University of Oregon

College of Design

Career symposium offers recruitment, mentoring with dozens of professionals

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Practice interviews, portfolio reviews, and other mentoring opportunities are included in the event, which is free to students.

Student registration opens Monday, April 9, and registration by professionals seeking to recruit or mentor students is under way for the ninth annual Career Symposium to be held Thursday, April 26, in Portland.

The event is offered by the Office of Professional Outreach and Development for Students (PODS) in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts as a means for students to connect with professionals in their career fields of interest.

There is no fee to students; breakfast and lunch are provided as well as round-trip transportation from the Eugene campus. Students must register by April 19. Professionals are encouraged to register by April 6.

More than 50 professionals from architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, fine art, arts administration, art history, product design, historic preservation, and planning public policy and management will be available to meet with students.

Recruitment opportunities, including information tables and interviews by organizations actively recruiting for positions, are new this year. Also available are mentor sessions, roundtable topics, small group portfolio review, practice interviews, “speed dating” with professionals, and a networking lunch.

Students at the Career Symposium in Portland
Above: Students at the Career Symposium in Portland meet with professionals during the “speed dating” opportunity.

Professionals confirmed to participate this year include Joshua Cohen, owner, Fat Pencil Studio; Brian Bainnson, Quatrefoil, Inc.; Alisa Kane, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, City of Portland; Thea Wayburn, Dull Olson Weekes Architects, Inc.; Alan Bright, HOK Architecture; Janet Hull, ZGF Architects; Andy Weber and Lindsey Brennand of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Claire Maulhardt, Greenworks Landscape Architecture; Tonisha Toler, Regional Arts and Culture Council; Steve Sandstrom, Sandstrom Partners; Miriam Vareldzis, 40NOTES perfume; Kevin Cronin, Portland Development Commission; Jeff Schnabel, Portland State University professor and landscape architect; Teresa Chenney, Mayer Reed; and Erica Ceder, FFA Architects.

The event takes place at the Left Bank Annex, 101 N. Weidler Street, Portland. For more information, visit Professionals interested in participating may email Kassia Dellabough at or register at:

The symposium is held in conjunction with the spring A&AA Board of Visitors meeting.