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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, 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.


How to Work with the Career Development Office


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.

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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 Development 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!

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.

Specialized Programming


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 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 took place virtually from 4-7p Central February 25.



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.

Due to current conditions involving the COVID-19 pandemic, we will once again offer Virtual Road Shows on Fridays in October and November. At these events, you’ll 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 invites will be sent out at the beginning of the week for each individual session.

Featured firms from our spring 2021 Virtual Road Shows included:

  • HOK (St. Louis)
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York)
  • Payette (Boston)
  • SmithGroup (Chicago)
  • EYP (Washington DC)
  • HKS (Washington DC)
  • Christner (St. Louis)
  • Mithun (Seattle)
  • Ross Barney Architects (Chicago)
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

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.
Alloy Entertainment
New York
BIG: Bjarke Ingels Group
Copenhagen • New York
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
San Francisco
Booth Hansen
Chicago
CannonDesign
St. Louis
CallisonRTKL
San Francisco
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
Gensler
San Francisco
HKS Architects
Dallas
HOK
St. Louis
KieranTimberlake
Philadelphia
Lake Flato
San Antonio • Austin
MASS Design Group
Boston
Mithun
Seattle • San Francisco • Los Angeles
Olson Kundig
Seattle
Perkins+Will
Dallas • Chicago
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
ZGF Architects
Portland, OR

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.

Career Development Resources


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.