Did you meet your future boss at yesterday's architecture careers fair?

5 September 2012

The hearth was thrumming to the sounds of Faculty students and staff from 11 of Sydney's biggest names in architecture at the 2012 Architecture Careers Fair.

The well-attended event was students' chance to get advice straight-from-the-horses'-mouths of what these leading firms are looking for when hiring graduates. Representatives were on-hand from:

  • Woods Bagot
  • Bates Smate
  • Cox Richardson Architects and Planners
  • Noel Bell
  • Ridley Smith
  • PMDL Architecture and Design
  • Kannfinch
  • Hassell
  • Rice Daubney
  • Jackson Teece
  • Thomson Adsett.

Students had the opportunity to discuss all aspects of working as an architect and what they can do during their remaining studies to get that important first job.

For the firms, it was a chance to see the talented work produced by our students and their first chance to compete for new graduates.

Many of our students go on to become leaders of the architectural profession, so these leading firms are keen to compete to attract our students to their graduate programs.

Cox Richardson Architect's Ramin Jahromi said that careers fairs are a great opportunity to see the directions taken by students and where their interests lie.

"I'm interested in seeing what everyone wants to do. It's really quite rare to be in a situation where you can get student feedback on your firm. It's a good gauge of how the wider field sees you," Jahromi said.

His advice to candidates applying for a position with Cox is clear: be passionate. As much of Cox's work focuses on the design of commercial buildings, they are also looking for specialist skills.

"We want someone with a strong skillset and an above-average knowledge of construction," Jahromi said. "We don't hire drafters; we hire graduates at a higher level that can come in and document. Documentation is a large role in the firm."

A selection of printed materials supplied by the firms is available for students to browse in the foyer on Level 4 of the Wilkinson Building.