What Firm is Right for Me? A Four-Part Series

This summer our Emerging Professionals Program is once again offering a free webinar series for students. This year’s series is all about finding and getting the perfect job, from researching design firms to portfolio and interview tips. Sign up here and attend the ones that interest you or come to all four. Each session will have a Q&A portion so bring your questions!

Deciding where to apply and where to work can be a daunting process. How do you get started and what should you look for? Register here for this four-part series where we will start with a general discussion on researching firms and what to consider when looking for employment in the design industry. From what to consider and questions to ask, to portfolio and interview tips and the path to licensure, you will also learn about some of the benefits of integrated design through our architectural, structural, interiors, and sustainability studios.

Wed, July 14, 12-1 p.m. PST | Presentation 1: Researching Design Firms – What to Consider & Questions to Ask

Wed, July 21, 12-1 p.m. PST | Presentation 2: Portfolio Tips

Wed, July 28, 12-1 p.m. PST | Presentation 3: Interview Tips

Wed, August 4, 12-1 p.m. PST | Presentation 4: The Path to Becoming an Licensed Architect

Part I Researching Design Firms

Whether it be for an internship or a full-time position, finding the right firm for you can be a daunting process. With so much talk about salary and benefits, the other things that will have a much greater impact on your job satisfaction can be overlooked. In this presentation, additional factors you should consider will be highlighted, giving you the right tools to begin your job search.

Danielle Smith, SE | Structural Project Manager, EP Program Director
Claire Seger, Architect | Education Studio
Bianca Dyke, Interior Designer | Interiors Studio

Part II Portfolio Tips

What do you put into a portfolio? How do you showcase that work in an organized manner? How can you speak to the best of your work during an interview? The first half of the this webinar will be a presentation about designing, organizing, and presenting a portfolio geared towards the architecture profession. The second half will be an open Q&A session so bring your portfolio questions! The hosts will be industry professionals that frequently look at and critique portfolios during interviews.


Part III Interview Tips

Although there are plenty of Interviewing 101 tips to be found on the web, how do those tips translate for interviews in the Architecture, Design, & Engineering industries? What should you do in advance to prepare for your interview? Can you ask too many questions? This presentation will touch on general topics such as dress, introductions, and preparation, but will also present aspects unique to the to the A&E industries such as using how to use your portfolio during the interview and communicating your passions and why you’re the right fit, tips for interview anxiety, and more!


Part IV The Path to Becoming a Licensed Architect

You graduated… now what? The licensure process for Architects can seem overwhelming when you’re first starting out. This licensure presentation will layout the immediate steps you should follow after graduation, as well as demystify the process of obtaining an architecture license in the state of California. We will dive into AXP, ARE, NCARB, and state level processes you will need to understand in order to become an Architect!

Matthew Harris, Architect | Northern California Licensing Advisor for AIA California AEP


Lionakis offers a unique professional development experience that includes dedicated annual PD time, a robust catalog of in-house training opportunities and the Emerging Professionals program known as EP. The EP program provides staff working towards licensure with additional resources and mentorship to aid them on their journey to becoming well rounded licensed professionals. Each summer, the EP Program is also home to Student Interns and a series of interactive learning and working opportunities, to assist up and coming designers with pursuing their careers as they emerge from their design programs.