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The mission of the Tulane School of Architecture is to prepare students for leadership positions in the design professions and in their communities. This school aspires to provide the highest quality professional education in architecture, to develop and conserve knowledge, and to promote excellence and innovation in architecture, landscape urbanism, preservation, and urban and environmental design and development. The School aspires to reach many students within and beyond Richardson Memorial Hall through undergraduate minors in Architecture, Sustainable Real Estate Development, Preservation Studies, and Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, and graduate certificates in Preservation Studies and Sustainable Real Estate Development.

As a framework, we will uphold three primary concepts in our academic mission and in the values we instill in our students:

  • Educating students in the abiding cultural and social roles of architecture, preservation, and real estate development by providing a well-rounded, humanities-based education with discipline-specific coursework;
  • Preparing future professionals through continually assessed and updated coursework in design, building technology, and professional concerns with an emphasis on critical thinking;
  • Instilling a sense of responsibility and ethical conduct through civic engagement.

The strategic direction of the School of Architecture includes the following components:

  • Building Opportunity – Community Building
  • Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
  • Social Innovation
  • Place-Based Creativity

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Career Areas

Residential Architecture:   Multiple-Unit Residential, Single Family Residential, Senior/Assisted Living, Remodeling/Renovations, Landscape Design

Commercial Architecture:   Commercial Building Design (office buildings, factories, laboratories, malls, schools, etc.), Government Design Projects (schools, colleges, government facilities, military facilities, libraries, hospitals, recreational facilities, churches, museums, etc.)

Education: Teaching, Research, Part-time Instruction, Special Collections Libraries

Related Professions: Urban Planning, Real Estate Development, Contracting, Property Assessment, Landscape Design, Interior Design, Architectural Engineering, Consulting, Facilities Management, Product Development/Marketing, Law, Insurance Liability, Writing

Employers

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Employment Strategies
  • The Bachelor of Science in Architecture is a pre-professional program and is an excellent platform for working in the profession and future graduate studies in architecture and associated fields.
  • To become a licensed architect, one must receive a professional (Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture) degree from an accredited school of architecture, complete an internship period, and pass a licensing examination.
  • Architecture involves much more than designing buildings. Students should consider talking to architects or visiting their offices to learn more about the field.
  • Students of architecture should able to conceptualize and understand spatial relations and be detail-oriented.
  • Oral and graphic communications skills are important, particularly when working with clients, construction firms or government officials. Good writing skills are valuable for developing architectural proposals.
  • Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) and other computer technologies are prevalent in the field of architecture. Students should develop as many computer skills as possible.
  • One third of architects are self-employed as either partners or running their own firms. Most architects work in firms of fewer than five people. There are also large firms that employ hundreds of professionals.
  • Related fields include: graphic design, interior design, industrial planning, real estate development, civil engineering, historic preservation, and construction management.
  • Some architects specialize in a particular building type; other architects may specialize in a certain function of the firm, such as project management or specification writing. Graduate study in the field may be helpful for specializing.
  • Areas of specialization include: historic preservation/renovation, landscape architecture, healthcare facilities, sports facilities, educational facilities, urban design, master planning, interior design, and real estate development.
  • Students should design a portfolio to use when interviewing. Include freehand drawings, final drawings by hand and computer, process sketches, photos of study models and finished models, a sample of writing, and work from technical courses.
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Career Education

CRDV 1090

Get a jumpstart on your career and earn a credit while you’re at it!

A great way to get started is by taking CRDV 1090, a 1-hour credit course that guides students through the career development process.  Through CRDV, students develop the necessary tools, skills, and resources to become career ready, learning what they have to offer and what it takes to be an excellent candidate in today’s competitive job market.

While taking CRDV 1090 students will create and refine professional documents, explore careers, conduct job/internship searches, develop networking and interviewing skills, and learn to utilize professional social media to network more effectively. Not only will students learn about the job/internship search process, but they will know how to actively use this information in the real world.  Students will have the unique opportunity to take personality and strength assessments to learn about their talents, interests, and preferred work environments, as well as careers that utilize their strengths.

CRDV 1090 Students will also participate in an exclusive CRDV Mock Interview event where they will have the chance to practice interviewing skills and try out their interview attire with professionals from a variety of industries.  Not only will students conduct a mock interview, but their will receive feedback from their interviewers on the spot.

The course is led by Career Educators, Valerie Morgan and Geneva Torrence, who are trained Career Coaches and will also be available to their students for individual career coaching throughout the semester.

What will you do in CRDV 1090?

IDENTIFY strengths, values and goals
EXPLORE careers that fit your personality and academic/professional interests
CONNECT experiences to professional pursuits
CREATE professional documents and profiles
LEARN job search strategies
PRACTICE interviewing and networking skills

Who should take this course?

SENIORS: Preparing for life after college, looking for internships/jobs, needing to sharpen professional tools and skills

SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS: Looking for internships/jobs and needing to develop professional skills

FRESHMEN*: Exploring majors and career paths, looking for internships and to begin working on professional skills

*If you are a freshman, have decided on a major and prefer to focus on internships and search skills, you can be approved for a sophomore/junior section.  Talk to your Academic Advisor or a CRDV 1090 instructor about which section is best for you.
 
Course Design

The course is designed to guide students through their own career readiness roadmap, which we develop together in three stages (according to the career development process):

Develop self-awareness
First, we focus on self-assessment and career-exploration.  Through two self-assessments (Do What You Are and StrengthsQuest) and various activities, CRDV helps students understand their strengths, interests, and values to maximize their potential. Additionally, students will learn to articulate their strengths and goals to others, an important part of the job search. 

Create a Career Toolkit
The next stage prepares students for the job/internship search by creating and refining the necessary professional documents, profiles, and other useful tools, i.e. Resume, Cover letter, Thank you letters, outreach messages, LinkedIn profile.

Improve interpersonal communication skills (networking and interviewing)
The final stage focuses on practicing interpersonal communication skills, particularly networking and interviewing skills.  Students will reflect upon what they learned in the previous two stages to develop a personal brand and marketing strategy so that they are comfortable in formal and informal networking situations.  Their participation in the CRDV Mock Interview event will help refine these skills and give them a real-world interviewing experience.

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Start Your Job or Internship Search

Whether you are searching for an internship or your first job, it is a time consuming process that can be both complicated and a little discouraging at times. But once you commit to starting your search, Tulane can help. The success of your career search is directly proportional to the learning, effort and strategy that you put into it.  Remember to stay positive and to stay focused during your search! The most effective job searches start at least two semesters before you graduate and internship searches should start as soon as your freshman year. 

1. DEFINE YOUR STORY

Start your job/internship search with YOU!  You need to understand your strengths and develop materials (resume, cover letter and email, LinkedIn profile and elevator speech) to market your abilities to employers.  

  • Make a list of your interests, strengths and skills.  If you need help, take the StrengthsFinder assessment.
  • Take the Do What You Are personality inventory to get more ideas about careers for you.
  • Make a list of your academic, volunteer, leadership, internships and work experience to build a resume.  View resume examples or use the free Resume Builder available to Tulane students.
  • Develop a cover letter and email cover letter and build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Write a brief statement explaining why you are an excellent worker.  Develop your own "elevator speech."

2. IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET

3. GATHER YOUR TOOLS

4. IMPLEMENT YOUR PLAN

  • Make specific searches for work online using job search engines.
  • Upload your resume with job search engines online and with Handshake.
  • Attend career fairs.
  • Use your friends, their parents, friends of your parents or network of contacts to search for employment by sharing with them what position you are looking for.  Do not depend on job/internship search engines alone!
  • Look for Tulane alumni connections on LinkedIn.
  • Conduct informational interviews with friends of your family and others.  Request informational interviews by email.
  • Follow up on every job or networking connection you find as soon as possible.
  • Organize your job search using CareerShift.

5. GO THE EXTRA MILE

 

 

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LinkedIn membership can be an excellent networking tool and resource for your career.  Join LinkedIn and network with 40,000+ Tulane alumni through various alumni, industry and regional groups. Begin your LinkedIn experience at the Tulane University LinkedIn Page.  From there, you can explore groups and connections based on your career interests.  Membership is free.

 

 

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