Our dedicated School of Architecture Career and Outreach Director assists students with gaining work experience and beginning their professional careers. See below for more information about our career resources, and career possibilities.
Catherine Roussel AIA, our dedicated School of Architecture Career and Outreach Director, is available to help current students and alumni prepare a professional cover letter, resume and portfolio.
Make an appointment by contacting email@example.com. Ask for feedback on your application materials before sending them to a firm or employer.
IPAL, the Integrated Path to Architecture Licensure initiative, allows for the integration of the three components of licensure: the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), professional education (BArch or MArch) and the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).
Students interested in joining IPAL may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. While applications are due in January of each year, students may start working toward licensure at any time. Over 40 firms have hired our IPAL students since the program began in 2016. Please visit our IPAL page for additional information.
We have collected all of the fundamental resources needed to study for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), beginning with links to basic information about the exam, through study guides and access to all of the source materials recommended by NCARB covering exam topics. Our goal is to make as much as possible available in a digital format with e-books that you can “check out” from our library.
We have also planned a series of study seminars with the American Institute of Architects San Fernando Valley chapter. Currently, we recommend remote seminars offered by the AIA San Francisco, which are open to all.
Take the time to research scholarships and competitions. We maintain a list of scholarships and can help you with your scholarship application(s).
Also consider entering a competition – there are lots of design competitions, so be selective and work with a faculty advisor who can advise you throughout the design and submission process. Some firms, such as ZGF Architects, offer internships tied to their scholarship programs. Not only do you receive scholarship funds to pay for your education, but you gain valuable experience working in the firm.
Pandemic-related architecture and design competitions:
Prior to graduation, candidates in the School of Architecture must complete paid work experience in the office of an approved architecture, interior design firm, or allied professional as follows:
· 160 hours for the Bachelor of Architecture degree
· 128 hours for BFA in Interior Design
Up to 40 hours (of the required hours) may be unpaid, volunteer, professional service with approved non-profit organizations related to architecture.
Allied professionals may include architectural designers, interior designers, engineers, urban planners, city planning offices, and associated designers, builders, and engineers. Check with the chair or the career and outreach office to discuss whether the place you hope to work is considered an allied profession.
Graduating students unable to complete their work experience hours due to COVID-related issues should work with Director of Outreach Catherine Roussel on an alternative work experience plan. Alternatives to work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please see further details here.
Please read our Weekly News Round Up sent weekly to all current School of Architecture students for continuously updated professional and volunteer opportunities.
Through our engagement with the professional world, we come across articles of interest every day. Here are a few that may be helpful to our students and alumni.
Guide to Job Titles – Intern
How to Get Hired According to Three Firm Owners
Understanding the Employer by Alumni Sean Joyner
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Tips for Architects Working at Home
Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success:
Free 16 learning courses that provide tips on how to stay productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, use virtual meeting tools and balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way.
We also want to make you aware that if you have federal student loans, you may be eligible for relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more here.
Also, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a provision which enables employers to provide a student loan repayment benefit to employees on a tax-free basis. See Employer Payments of Student Loans in this summary of the CARES Act provided by the AIA.
Architecture students may begin the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) as soon as they start working in an office. Completion of AXP, administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), is a requirement for becoming a licensed architect in the State of California. Please see further information here. Interior graduates may become certified interior designers through the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). Students may begin fulfilling hours toward their certification after 96 semester hours of their education.
The School of Architecture at Woodbury University is among the first 14 accredited architectural programs to be accepted for participation in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative.
The IPAL initiative is offered for both our undergraduate (BArch) and graduate (MArch) programs and on both campuses. The program allows for the integration of the three components of licensure: Architectural Experience Program (AXP), professional education (BArch or MArch) and Architect Registration Examination (ARE).
Parks and recreation
Museum and exhibit design
Urban design and planning
Health and wellness
Real estate developer
Virtual: Students can engage the new interior spaces of gaming and both virtual and augmented reality. Take advantage of resources such as our VR lab and the course offerings of our Game Design and Applied Computer Science departments.
Game Environment Design
Animation Environment Design
Experiential: Learn how to design commercial, residential and hospitality interiors for rooms and buildings. Design colors, materials, finishes, furniture, environmental graphics and more as you shape the experience of everyday life.
Set & Exhibition Design
Interior Design – Residential & Commercial
Material: Design technologies and materials are changing rapidly, from 3D printing and CNC fabrication to the invention of new materials. Learn fabrication in wood and metal shops, a materials library, a digital fabrication lab, and a lighting lab.
Catherine Roussel, AIA
Director of Outreach
Architect Licensing Advisor