  • Eligibility: Chicago alumni pursuing an engineering degree. Qualified applicants must have completed at least 1 year of post-secondary education.

ACE Alumni Scholarship

  • Sponsored by the ACE Associate Board
  • One-time $2,500 scholarship
  • Eligibility: Chicago ACE alumni seeking a degree in the field of Architecture, Construction, Engineering, or related disciplines at the undergraduate or graduate level. Qualified applicants must have completed at least 1 year of post-secondary education.

Applicants interested in one or both of these scholarships must submit the following documents for consideration by Tuesday, June 30, 2015 to acechicagoalumni@gmail.com with the subject heading “ACE Alumni Scholarship 2015”:

  • Resume and cover letter, including the dates of enrollment in the ACE program
  • Personal statement reflecting on your experiences in the ACE program and highlighting your commitment to the design and/or construction industries (approx. 1-2 typed pages)
  • Official transcript(s) reflecting coursework through Spring 2015
  • Letter of recommendation written by an employer, teacher, mentor or other person familiar with your collegiate or professional work (letter should be sealed/signed & confidential, and may not be written by a member of the ACE Executive or Associate Board)
  • Additional items, such as architectural portfolios should not be submitted and will not be reviewed.
  • Please indicate if you are interested in the ACE Alumni Scholarship, the Eli W. Cohen scholarship or both, if eligible.

Hard copies of transcripts and/or references should be mailed to:ACE Alumni Scholarship

c/o Jessica Hogue
GREC Architects
645 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 300
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Questions? Email us at acechicagoalumni@gmail.com.

Congratulations to Chicago ACE Mentor Program’s Team 1 on winning the 2015 CIRT/ ACE National Competition with their “Park City” Project.   Team 1’s win marks Chicago’s first ACE National Competition win and cash prize for the Chicago ACE Mentor Program.  Team 1 was one of only of three teams selected to compete in the finals in Washington DC on Monday, April 27.

“The quality and level of the entries were the strongest they have ever been in the nine year history of the competition, making the job of the judges all that more difficult,” commented CIRT President Mark Casso.

Team 1 is particularly grateful to their sponsoring firms – ArcadisClune ConstructionGilbaneSargent & Lundy, and VOA who provided the funding to enable the students to travel to the competition.

Way to go Team 1.  Thank you for your hard work and great representation of ACE Chicago!

Follow the Chicago ACE Mentor Program’s FacebookTwitter, and Instagram accounts using the hashtags #CIRT and #ACENationalCompetition to see highlights from Team 1’s day in Washington DC!

AttentASLAFlyer1stCharette-page-0ion ACE students and alum!  There will be a charette on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9 am-1 pm at Curie Metro High School to plan their new courtyard!

The Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), in partnership with the ACE Mentor Program and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is in the early stages of designing a plaza at Curie Metropolitan High School.

The Curie Courtyard Project includes the redesign of an underutilized space for students in a school on the southwest
side of Chicago. The Curie Courtyard Project was selected because it presents a unique opportunity for both Curie and ACE Mentorship students to collaborate together and develop design solutions for a challenging space that is visibleto over 3,000 students, staff and visitors daily.

The Curie Courtyard Project will give students of the ACE Mentorship Program the chance to give back to the school
that has hosted past design workshops and events for their other projects over the years. ASLA volunteers will hold
multiple design charrettes, coordinate the efforts of volunteering partners throughout the
City, and educate the students about the landscape architecture process, from concept
development through installation.

To participate: RSVP to chiannualmtglegacy@gmail.com 

Address: Room 336A, 4959 S. Archer Ave., Chicago
Parking: Pulaski Parking Lot
Enter through Door #4 – NW Pulaski Doors
CTA: Accessible from the Pulaski Organge Line stop and buses 53A and 62

 

Our meeting this week started with a presentation on Construction Management. Mentors from Lend Lease described each facet of the profession, including safety, estimating, cost control, scheduling, and project close out. Following the presentation, the students broke into two groups for a scavenger hunt activity. Each team was given a series of questions that had to be answered by searching through a set of construction drawings for an active project in Chicago.

The main exercise of the evening focused on site analysis. The students separated into their teams from week 6 and reviewed the site analysis previously completed. The teams discussed the diagrams that had been drawn, with the goal of highlighting the positive elements of their site. Mentors aided the teams in organizing their thoughts and key elements for each site. The teams then presented their site to the room and voted as a group on the preferred project site.

After careful deliberation, the votes were tallied, with Team 2 and Downtown Loop site as the winner.

The group then separated into four teams, set up during the bubble diagramming exercise in week 2, and explored the project site in more detail. Using the bubble diagrams completed previously, each team explored the project site using their organizational concept. This activity will continue next week with the ultimate goal of each team presenting their concept to a guest critic in a few weeks.

College Night…Resumes…What to expect…


“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

–Nora Roberts


 

Week 6 was held at Gilbane and we learned a lot about College and what the different majors entail and what colleges cater to different interests…seemed to be alot of interest in architectural engineering as a middle ground between choosing architecture or engineering. Each field of study gave us a new perspective about a possibly excellent college experience!

Activity of the Day: Get advice about your resumes, college experiences, portfolios, job interviews etc. A mini college fair. Then we finally got to hear about our new competition project to revitalize a site in the city.

THANKS Gilbane for the hosting!

I hope everyone had a great holidays and a happy new years!!!!

Important Files:
ACE_HowToBeAnArchitect
2015_CIRT Design Competition Package

Next Meeting:
VOA Associates Incorporated
224 South Michigan Suite 1400 Floor 14
5 – 7 PM

 

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  • What was the best advice that you received during our last meeting at college night? Is there something that you wished we would have talked about?