Practicum : a course of study designed especially for the preparation of teachers and clinicians that involves the supervised practical application of previously studied theory
While the definition above relates to teachers and medical clinicians specifically, the same experience of supervised practical application of theory –together with the application and building of skills, applies to architects. The SoA Practicum Program is a supplement to our very successful Career Fair and aims to provide opportunities for all students in the undergraduate and graduate programs to experience the working culture of architectural practice through office placement. Following an application process, practice placements are arranged at top architecture firms in cities around the US for the week of Spring Break.
The goal of the program is to add an intense and exciting, “career-steering” supplement to the design and research curriculum, and to create an ongoing cultural exchange between practicing architects and the School.
The placement process is based on the student’s stated goals and preferences, along with their academic experiences and demonstrated skills, in order to match the student with a compatible firm. Applications are due in mid-January, and placements are decided in mid-February.
A student applies to the Practicum Program by submitting the following:
Students applying to the Practicum Program are responsible for travel, accommodations, and expenses for the duration of the placement stay. Students are encouraged to be resourceful in terms of alumni networking and friends and family networks to help facilitate accommodations in the cities where they want to work.
For more information, contact Charles Rudolph, Practicum Program Director.