Monday, February 23, 2015

CAPLA students who are graduating in May or December 2015 descended on local firms who came to campus looking for their next big hire. Eleven architecture firms, including SmithGroupJJR, Ware Malcomb, Stephen Brenden Architects, Eglin & Bresler Architects, BWS Architects, HDR, cdg Architects, BRR Architecture, Kitchell Contractors, Bildane Building, and L2 Architects were in attendance. Pima County, the City of Tucson, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, Local First Arizona, Town of Marana, Town of Oro Valley, Town of Sahuarita, Norris Design, Merjent Environmental Consulting, and Rick Engineering sent representatives to interview graduating Sustainable Built Environments and Planning Students. Approximately 240 interview slots were available for CAPLA students at the fair.

The feedback from our industry participants were outstanding as stated by Craig Randock of HDR Architecture, "My compliments to both Sasha and Rob for an outstanding (CAPLA) Job Interview Fair this year; I have participated in many over the years but this is by far the most organized and rewarding event I have attended. The printed schedule for the student interviews and the timeliness on keeping everyone on track really simplified the process and ensured, what in the past has been somewhat chaotic and overwhelming, a smooth event. The students were well prepared, had a good idea of their professional goals upon graduation and had done their research about the firms they were interested to talk to. Their work was very professional in graphic content and well-presented verbally; in short the student portfolios were simply exceptional; my compliments to the both of you and to the Architecture Program at (CAPLA). Your students are more than ready for their professional careers upon graduation."

Sasha Wilson, Architect and Undergraduate Academic Advisor for CAPLA, offered this reflection, "Every year our fair has more participating firms, and the majority are looking to hire our graduates for jobs throughout the US - even internationally! Our goal is to grow this fair so every student has real job prospects at graduation, and the interviewing skillset to land that job." Ladd Keith, Coordinator and Lecturer Sustainable Built Environments Degree Program stated, “The fair is a great opportunity for students who gain valuable practice interviewing and create new professional connections. Many students were hired by their interviewer after graduation last year and I look forward to the same success stories this year.”