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Career Development: Architecture



The Sam Fox School’s dedicated Career Development Office offers one-on-one advising with a practicing architect to support students’ academic and professional development. Learn about our programs and services below, as well as the careers of Sam Fox School alumni.

About WashU's Career Center

The main office of WashU’s Career Center, located in the DUC, is another resource for students at the Sam Fox School. The Career Center 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.


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 careers@wustl.edu.
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 + 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 + 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.

Featured firms for our spring 2022 Virtual Road Shows include:

  • February 4: Marvel Design (New York, Puerto Rico)
  • February 11: Trivers (St. Louis)
  • February 18: Wheeler Kearns (Chicago)
  • February 25: Payette (Boston)
  • March 4: Design WorkShop (Colorado, Texas, Chicago, Los Angeles, North Carolina)
  • March 11: ESA (Chicago)
  • March 25: Snohetta (New York)
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
Chicago
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
Seattle
Visits to Cunningham Quill Architects, EYP Architecture & Engineering, Gensler, Hickok Cole, HKS Architects, Westlake Reed Leskosky, and ZGF


Alumni Spotlights


Check out our new (and growing!) 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
Chicago
CallisonRTKL
San Francisco
CannonDesign
St. Louis
CCY Architects
Basalt, CO
Davis Brody Bond
New York • Washington, DC • São Paolo, Brazil
Diller Scofido + Renfro
New York
Eckenhoff Saunders Architects
Chicago
Elkus Manfredi Architects
Boston
EskewDumezRipple
New Orleans
EwingCole
New York and Irvine, CA
Gehry Partners
Los Angeles
Gensler
San Francisco
Gould Evans
New Orleans
HKS Architects
Dallas
HOK
St. Louis
KieranTimberlake
Philadelphia
Lake Flato
San Antonio • Austin
Lamar Johnson Collaborative
St. Louis
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA)
Brooklyn, NY
MASS Design Group
Boston
Mithun
Seattle • San Francisco • Los Angeles
Olson Kundig
Seattle
Perkins+Will
Dallas • Chicago
Populous
Kansas City
Sasaki
Boston
SCDA Architects
Singapore • Shanghai • New York
SHoP Architects
New York
Snohetta
Oslo, Norway
SOM
New York
Studio Gang
Chicago
Trivers Associates
St. Louis
VJAA
Minneapolis
West 8
Rotterdam • Philadelphia • Brussels
William Rawn Associates
Boston
ZGF Architects
Portland, OR

Additional Career Development Resources