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

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Placement 2020 Grads

Even with the challenges of the pandemic, our 2020 SAAHP graduates found success in employment or in graduate school 6 months after their graduation.

graphic representing Internship Certainty: All SAAHP students participate in the Career Investment Program, providing paid student assistantships on-campus or off-campus, with firms, organizations and government agencies.
Internship Certainty

All SAAHP students participate in the Career Investment Program, providing paid student assistantships on-campus or off-campus, with firms, organizations and government agencies.

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Accelerated Master's Degree

Our students have the opportunity to efficiently earn an M-Arch degree with the highest, most prestigious accreditation in less time.

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Accepted Students, have you made your decision? Reserve your spot for Fall 2021.

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Alumni Stories of Success 

Across all our programs, alumni find success in graduate programs and their fields.

Headshot of Juan Osorio"I’ve learned more and more that Roger’s architecture program is really good. We are competitive against really big schools. I heard from firms that we are better prepared."

JUAN OSORIO '19 '20M 
Architectural Designer at Summit Design and Engineering Services, Cary, N.C. 
Major: Architecture

Headshot of Brigida CapicottoRoger Williams made sure that everyone got their own desk every semester of every year of the studio experience. A lot of places don’t offer that. They had us doing hand drawings all of the first year, and then they introduced us to the computer. That was really valuable because at most schools you just start on the computer and don’t learn as much.”

BRIGIDA CAPICOTTO ’17 '18M, Architectural Designer, KITE Architects, Providence, R.I.
Major: Architecture
More: Design and Detail: A Career in Architecture

Real-World Experience Sets Up Success

image of RWU alum Ben Bergenholtz, Principal Owner, Harborside Holdings Corporation, Bristol, RI

"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, R.I.
Major: Preservation Studies
More: Meet The Entrepreneurial Preservationist

image of Julia Collopy“We were in a studio that partnered with the Community Partnerships Center and worked with the Whaling Museum in Nantucket, which was definitely helpful in learning about how to talk to a client to know exactly what they want in a project.”

JULIA COLLOPY '19, Vice President and Co-Founder at MyriadVision LLC, Chambersburg, Pa. 
Major: Architecture

image of Elias Christo '18"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 '20M 
Designer, Hutker Architects, Inc., Falmouth, Mass.
Major: Architecture
More: From Summer Academy High Schooler to Master of Architecture

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Accepted Students, have you made your decision? Reserve your spot for Fall 2021.

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Understanding Context Key to Success

image of Julie Olivere, SAAHP alum“I got to experience different elements of historic preservation, not just looking at what style a building is and how to fix it, but I got a more rounded view. I got to see how other businesses and people were working with historic properties. It really opened my eyes to new possibilities.”

JULIE OLIVERE '14 ’15M, Public Programs Coordinator for the Trustees of Reservations, Boston, Mass.
Major: Historic Preservation and Conservation

image of RWU alum Emily Goldenberg

"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
More: An RWU Architect Travels the World, Uses Design to Protect Gorillas

Get The Experience You Need to Go Far

Paid Internships

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.

Community Partnerships

image of restoration work ongoing in New Bedford, Mass., auditoriumClose 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.

Study Abroad

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.

Professional Facilities

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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

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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.
 

AIAS

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.

Secure Your Spot at SAAHP

Accepted Students, have you made your decision? Reserve your spot for Fall 2021.

MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT TODAY