Architecture career forum draws alumni and students

April 20, 2011

More than 20 architecture alumni, with graduation years spanning from 1974 to 2009, returned to campus on April 2, to participate in the annual Architecture Alumni Career Forum. Participants ranged from principals to intern architects, from small and large firms and gave students the opportunity to hear from alumni about how best to prepare for their entrance into the job market.

The forum began with lunch and a chance for alumni and students to get to know each other informally. Two back-to-back panels engaged a full house of students on topics such as portfolio development, becoming a stronger job candidate, new technology and skills, pros and cons of working in small and large firms, starting your own firm, alternative careers, and finding your own way. Students put forward many questions, including the importance of networking, how to approach and follow up with employers, and practicing internationally.

In conjunction with the forum, panelists and other attending alumni, interviewed students for both full-time and summer positions in their firms. All AAP students were invited to participate, as well as students from the departments of Design and Environmental Analysis and Landscape Architecture. Panelists included: Juan Alayo (B.Arch. 92), Alayo Architects; David Benn (B.Arch. 74), Cho Benn Holback + Associates; Wayne Chen (B.Arch. 04), Design Ideas Group; Justin Doro (M.Arch. 06), Pickard Chilton; Michael Giardina (M.Arch. 83), KlingStubbins; David Gull (B.Arch. 08), Skidmore, Owings & Merrill New York; David Hodge (B.Arch. 01), Rafael Vinoly Architects; Eric Keune (B.Arch. 92), Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Chicago; Mina Koo (B.Arch. 09), Architectural Resources Cambridge; Adam Kushner (M.Arch. 94), Kushner Studios; Susan Mehr (B.Arch. 82), TetraTech Architects and Engineers; Lawrence Ng (B.Arch. 79), Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; John Reed (B.Arch. 85), Cannon Design; and Craig Sobeski (B.Arch. 07), Perkins & Will. The event was cosponsored by AAP Career Services, the Department of Architecture, and the College of Human Ecologys Career Development Office.

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