Of the projects I have been involved in I have always cared the most about projects where I am mentoring, teaching, and supporting over those where I am solely producing. In high school this love of teaching began when I was the head tutor for the Soar to Success program, a tutoring program for students with learning disabilities. I went on to lead numerous focus groups across the lower mainland of British Columbia which were aimed at increasing student engagement in the classroom. After entering SFU and later completing the IAT 233 as a student I was thrilled to be asked by professor Russell Taylor to come back on numerous occasions to mentor younger students. The course takes students on a three day field school / design charette to Seattle, Washington, USA, where students design their own buildings for the first time. I have played a key role in mentoring students for the past five trips down to Seattle, acting as one of five group leads tasked to move the group of 90 students through the city and teach them about architecture and urbanism.
In the spring semester of 2012 I was the Teaching Assistant for the course and I was thrilled each week to work one-on-one with students who generally have very little design background. Instead of doing one project I got to be indirectly involved with 10 very different projects each week. Over the course of four months I helped teach students to understand graphic design grammar as an introduction to architecture. They then completed precedent studies on architects and their projects, making mass models using hot-wire foam cutters and finally finished digital models. This led to the design of a pavilion in Seattle that straddled the lines between architecture and landscape architecture.