On May 16th,  BOLD is thrilled to welcome Dantes Ha, Architect at HGA as our guest speaker! He will share with us his research on mentorship and how we can better mentorship in the architecture/design industry. 

If you have had professional experience, please spend 2 minutes completing this survey on mentorship to help with the research! https://forms.office.com/r/uAf7TVQaJi



Dantes Ha is an emerging architect with a strong commitment to community advocacy and design innovation. Holding a degree in philosophy and a master’s in architecture, both from the University of Minnesota, Dantes combines a unique blend of philosophical depth with architectural vision. Dantes serves as 2024 President of the St. Paul chapter of AIA Minnesota, demonstrating leadership and dedication to advancing the architectural profession.



Location: HGA
420 N 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401 


Time:  5:00 – 6:30 PM

5:00 – 5:30 PM: HGA tour
5:30 – 6:15 PM: Presentation + Q&A
6:15 – 6:30 PM: Wrap up


Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

See you there!


What is BOLD?

Building Outstanding Leaders in Design by people of color for people of color matters. A mentorship program that addresses these nuances and shared experiences of the BIPOC design community. By creating strong leaders of color within the architecture and design industry will change the trajectory of the profession.



To provide mentorship for designers of color by designers of color so that they may excel in leadership and create a strong community as they grow in their careers. IIDA Northland, in partnership with MSP NOMA, is pleased to announce the B.O.L.D. (Building Outstanding Leaders in Design) mentorship program.  

Mission Statement

Diversity in all aspects is good.  By creating strong leaders of color within the architecture and design industry we will change the trajectory of the architecture and design and create local changes that will ultimately lead to global impacts and spaces that are built for everyone and inclusive and safe for all.


We invite our members and design partners currently working in any field of Interior Design, Architecture, Engineering, Real Estate or Construction to apply for this uniquely designed mentorship program.

Program Information

Professional mentorship program for Interior Designers, Architects, Engineers or other professionals in the commercial and design industry.  Applicants must be IIDA or NOMA members

>  1 Year Commitment
>  Mentorship Pairs based on goals not age or design experience
>  Meetings consist of

• Speakers/Presentation
• Group Meetings with 1:1 Mentorship Breakouts
• Round Table Discussions
• Interactive Group Activities/Outdoor Picnics.

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We do not accept unsolicited requests for financial support and will determine and announce program opportunities as they are available.

Questions? Email educationfund@iida-northland.org