Career Advisement

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The School of Architecture and Planning offers career advisement services to assist newly graduating students in their employment search and to guide current students looking for summer/future internships.

Career Advisement Coordinator

Elaine Chow is a professor of architecture at UB and registered architect with more than 20 years of experience. An alumna of UB’s undergraduate architecture program, she holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Email Elaine at with questions.

Explore career paths in architecture, design and related fields through workshops, seminars, and office hour sessions with a network of alumni Career Advisors. Learn from our graduates about their successful paths into emergent and traditional areas of practice as you prepare for your entry into the profession.

Office Hours Sessions

Speak one-on-one or in small groups with a network of alumni Career Advisors.

Ongoing, by appointment. Email for available time slots.

Ayla Abiad.

Ayla Abiad

Ayla Abiad (MArch '12) is an architectural designer at AE7 and founder of Build a Bridge, a nonprofit organization that assists refugees and new immigrants. Ayla will be particularly able to help international students with questions about working in the US, OPT, visas, etc.

Quardean Lewis-Allen.

Quardean Lewis-Allen

Quardean Lewis-Allen (BS Arch '09) is founder of Made in Brownsville in Brooklyn, a nonprofit organization that works with underrepresented youth in design and tech fields.

Mark Nusbaum.

Mark Nusbaum

Mark Nusbaum (MArch '85 & BPS '83) is principal of FXCollaborative in New York City. He has led construction administration for the restoration of NYC's Grand Central Terminal; the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Redevelopment; and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Renovation + Expansion.

Kim Sass.

Kimberly Sass

Kimberly Sass (MArch '16) is an architectural designer at HLW, a professional hockey player, and activist for equity in STEM fields and sports.

Mark Nusbaum.

Joey Swerdlin

Joey Swerdlin (BS Arch '09) is community director at Morpholio, a software company for creative fields and co-founder of community organizations.

Register to participate in any of our webinars
(Zoom invitation and session details to follow once you register)


Webinar series: Career conversations with alumni

Internship Wanted: Skills & Strategies

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Elaine Chow, Department of Architecture, and Ayla Abiad, architectural designer and founder of Build a Bridge, will share a presentation of basic skills focused on professional development. Topics will include: resumes, references, cover letters, job search strategies, interview prep, and more. Q&A session to follow.

Career Resources for International students

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Ayla Abiad, architectural designer and founder of Build a Bridge, will discuss resources for International students: peer review, TA, part-time research, advisement, student visa Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 students, part-time and full-time internships. Q&A session to follow.

Portfolio Workshop

Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Join a portfolio workshop that will highlight basic portfolio recommendations and opportunity to share portfolio pages for a group mark-up session.

Register to participate in any of our webinars
(Zoom invitation and session details to follow once you register)

Additional resources: UB career counseling

Ed Brodka.

Ed Brodka, Career Counselor
(716) 645-4618

Ed Brodka is a full-time Career Counselor who specializes in helping students prepare for their future job or internship. He can help you create or update your resume, Linkedin profile, cover letter or personal statement for graduate school. Once you get an interview for a job or internship, Ed can prepare you to put your best foot forward with a Practice Interview. Best of all, he can help you find and network with UB alumni and professionals in architecture, planning and environmental design.