Success After Graduation
In the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation (SAAHP), you don’t have to wait until you graduate to earn professional experience. Paid internships, working with real clients and top-notch design studios will prepare you for a career you'll love.
RWU Equips You for a Great Career
All 2019 SAAHP graduates are employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.
All SAAHP students participate in the Career Investment Program, providing paid student assistantships on-campus or off-campus, with firms, organizations and government agencies.
All SAAHP 2019 graduates worked on at least one extensive, deep-impact community partnership project.
Across all our programs, alumni find success in graduate programs and their fields.
"I underestimated how my professional network would expand just from being a student. I've been fortunate enough to now have two internships with two different professors, as well as doing freelance work for others."
ELIAS CHRISTO '18
RWU Master of Architecture Candidate, Bristol, RI
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“I really enjoy how different each day can be because I can be involved in multiple parts of a project and several projects at once. I love participating in client meetings to understand the people that will actually be living in the homes.”
LAURA BROOKS ’18M, Designer, Hutker Architects, Inc., Falmouth, Mass.
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Real-World Experience Sets Up Success
"It was an excellent education in preservation. We were not isolated in some ivory tower studying it. We were on the ground learning it."
BEN BERGENHOLTZ '03 '12M, Principal Owner, Harborside Holdings Corporation, Bristol, RI
Major: Preservation Studies
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"This work has given me a larger sense of responsibility and real-world experience that will help me in my future career beyond just doing an academic project."
VINCENT PACIFICO '17, '19M, Founder, Adaptive Buildings Network, Worcester, MA
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"I got exposure working with clients. I learned how to be realistic about projects. I learned how to collaborate."
JAMIE VALWAY '17 '18M, Architectural Designer, Vision 3 Architects, Providence, RI
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Understanding Context Key to Success
"There was a real focus on the importance of design in other cultures, and the notion that as an architect you must be able to observe and perceive these differences in order to design for them. Those experiences embedded a level of passion and intentionality in my design process.”
EMILY GOLDENBERG '10 '11M, Design Director, MASS Design Group, Kigali, Rwanda
Majors: Art and Architectural History, Architecture
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Get The Experience You Need to Go Far
SAAHP’s award winning Career Investment Program allows students of various financial needs, skill sets, and disciplines to get paid work during their undergraduate program. The professional learning experiences and connections gained in internships often lead to full time positions after graduation.
Close access to historical communities like Bristol, Newport and Providence allow preservation studies students hands-on experience right in their backyards. Architecture students apply their skills to completing local projects, such as designing an outdoor classroom and an arboretum in Newport. Through these hands-on projects, SAAHP students learn professional skills for the future and give back to their local community.
Spend a semester studying architecture with leading firms in Florence, Italy, Barcelona, Spain, or Beijing, China through our Global Partners Program. Or, complete projects in locations like Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City, Mexico; and Athens, Greece.
Resources for Your Success
State-of-the-art facilities, countless opportunities for professional experience, a commitment to community engagement, and consistent faculty/peer mentorship make RWU’s School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation the ideal environment to launch a career in the field.
As an Architecture student, you will have your own studio space equipped with a 27-inch Samsung LED monitor. The cutting-edge technology improves design time and cohesion, while the studio’s open floor encourages collaboration, preparing you for success in an ever-evolving field.
Women’s Leadership Network
In addition to these stepping stones toward career fulfillment, we are invested in advancing career potential for women through the Women’s Leadership Network, which provides additional mentorship, networks, resources, and events for female SAAHP students.
RWU has one of the largest chapters in the country of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), which organizes lectures, programs, conferences, and excursions. Get ahead with professional opportunities to share your work and become a leader.