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Career Development: Architecture

The Sam Fox School’s dedicated Career Development Office works individually with students studying architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design to support their academic and professional development.

From one-on-one advising to career fairs and alumni networking events, the Career Development Office is a hub of resources for students as they customize their career trajectory.

Student Advising Appointments

1:1 Appointments
One-on-one advising helps students crystallize their interests and develop the tools to target internships, jobs, residencies, fellowships, graduate schools, and other professional opportunities. We encourage students to schedule a 1:1 appointment early in the semester. Schedule a 1:1 appointment for online scheduling, or email
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 regularly by the office.

Student and Alumni Networking Programs

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 competitiveness 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. More information, including enrollment details, can be found through the link.

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and 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 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.

Architecture Road Shows

Road Shows are an opportunity for students to meet with organizations and alumni across the United States. At these events, you’ll meet practicing architects, learn about their work, and ask questions about the world of architecture beyond academia.
San Francisco
Visits to HOK, Studio Gang, and Mithun, among other firms
Los Angeles
Visits to Marmol Radziner, Perkins+Will, Gensler, ZGF, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, Michael Maltzan Architecture, and CO Architects
Visits to Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Gensler, Ross Barney Architects, SOM, Studio Gang Architects, and Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Washington DC
Visits to Cunningham Quill Architects, EYP Architecture & Engineering, Gensler, Hickok Cole, HKS Architects, Westlake Reed Leskosky, and ZGF
Visits to Cunningham Quill Architects, EYP Architecture & Engineering, Gensler, Hickok Cole, HKS Architects, Westlake Reed Leskosky, and ZGF

Alumni Spotlights

Check out our series of profiles of outstanding alumni. They share what they’re currently working on, their advice for current students, and much more.

Recent Job & Internship Placements

Alloy Entertainment
New York
BIG: Bjarke Ingels Group
Copenhagen • New York
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
San Francisco
Booth Hansen
San Francisco
St. Louis
CCY Architects
Basalt, CO
Davis Brody Bond
New York • Washington, DC • São Paolo, Brazil
Diller Scofido + Renfro
New York
Eckenhoff Saunders Architects
Elkus Manfredi Architects
New Orleans
New York and Irvine, CA
Gehry Partners
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Gould Evans
New Orleans
HKS Architects
St. Louis
Lake Flato
San Antonio • Austin
Lamar Johnson Collaborative
St. Louis
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA)
Brooklyn, NY
MASS Design Group
Seattle • San Francisco • Los Angeles
Olson Kundig
Dallas • Chicago
Kansas City
SCDA Architects
Singapore • Shanghai • New York
SHoP Architects
New York
Oslo, Norway
New York
Studio Gang
Trivers Associates
St. Louis
West 8
Rotterdam • Philadelphia • Brussels
William Rawn Associates
ZGF Architects
Portland, OR

Additional Career Development Resources

About WashU Center for Career Engagement

The main office of WashU Center for Career Engagement, located in the DUC, is another resource for students at the Sam Fox School. The WashU Center for Career Engagement hosts an all-campus career fair in the fall and spring, in addition to skill-building workshops and other ongoing programs. It also posts information about career opportunities through CAREERlink.