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Career "road trip" takes students to firms and leading grads in NYC

Published February 24, 2017

Architecture students had a chance to connect with firms, alumni and the future of architecture through UB's Road Trip NYC career development program. The two-day event (Jan 11-12) included tours of CannonDesign, Gensler, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and REX Architecture. In addition to learning about the latest projects at each firm, students met with alums working there and toured the facilities for a sense of the work environment.  

Students also visited the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and its Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus with project design manager and alumnus Mike Garz (BA'72). Garz is senior vice president of architecture, engineering and construction management firm STV.

"Coffee chats," skill-building workshops and a university-wide student-alumni networking event rounded out the career-building road trip, now in its second year.   

Thank you to all our alumni participants!
Marc Bruffett, 1992, Gensler
Tim Dempsey, 1994, CBRE New York City 
Franklin Dickinson, 1985, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Anthony Dong, 1999, Local Projects
Mike Garz,1972, STV
Kendra Logan, 2005, Kendra E. Logan, RA
Tina Macica, 1993, STV
Michael Maggio, 2002, Ralph Appelbaum Associates
Suzanne Musho, 1993, Zubatkin
Mark Nusbaum, 1985, FXFOWLE

Other alumni involved included David Ottavio ('85), our host at KPF, and Ryan Koella ('12), from CannonDesign, as well as our host at Gensler, firm principal Maddy Burke-Vigeland, who serves as chair of our Dean’s Council.