School of Architecture Career Services

We Help You Start Your Career

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.


Career Resources for Current Students and Alumni

Wil Strickland, 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 protected]. Ask for feedback on your application materials before sending them to a firm or employer.

Email Career Services

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 [email protected]. 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.

Explore IPAL at Woodbury

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.

Library Study Materials

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).

Student Scholarships

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.

Please read our Weekly News Round Up sent weekly to all current School of Architecture students for continuously updated professional and volunteer opportunities.

Employers, the below form is to verify fulfillment of the work experience requirement for Woodbury School of Architecture students. Please use this form to assess the student’s preparation for work and to verify the hours that the WSOA student worked for your firm, company, or organization. Read more:


Students, the below form is to verify fulfillment of the work experience requirement for WSOA students. Please use this form to assess your own preparation for the work experience you completed. Read more:



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.


Licensure and Certification

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.

California Architects Board      See the ARE Library


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).

IPAL Program

Woodbury University Job Board

Woodbury University recently moved to Handshake, a career resource with internship and job listings and many other features. Students and alumni: Log in to create your account using your woodbury.edu e-mail.

We invite employers who are seeking interns as well as more experienced graduates to post job openings on Handshake.

Job Board

Career Fairs

We organize annual career fairs for students to meet with professionals and where firms meet new talent. Interested architecture firms can contact the Career and Outreach Office for further information and to register for our next career fair on campus.

See Upcoming Career Fairs

Firms that have hired our students and alumni

  • AC Martin
  • Architecture for Education
  • Bestor Architecture
  • BNIM
  • Brooks + Scarpa
  • CallisonRTKL
  • CannonDesign
  • Carrier Johnson + Culture
  • Chu + Gooding
  • CO Architects
  • Le Architects
  • CSDA Design Group
  • Dean Larkin Design
  • DLR Group
  • Douglas Pancake Architects
  • Estudio Teddy Cruz
  • EYRC Architects
  • Freeman White
  • Gangi Architects
  • Gehry Partners, LLP
  • Gensler
  • Gruen Associates
  • HDR
  • HED
  • HKS Architects
  • HMC
  • HOK
  • Johnson Fain
  • Lehrer Architects
  • Lahmon Architects
  • Morphosis
  • NAC Architecture
  • NBBJ
  • Omgivning
  • Perkins Eastman
  • Perkins + Will
  • RBB Architects
  • Relativity Architects
  • Rob Wellington Quigley
  • RNT Architects
  • Safdie Rabines Architects
  • SGPA Architecture and Planning
  • Shubin Donaldon
  • SOM
  • Steinberg Hart
  • Studio E Architects
  • Studio MA
  • Suisman Urban Design
  • Taalman Architects
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • ZGF
  • Bestor Architecture
  • BNIM
  • CallisonRTKL
  • CannonDesign
  • Clive Wilkinson Architects
  • Chu + Gooding
  • Gensler
  • Gruen Associates
  • HDR
  • HED
  • HKS Architects
  • HOK
  • NBBJ
  • Omgivning
  • Perkins + Will
  • Wolcott Architecture Interiors
  • ZGF
  • City of Glendale
  • City of Los Angeles
  • City of San Diego
  • County of Los Angeles
  • Cusumano Real Estate Group
  • Dreamworks
  • Foundation for Form
  • Partners in Health
  • UCLA

Career Possibilities

Shopping, retail
Parks and recreation
Historic preservation
Adaptive Reuse
Museum and exhibit design
Interior design
Graphic design

Public space​
Public art​
Civic engagement​
Community building​
Public housing​
Urban design and planning​
Transit-oriented design​
Environmental design​
Climate-responsive design​
Energy design​
Health and wellness​
Environmental graphics​
Building science​
Landscape design​

Project manager​
Program manager​
Firm principal​
Owner representative​
Architectural designer​
Interior designer​
Real estate developer ​
Construction manager​
Production designer
City official​
Elected official​
Citizen architect​

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
Virtual Reality
Augmented Reality
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
Event Planning
Environmental Graphics
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.

Furniture Design
Jewelry Design
Fashion Design
Lighting Design

Contact Our Career And Outreach Office

Wil Strickland
Director of Outreach
Architect Licensing Advisor
[email protected]
(818) 252-5263

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