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The BSA Emerging Professionals Network (EPNet) is an active social and professional network. Geared specifically toward recent graduates, Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™) participants, young architects, designers, and other design/build professionals, EPNet hosts tours, presentations, firm visits, and other programs. It hosts regular planning meetings, which all interested professionals are encouraged to attend, and a number of programs throughout the year. Annual programs include: the Winter Warmer, a mixer for emerging professionals across AEC disciplines; a spring bootcamp series in several parts drilling down on a single theme of professional development;  and Leadership Lunches, the opportunity to visit area firms in small groups for conversation with principals and firm leadership. Anyone building their AEC career is welcome to join, connect, and contribute.

Keep the conversation going on social media! @BSAAIA #EPNet

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Committee Chairs
Gabriela Baierle AIA /
Christopher Moyer Assoc. AIA /
The Emerging Professionals Network is part of the Professional Communities Commission.

Upcoming Events

May 22, 2019 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

*CANCELED* The EPNet Grad Party has been canceled. We will hold a social event on June 20 instead. Please check back for more details.

The BSA Emerging Professionals Network (EPNet) invites the class of 2019 and other emerging professionals to its grad party at BSA Space, home to the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA/AIA)!

Grads-to-be: Add this to your list of end-of-year events! This is another chance to celebrate with your classmates—plus a chance to network with grads from other architecture schools (the Boston area has six of them!) and to meet emerging professionals already working in the AEC industry.

Emerging professionals: You’re invited, too! Our annual Winter Warmer is always such a hit, we wanted to provide another networking opportunity for emerging professionals in Boston’s AEC and design community. Join the party and bring your colleagues.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Past Events

May 13, 2019 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Success Teams offer the opportunity to learn from and share with your peers and future colleagues. Formed at quarterly kickoffs, teams are largely self-structured. Teams coordinate meeting times and locations and study together, sharing resources and tips, and keeping each other on track. Each member pledges to meet with and support their team members through the completion of their exam series. A library of both Brightwood (formerly Kaplan) 5.0 study materials is available at the BSA/AIA offices for team members to borrow.

Pre-registration is required for this event.

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May 7, 2019 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you thinking about the future of your career but having trouble visualizing it? Does the path to Principal seem too long to plan for?

Join the Emerging Professionals Network (EPNet) to learn more about what the transition from "emerging" to "mid-career" professional might look like. A panel of mid-career professionals (those with ten to 15 years of experience) will speak candidly about the steps they took to advance their positions, the challenges they faced, and the opportunities they created within their firms and their extracurricular activities.

Come prepared with questions to ask the moderated panel, and look forward to networking before and after the discussion. 

Toni Loiacano AIA
senior vice president, CannonDesign

Emily Paparella AIA
vice president, Elkus Manfredi Architects

Jared Ramsdell AIA
associate, Touloukian Touloukian

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March 29, 2019 (All day)

The Emerging Professionals Network (EPNet) seeks both mentors and mentees to pilot a new mentorship program this year.

This program aims to:

  • Provide the structure for meaningful mentorship relationships to take shape
  • Support the growth of emerging professionals
  • Encourage design professionals at all stages of their careers to exchange ideas with people at different levels
  • Empower emerging professionals to be active participants in the act of mentoring

The application deadline is Friday, March 29 at 11:59 PM.

The program connects each mentee with five mentors. Throughout the five-month program, each mentor-mentee match will meet once. At the end of five months, you will have begun a relationship with one, a few, or all of the people you’ve met.

Once paired, each mentee should contact their mentors to coordinate a time and a place for their meeting. The setting is up to each pair: lunch, coffee, office visit, or any other casual and appropriate outing that both mentor and mentee agree on.

After the program ends, it is up to each participant to build upon the foundation set by the initial meeting.

Time commitment:

  • One mandatory two-hour kickoff on Monday, April 22
  • One meeting per month, for five months = five meetings total
  • One two-hour wrap-up event in September

Because this program is a pilot, we are only able to accept 15 mentors and 15 mentees. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance the first week of April. All participants must attend the FeedBack Kickoff on Monday, April 22.

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March 28, 2019 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This session gives emerging professionals the opportunity to hear from a panel of those experienced in recruiting talent. Panelists will speak about the values that guide firms’ hiring decisions and the skills they seek most in new hires. Following the panel, there will be time for discussion and a question and answer session.

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February 28, 2019 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Emerging Professionals Winter Warmer returns in 2019 for an evening of interdisciplinary merrymaking!

The Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) Emerging Professionals Network (EPNet) invites their friends and colleagues to this always popular annual get-together for emerging professionals across the AEC and design fields. Meet colleagues and future collaborators, and learn more about upcoming professional programming for 2019!

Complimentary light snacks will be served. Drink tickets are limited; they will be given to those who register and arrive early.

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