Alumni Spotlights

The strongest testimony to the value of our programs is the success of our alumni. From founding their own practices like HOK, to starting their own furniture and design businesses, to teaching at top universities and winning the Wheelwright Prize, Sam Fox School graduates are making their mark on the world. We maintain close ties with our alumni, so you will graduate with a built-in network around the world.

A selection of recent post-graduate landings includes: Alloy Entertainment, BIG: Bjakre Ingels Group, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Booth Hansen, CannonDesign, CallisonRTKL, CCY Architects, Davis Brody Bond, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Eckenhoff Saunders Architects, Elkus Manfredi Architects, Gensler, KieranTimberlake, HKS Architects, HOK, Lake Flato, MASS Design Group, Mithun, Olson Kundig, Perkins+Will, Scape, SCDA Architects, SHoP Architects, Snøhetta, SOM, Studio Gang, VJAA, West 8, and ZGF Architects.

Learn more about the work of some of our exceptional alumni below.

Allison Mendez, MArch12

Allison Mendez, AIA, is a senior associate in CannonDesign's St. Louis office, where she leads the design for a range of project types, from pre-design to construction administration. She is outspoken in her belief that everyone—especially populations typically underserved by high-end design—is entitled to quality architecture. Positioning herself among the next generation of leaders, Mendez is deeply committed to improving the profession and her community, and her impact has been felt on the local, regional, and national levels. She serves on CannonDesign's NEXT Council and on the AlA National Associates Committee as the Central States Regional Director, where she is a champion for change. In recognition of her accomplishments in the profession, she was named one of St. Louis' 30 under 30 by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2017, and a recipient of the 2019 AIA Young Architects Award.

Mendez's work is marked by rich texture and thoughtful utility. Her projects and drawings have been consistently recognized with honors and awards, and they have been featured in several publications, including ArchDaily. She has returned to Washington University to teach courses in architecture.

Image: New women's care and primary care building for Truman Medical Centers/University Health in Kansas City, Missouri. Expected completion: 2020. Role: Lead designer.

Rajeev Kathpalia, MArch84/MUD84

Rajeev Kathpalia is a partner at Vāstu Shilpā Consultants (VSC), the multidisciplinary practice founded in 1955 by Pritzker Prize Laureate Balkrishna Doshi. Kathpalia's work integrates fiscally and environmentally responsible strategies to create inclusive habitats for people. Renowned for his institutional designs, he has won national and international competitions for the Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Management, and Nalanda University, among others.

Designing across a range of scales, Kathpalia’s practice encompasses regional and city plans, institutional campuses, individual buildings, and even furniture. His net-zero approach to campus design, which integrates architecture, landscape, ecology, energy generation, and management—both human and mechanical—while creating an equitable and inclusive social milieu, has set new benchmarks for sustainability and innovation.

Image: Flame University Plaza. Photo: Rajeev Kathpalia.

Mike Konzen, MArch86

Mike Konzen is chairman and CEO of PGAV, a multidisciplinary planning and design firm with offices in St. Louis and Kansas City. Now in its sixth decade, the firm has a staff of 135 professionals and provides services in three core areas: destinations, architecture, and planning. Since beginning his career at PGAV in 1986, Konzen has followed his passion for travel experiences through consulting services related to tourism, attraction development, master planning, exhibit design, and construction for a wide range of projects around the world. His clients have included UNESCO World Heritage sites, major museums, national parks, theme parks, and resorts.

Since 1998, Konzen has co-led PGAV's Destination Consulting Group, now a global leader in planning and design. They have created projects at many of the world’s must-see attractions, including the Grand Canyon, Biltmore Estate, Kennedy Space Center, the Georgia Aquarium, Gettysburg, Niagara Falls, Saint Louis Zoo, and Universal Studios. Today, PGAV Destinations is the largest independent creator of attractions and destinations in the industry, with projects on five continents. 

Image: PGAV Destinations, Table Rock Welcome Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Jared Della Valle, MArch96/MSCM96

Jared Della Valle is the CEO and founder of Alloy, a real estate developer in New York City. He has been an architect and real estate professional for more than 20 years and has managed the acquisition and predevelopment of more than 2 million square feet in New York City along the Highline, and in Hudson Yards, DUMBO, and downtown Brooklyn.

Della Valle is the board chair of the Van Alen Institute, a member of the boards of the Architectural League of New York and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. He has taught at Columbia University, Syracuse University, Washington University, Parsons School of Constructed Environments, and Lehigh University. He has lectured widely at major universities and institutions, and his work has been the subject of more than 100 articles and publications, including the monograph Think/Make, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

Image: 80 Flatbush, a mixed-use development by Alloy.