AAP Connect Hosts Annual Architecture Career Forum

AAP Connect Arch Career Forum
Joseph DeSense (B.Arch. '10), at left, and Will Smith (M.Arch. '13), second from right, of Richard Meier Architects talk jobs with architecture students. William Staffeld/AAP
AAP Connect Arch Career Forum
Edward Siegel (B.Arch. '83) of Cooper Robertson responds to student questions at the Architecture Career Forum panel discussion. William Staffeld/AAP
AAP Connect Arch Career Forum
Panel participants respond to student questions at the 2016 Architecture Career Forum. From left: Francesca Franchi (B.Arch. '86), Glen Coben (B.Arch. '86), Joseph DeSense (B. Arch. '10), Will Smith (M.Arch. '13), Kirk Finkel (B.Arch. '11). William Staffeld/AAP
AAP Connect Arch Career Forum
Andrew Gorzkowski (B.Arch. '13), center, of Pickard Chilton chats with a student at the Architecture Career Forum luncheon. William Staffeld/AAP
Joseph DeSense (B.Arch. '10), at left, and Will Smith (M.Arch. '13), second from right, of Richard Meier Architects talk jobs with architecture students. William Staffeld/AAP Edward Siegel (B.Arch. '83) of Cooper Robertson responds to student questions at the Architecture Career Forum panel discussion. William Staffeld/AAP Panel participants respond to student questions at the 2016 Architecture Career Forum. From left: Francesca Franchi (B.Arch. '86), Glen Coben (B.Arch. '86), Joseph DeSense (B. Arch. '10), Will Smith (M.Arch. '13), Kirk Finkel (B.Arch. '11). William Staffeld/AAP Andrew Gorzkowski (B.Arch. '13), center, of Pickard Chilton chats with a student at the Architecture Career Forum luncheon. William Staffeld/AAP
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June 1, 2016

The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning's career services office, AAP Connect, held its third annual Architecture Career Forum in April. This year's three-day event was the largest to date and provided an opportunity for Cornell architecture alumni to return to the college to interview current students for full-time jobs and internships, and share their professional perspective in a forum for open discussion.

"Interviews have resulted in a steady stream of offers coming in daily. And the networking and knowledge sharing that occur as part of the panel and luncheon are invaluable to architecture students of all years," says AAP Connect Director Jennifer Micale. "I am excited to see that the number of scheduled interviews has more than tripled since AAP Connect hosted the 2014 forum, and am hopeful that increased student participation will continue so that the event can create even more opportunities in the future."

This year, a total of 290 interviews with 105 students were held during the first two days of the forum. The 21 architecture offices that sent 34 alumni interviewers to AAP for the event included:

  • 450 Architects
  • BLTa
  • Cooper Robertson
  • FXFOWLE Architects, LLP
  • Gensler Glen & Co. Architecture
  • HOLT Architects
  • James Carpenter Design Associates
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
  • Laguarda Low Architects
  • Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
  • Mitchell Giurgola Architects
  • Perkins + Will
  • Perkins Eastman
  • Pickard Chilton
  • Rafael Viñoly Architects
  • Richard Meier & Partners Architects
  • Robert A.M. Stern Architects
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Stephen Moser Architecture
  • Terreform ONE

Fifth-year student Patti Limansubroto (B.Arch. '16) interviewed with different offices and has accepted a job with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago. "The Architecture Career Forum was an invaluable source for information regarding future employment opportunities," she remarked. "Aside from access to job postings from a variety of very desirable firms, the forum gave us a chance to interact with people from all aspects of the industry. I am extremely grateful to have had this resource during such a crucial time in my life."

Students from all architecture degree programs, regardless of their year or level of progress, attended the alumni panel discussion and networking luncheon on the third and final day.

"Attending the forum, especially as a first-year student, really demystified the experience of working at an architecture firm. The event made the process seem a lot less intimidating and more human, especially since the panel consisted of Cornell alumni," commented Aileene Han (B.Arch '20).

The 10-person panel included an array of alumni — some recent graduates and some with several years of experience in the field. They answered questions, spoke to the various paths they've pursued professionally, and highlighted career options.

"I wish I had had this as a student," says Donny Silberman (B.Arch. '13), who currently works for Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City. "I've participated in three Architecture Career Forums to date and have been happy to share insight into the professional realm that exists beyond campus. This year, I was impressed by a noticeable increase in student engagement as well as AAP's increased investment in career services."

Next year's Architecture Career Forum will be held April 13–16, 2017. The event will kick off with a panel discussion and reception on the first day and will be followed by interviews.

By Edith Fikes

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