Career Services-Architecture

Visit to Mithun, Seattle Road Show. Photo by Martin Padilla.

Architecture graduates are flexible thinkers who find creative solutions, not just to architectural problems, but to a wide variety of challenges. Through their studies, students learn to evaluate, organize, and refine ideas and develop skills to be thoughtful, effective members of society and to become professionals who imagine, envision, design, and build the environment in which we live. Our Career Services office pairs this education with support to the students as they pursue professional and academic opportunities

Students who want to schedule an advising appointment or are interested in learning more about Career Services opportunities in architecture should contact:

Martin Padilla
Assistant Director, Career Development-Architecture
mpadilla@wustl.edu
314.935.4157
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Erika Fitzgibbon
Career Specialist, Architecture
efitzgibbon@wustl.edu
314.935.4157
Read Fitzgibbon's bio>>

View the array of resources available to Architecture students through the Career Center>>

For more information about career opportunities offered by Washington University, visit CAREERlink.

How to work with the Career Services office

1. Make a 1:1 appointment. One-on-one advising helps students crystallize their interests and guides them on how to structure their search while helping to identify and develop the tools to effectively target prospects—whether an internship, job, residency, fellowship, graduate school, or other professional opportunity.

To make a 1:1 appointment, please call the Career Center at 314.935.5930, or stop by our office in 005 Steinberg during our office hours, or follow the directions in this link for online scheduling. Feel free to request a certain advisor, meet with someone new, or ask for a recommendation. You'll probably schedule something for about a week or two in the future. The semester goes by quickly, and we encourage you to schedule appointments with us early.

Wondering what to bring? Just yourself. You can bring more, but you don't need to have any grand plans or specific ideas about what you want to do in the future. Be prepared to share your story so we can learn about you and how we can best help.

What should you expect? Some small talk, some ideas, lots of listening. Advisors are just normal people, and we all love to get to know students. We see ourselves as your coach, and we can help you pursue any possible options, including more education. You're in the driver's seat (we can't do the work for you), but we'll help you along with ideas, suggestions, contacts, and next steps. It won't all get solved in one meeting, so we'll probably offer to schedule a follow-up appointment to check in.

2. Take advantage of Quick Advising. This 15-minute check-in is ideal for a quick review of a resume, edits to a cover letter, portfolio review, or troubleshooting a follow-up strategy with a prospect. Students must have had at least one 1:1 advising appointment to take advantage of these sessions. Sign-up sheets are posted outside our office (005 Steinberg) a few days before the Saturday morning sessions.

3. Attend campus-wide Career Center events, workshops, and other programs
There will be a host of programs dedicated to professional development throughout the school year. These include Road Shows, resume and cover letter workshops, mock interview practice, portfolio development and reviews, and an Architecture + Landscape Architecture Career Fair. There are also events that are focused on networking, digital portfolio presence, and interview development. We will post information on CAREERlink and send e-mail reminders for events.

The main office of the Career Center, located in the DUC, is another resource for Sam Fox School students. The Career Center hosts an all-campus career fair in the fall and spring, in addition to skill-building workshops and other ongoing programs. You can see their schedule online through the Career Center website.

Architecture + Landscape Architecture Career Fair

In addition to the annual University-wide Internship & Job Career Fairs, the Sam Fox School hosts an internship and job fair specifically geared toward the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and design. At this annual spring event, students and recent alumni have the opportunity to meet with top firms and professional and trade organizations, network with employers and faculty, and have their portfolios reviewed by professionals in the field. In recent years, representatives from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Arcturis, ARO, CannonDesign, Elkus Manfredi Architects, EwingCole, Fentress, Forum Studio, HKS, HOK, KieranTimberlake, Perkins+Will, Populous, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), Perkins Eastman, and Trivers Associates have attended the fair. For more information, click here>>

Road Shows

Road Shows are your opportunity to meet with organizations across the country. Each trip focuses on a city and an industry and is open to all Washington University students. You will have the opportunity to meet WashU alumni working and living in the city, as well as tour and meet with select organizations.

Recent Architecture Road Shows have included:

- Chicago, October 17-18, 2016, with visits to Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Gensler, Ross Barney Architects, SOM, Studio Gang Architects, and Valerio Dewalt Train Associates.

- Washington DC, January 14-15, 2016, with visits to Cunningham Quill Architects, EYP Architecture & Engineering, Gensler, Hickok Cole, HKS Architects, Westlake Reed Leskosky, and ZGF.

- Seattle, January 7-8, 2015, with visits to the firms Callison, NBBJ, Prentiss Architects, Olson Kundig Architects, ZGF Architects LLP, and Mithun. View photos>>

- Chicago, January 2014, with visits to Perkins+Will, Gensler, John Ronan Architects, Eckenhoff Saunders Architects, and Studio Gang Architects. View photos>>

- New York, January 7-8, 2013, with visits to the 9/11 Memorial, SHoP Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, BKSK Architects, and SNOHETTA. View photos>>

- San Francisco, with visits to the firms HOK, MWA Architects, SmithGroupJJR, HKIT Architects, and Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM). View photos>>

Design Internship Network

The Design Internship Network is a program that seeks to utilize a network of professional partners to offer a broad range of internship opportunities to students in the College of Architecture & Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design. It is our belief that internship experiences are invaluable to our students' success and competiveness as they seek career options in a challenging and dynamic professional context.

Interested firms or individuals will be matched to current students seeking real-world internship and job-shadowing experiences. To enroll and find out more information, click here.

Job & Internship Placements

A selection of job and internship placements for our current students and recent graduates is listed below. You can also check out the WashU Career Center's Outcome Data Page.

Post-Graduate Landings
HOK
SOM
Perkins+Will
Gensler
CannonDesign
CallisonRTKL
SCDA Architects
Elkus Manfredi Architects
KieranTimberlake
Diller Scofido + Renfro
Davis Brody Bond
CCY Architects
HKS Architects
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Eckenhoff Saunders Architects
ZGF Architects
Mithun
Trivers Associates
Arcturis
Lake Flato
Snohetta
Studio Gang
Olson Kundig

Internships
NBBJ
MASS Design Group
EwingCole
Forum Studio
Fentress
HKS Architects
Clayco
Power Construction
SCDA
Space Architecture + Design
Mackey Mitchell Architects

To learn about current job and internship opportunities, visit CAREERlink.

Career Development

To develop an understanding of the larger context for architecture education and the careers paths available to graduates of accredited degree programs, please refer to the sources listed below.

NCARB information for students
NCARB handbook for AXP
Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture
Emerging Professional's Companion
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
American Planning Association

For more information or to sign up for events, visit careercenter.wustl.edu and click login at the top left. Once you are in CAREERlink, go to the calendar section to RSVP.

Questions? Contact Martin Padilla at mpadilla@wustl.edu