Potholes on the Path to Licensure: Challenges Facing Today's Emerging Professionals
Few jobs, low salary, student debt - it's a tough time to be graduating from architecture schoo. The Master of Architecture degree recently checked in at #9 on the list of the worst degrees in today's economy. While architecture has always been a cyclical profession, today's slow recovery coupled with ever increasing student debt loads present real challenges for recent graduates (as well as for our profession's ability to attract the best and brightest). Our panel will look at the issues from academic, professional, and student viewpoints, and consider potential solutions. Panelists include:
- Renée Cheng, AIA; University of Minnesota School of Architecture
- Jeremy Mayberg, AIA; RSP Architects
- Rachel Riopel Wiley, AIA; HDR Inc.
- Laurie McGinley, Assoc. AIA
James Lutz, AIA, University of Minnesota School of Architecture, will also present. Organized by the Associate Directors subcommittee. Register today!
About the panelists:
Renee Cheng, AIA
Renée Cheng is Head of the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota. A registered architect, she has been recognized for teaching excellence with numerous awards and appears on national lists of influential educators.
Professor Cheng has written on the topic of architectural education in the context of emerging practices and technology. In numerous roles, she has served the Association of Collegiate School of Architecture and the AIA as an advisor on how integrated practice affects the future of architectural curricular and professional practice.
Jeremy P. Mayberg, AIA
Jeremy graduated from the University Of Minnesota School of Architecture in 1972. He is the Co-Chair of the AIA MN Council of Firms. He is a principal at RSP Architects where he leads the Cultural Design Studio. Projects of note include the expansion and remodeling of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Minneapolis Children’s Theater; and the new Musical Instrument Theater in Phoenix, AZ.
Rachel Riopel Wiley, AIA
Rachel is a graduate of North Dakota State University in 2005, and has been registered in the state of Minnesota since 2009. She is currently the Central Region BIM Director for HDR Inc. leading change by consulting with project teams and clients to support effective technology integration. Since 2006, she has been an active member of both the AIA Minnesota’s Emerging Professionals and IDP Committees teaching ARE Review courses and focusing on issues that impact the emerging professional.
Laurie McGinley, Assoc. AIA
Laurie McGinley is an Intern who recently completed an M. Arch and M.S. in Sustainable Design. She strives to find a way to make architecture a financially viable career choice. She welcomes ideas on how to do that.
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