Feb '09 - Oct '09
This past weekend the BAC held a Career Symposium. In past years it's been a job fair, but given the state of the economy we felt it would more appropriate to have something a little different. The symposium included workshops with BAC alumni and faculty in interviewing skills, resume, cover letter, and portfolio workshops, an IDP workshop, and job tables from "alternative practice" type firms. These are companies that are related to architecture, but not traditional architecture firms, and included Autodesk, Green Jobs Coalition, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, Neoscape, and the Center for Human-Centered Design.
The alternative jobs were particularly helpful for BAC students considering that we need to fulfill a set amount of internship hours in order to move on to Segment 2 (or 3) of our program, and since most arch. firms have a hiring freeze the BAC is allowing students to submit credit hours for related work.
The show stopper was definitely Neoscape--they do high end renderings for arch firms. High def flyby's, walkthroughs, CG movies etc. Check out their website here:
Their main office is in Boston and they also have an office in NY.
Aside from the relevance to BAC students, it was very interesting to hear how many of the guests have architecture degrees, but chose to pursue careers in other fields. The two representatives from Autodesk are both architects, but found they were more interested in technology than in building design. A similar story from the rep from Neoscape. Almost all of them mentioned the importance of creative critical thinking in their career pursuits and how design school fostered this. It was refreshing to hear uplifting stories about how you don't have to be a traditional architect just because you went to architecture school.