The catalyst for 5x5x5, a mentorship initiative of AIA Honolulu, was a lack of available networking and leadership opportunities for the chapter’s younger members. Veteran architects wanted not only to engage novices but also to promote AIA membership to students and associate members. They envisioned 5x5x5 as a pipeline of future leaders in the architecture community. The program has become a model emulated by other AIA chapters around the country. We talked with Jen Toba-Davila, AIA, and her mentor Rod Nagao about the power of mentorship to transform careers.
Jen Tabo-Davila, AIA, and her mentor Rod Nagao
Photo by Mark Kushimi