“Architects create the overall aesthetic and look of buildings and other structures, but the design of a building involves far more than its appearance. Buildings also must be functional, safe, and economical and must suit the needs of the people who use them. Architects consider all these factors when they design buildings and other structures.” – Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos038.htm
“Urban and regional planners develop long- and short-term plans for the use of land and the growth and revitalization of urban, suburban, and rural communities and the region in which they are located. They help local officials alleviate social, economic, and environmental problems by recommending locations for roads, schools, and other infrastructure and suggesting zoning regulations for private property. This work includes forecasting the future needs of the population. Because local governments employ the majority of urban and regional planners, they often are referred to as community or city planners.” -Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos057.htm
Breaking into the fields of architecture and urban planning requires some experience through internships, and often additional education beyond a bachelor’s degree. Network with your professors and fellow students to help identify possible internship sites. Use the resources below, such as Archinect, to find internships such as INABA’s in LA or perhaps an international experience at PolyForm Architects in Copenhagen Denmark.
Alumni Careers Network
Alumni have VOLUNTEERED to have students contact them for advice and information about majors and careers. The Alumni Careers Network
(ACN), with 4,500 volunteers worldwide, is a searchable on-line database of Princeton alumni who are willing and eager for you to contact them so they can provide you with advice and assistance about their industry or career field.
Selected Online Resources
American Institute of Architecture Students
- A student run organization for networking and professional development.
ACSA Guide to Architecture Schools - www.archschools.org -
An online guide to architecture schools in the U.S.
ARCH Career Guide
- Career information about the field of architecture and an online “mentor” and blog about the field.
The Boston Foundation for Architecture
- BFA was created by the BSA to support public education programs related to the built environment. BFA has funded and supported curriculum-development projects, teacher training, community-based programs, exhibitions and tours, in-school educational programs, research projects, conferences, lectures and symposiums.
National Directory of African American Architects
- A directory of African American Architects.
Many private firm positions in urban planning will pop up at one of the sites below, but most governmental planning positions are posted only at the various city, county, and state websites and aren't aggregated in a single location.
Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)
- Leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. Job postings are available on this site.
Selected Professional Associations
A professional association is an organization of people who have similar career interests. These membership-based organizations often offer a reduced rate for students that allow access to the many resources they provide. Professional association websites can also offer job/internship databases as well as opportunities to find mentors or other contacts.
American Institute of Architects
- Based in Washington, D.C., the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857.
Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR)
- Since 1990, ADPSR has focused much of its effort on ecologically and socially responsible development. The New York and Chicago chapters have been offering non-partisan forums on various aspects of community development, with particular attention given to preserving a balanced ecology and social and economic equity.
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)
- A consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning. Acting together, the ACSP member school faculty are able to express their shared commitments to understanding the dynamics of urban and regional development, enhancing planning practices, and improving the education of both novice and experienced planners. -
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
- http:// www.asla.org
- The national professional association for landscape architects, representing 17,000 members in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters. The Society's mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments./ –
National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
- The sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture in the United States. Since most US state registration boards require any applicant for licensure to have graduated from a NAAB-accredited program, obtaining such a degree is an essential aspect of preparing for the professional practice of architecture.
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
(NCARB) - http://www.ncarb.org
- NCARB members are the architectural registration boards of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each registration board has state-appointed public and professional members as well as an administrator.
National Organization of Minority Architects
(NOMA) - http://www.noma.net/
- NOMA, an increasingly influential organization, promoting the quality and excellence of minority design professionals, has chapters in all parts of the country, increasing recognition on colleges and university campuses and providing greater access to government policy makers.
New York Society of Architects
- This organization comprised of licensed architects and other affiliated construction professionals who are intricately involved in the design and construction world of New York City, sees its role as THE link between all construction professionals, while providing a wide range of services to professionals, students and potential clients alike.
Society of Architectural Historians
- This not-for-profit membership organization and learned society promotes the study and preservation of the built environment worldwide. The Society's 3,500 members include architectural historians, architects, preservationists, students, professionals in allied fields and the interested public.