Career Services-Architecture

Visit to Studio Gang during the San Francisco Road Show. Photo: Martin Padilla.

The strongest testimony to the value of our degree programs is the success of our alumni. From founding their own practices like HOK, to starting their own furniture and design businesses like the Egg Collective, to teaching at top universities and winning the Wheelwright Prize, Sam Fox School graduates are making their mark on the world.

The Sam Fox School's dedicated Career Services office offers one-on-one advising with a practicing architect, as well as special programs like workshops, career fairs, road shows, and networking to support students as they pursue academic and professional opportunities. This page highlights some of those programs, as well as a small selection of job/internship placements. Students interested in learning more about Career Services opportunities in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design or in scheduling an advising appointment should contact:

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
Read Padilla's bio>>

Schedule for Martin: (Virtual for fall 2020 and spring 2021)
Tuesday: 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Thursday: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Erika Fitzgibbon
Career Specialist, Architecture
efitzgibbon@wustl.edu

Schedule for Erika: (Virtual for fall 2020 and spring 2021)
Monday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Download the pdf of spring 2021 Architecture Career Services programs>>

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

The Sam Fox School's Career Services office offers numerous programs and resources designed specifcally for students in arcihtecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. These include:

1:1 appointments. 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all appointments are currently virtual. To make a 1:1 appointment, please call the Career Center at 314.935.5930, follow the directions in this link for online scheduling, or email Martin Padilla at mpadilla@wustl.edu. 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.

Quick Advising. These 15-minute check-ins are 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 emails are sent out by Martin Padilla.

Virtual Alumni Networking. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and altered job and internship markets, the Sam Fox School Career Services team initiated a virtual alumni networking and mentoring program for students in summer 2020. These opportunities were valued by both the students and the alumni, with 115 architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design students and 40 alumni taking part. Stay tuned for updates on other such opportunities.

Lunch with a Pro. Held virtually in 2020-21, this series of events allows students to meet and network with working professionals across the United States. Check your email for updates!

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 reviews, and an annual Architecture + Landscape Architecture Career Fair. We will also 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 + Urban Design 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.

The spring 2021 event will be held virtually from 4-7p Central February 25. Visit the Career Services website for full details.

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.

Because we can’t travel to firms this year due to the pandemic, we have reached out to them to create virtual networking events for you to meet with and learn more about their experiences. Held from 12-1p Central February through April, Virtual Road Show Fridays provide opportunities for you to meet practicing architects, learn about their work, and ask questions about the world of architecture beyond academia. Guests will include alumni and firms from all over the United States. Virtual invite will be sent out at the beginning of the week for the session.

The current schedule features:
Feb. 12: HOK (St. Louis)
Feb. 19: Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York)
Feb. 26: Payette (Boston)
March 5: SmithGroup (Chicago)
March 12: EYP (Washington DC)
March 26: HKS (Washington DC)
April 2: Christner (St. Louis)
April 9: Mithun (Seattle)
April 16: Ross Barney Architects (Chicago)

Past road shows have included:
- San Francisco, with visits to HOK, Studio Gang, and Mithun, among other firms.
- Los Angeles, with visits to Marmol Radziner, Perkins+Will, Gensler, ZGF, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, Michael Maltzan Architecture, and CO Architects.
- Chicago, with visits to Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Gensler, Ross Barney Architects, SOM, Studio Gang Architects, and Valerio Dewalt Train Associates.
- Washington DC, with visits to Cunningham Quill Architects, EYP Architecture & Engineering, Gensler, Hickok Cole, HKS Architects, Westlake Reed Leskosky, and ZGF.
- Seattle, with visits to the firms Callison, NBBJ, Prentiss Architects, Olson Kundig Architects, ZGF Architects LLP, and Mithun.

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. In addition to these landings, our students often go on to pursue advanced degrees at prestigious universities across the country. You can also check out the WashU Career Center's Outcome Data Page.

Select Post-Graduate Landings Include:
Alloy Entertainment
BIG: Bjarke Ingels Group
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Booth Hansen
CannonDesign
CallisonRTKL
CCY Architects
Davis Brody Bond
Diller Scofido + Renfro
Eckenhoff Saunders Architects
Elkus Manfredi Architects
Gensler
HKS Architects
HOK
KieranTimberlake
Lake Flato
MASS Design Group
Mithun
Olson Kundig
Perkins+Will
SCDA Architects
SHoP Architects
Snohetta
SOM
Studio Gang
Trivers Associates
VJAA
West 8
ZGF 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