Seattle, WA

The 2021-2022 ACE Mentor Program is coming to a close! Ten teams of students and mentors participated in an roller-coaster of a year, having a combination of virtual, in-person, and hybrid meetings, but ending on a high note all around.

We are thrilled also to be celebrating our 20th Anniversary of the ACE program in Washington state. For 20 years around Puget Sound we have been inspiring students to careers in architecture, engineering, and construction! Be sure to check our social media accounts for statistics, alumni stories, fun facts about our organization, and more. We are planning our 20th Anniversary Celebration, to be held in conjunction with this year’s scholarship event, and we couldn’t be happier about celebrating in person!

About Us

Since 2001, the ACE Mentor Program of Washington has helped around 3,500 students learn all about the architecture, engineering, and construction professions. Are you fascinated by the art of architecture? Are you interested in how buildings withstand earthquakes? Are you intrigued by sustainable “green” building design? Are you wondering how a building can start out as an idea and become reality? Join the ACE program! Our program is free to students, thanks to donations from local firms, mentors, parents, and other supporters. To date, we have also given $984,000 in scholarships to students who pursued A/E/C fields at the university level. During the ACE Mentor Program, teams visit major construction sites, complete projects, and meet bi-monthly at mentor firm offices. Qualifying high school seniors are awarded scholarships and many students remain in touch with industry professionals for continued mentoring with career choices, college and internship applications and future employment opportunities.

Find us on social media! Our pages have exciting industry links, local ACE events, program information, and details on what our teams are up to! Find us at, follow us on Instagram @acementorseattle, and connect with us on LinkedIn at

Project Presentations

Each year the teams are assigned a project. Students and their mentors work diligently preparing for the Final Presentation Night where each team showcases their year-long effort. Over the years, team projects have included a new basketball arena for the Sonics, community centers in South Lake Union, a ski lodge on Steven’s Pass, a new Seattle Aquarium, high-rise towers on Lake Washington and many more.

Presentations for the last two years were pre-recorded, live-streamed in a virtual webcast series, and are now available permanently for viewing on our YouTube channel:

The 2022 Presentation Nights are planned for the end of May.

Presentation night is the culminating event of the ACE program and it is always incredible to see what the students accomplished during the year.

The Tuesday night Presentation Event on May 24 is the
only event being streamed and recorded. Please join us!

See ZOOM link for event from 6-7:30 PM:

See PROGRAM for event:
Download pdf

Student Scholarships

The ACE Mentor Program of Washington has a strong student scholarship program which has awarded $984,000 since its inception in Washington state in 2001. We are thrilled to announce that this year, for our 20th Anniversary, we will hit the $1 million mark for scholarships awarded. This is a magnificent milestone and one we are incredibly proud of!

Scholarship applicants should SAVE THE DATE of June 8, 2022. If you are selected for an award, you will be personally contacted and encouraged to attend. This year’s event will not be streamed or available for virtual viewing.

The last two events, for 2020 and 2021, were virtual events and are still available on our YouTube page for viewing.

Support the ACE Mentor Program

DONATE today and help ACE MENTOR OF WASHINGTON continue to offer this vibrant program FREE OF CHARGE, to all interested students. The average cost of the program per student, per year is $250.00. Your support will insure program viability and enhance the future of the industry. It’s easy! Click on the DONATE button to the right of this page for a secure link via PAYPAL. Thank you for supporting the fastest growing mentoring programs in the building industry.


Angela Gottula

Executive Director
ACE Mentor Program of Washington
PO Box 6248
Edmonds, WA  98026

Rob Widmeyer
LMN Architects
801 2nd Avenue, Suite 501
Seattle, WA  98104

Pete Maslenikov
Vice President
Skanska USA
221 Yale Ave N #400
Seattle, WA 98109
(p) 206-726-8000

Sarah Holstedt
Vice President
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2400
Seattle, WA 98101
(p) 206-623-4646

Mentors and Sponsors

Thanks to our many mentoring firms that helped us this past year in making our affiliate such a success.
View our list of mentoring firms.

Board of Directors

Our board is comprised of local industry leaders who make a significant contribution to our chapter. We are grateful for their continuing support.
View our board members.

More Information

Articles of Incorporation
EIN: 20-2238314

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If you’d like to experience ACE’s challenges, opportunities and rewards for yourself, contact us today!