Career Advisement

The School of Architecture and Planning offers career advisement services to assist newly graduating students in their employment search and to guide current students looking for summer/future internships.

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Explore career paths in architecture, design and related fields through workshops, seminars, and office hour sessions with a network of alumni Career Advisors. Learn from our graduates about their successful paths into emergent and traditional areas of practice as you prepare for your entry into the profession.

Career Advisement Coordinators

Elaine Chow

Elaine Chow is a professor of architecture at UB and registered architect with more than 20 years of experience. An alumna of UB’s undergraduate architecture program, she holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Email Elaine at with questions.

Speak one-on-one or in small groups with a network of alumni Career Advisors.

Office Hours Sessions

Ongoing, by appointment. Email for available time slots.

Alumni Career Ambassadors

Ayla Abiad.

Ayla Abiad

Ayla Abiad (MArch '12) is an architectural designer at AE7 and founder of Build a Bridge, a nonprofit organization that assists refugees and new immigrants. Ayla will be particularly able to help international students with questions about working in the US, OPT, visas, etc.

Quardean Lewis-Allen.

Quardean Lewis-Allen

Quardean Lewis-Allen (BS Arch '09) is founder of Made in Brownsville in Brooklyn, a nonprofit organization that works with underrepresented youth in design and tech fields.

Mark Nusbaum.

Mark Nusbaum

Mark Nusbaum (MArch '85 & BPS '83) is principal of FXCollaborative in New York City. He has led construction administration for the restoration of NYC's Grand Central Terminal; the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Redevelopment; and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Renovation + Expansion.

Kim Sass.

Kimberly Sass

Kimberly Sass (MArch '16) is an architectural designer at HLW, a professional hockey player, and activist for equity in STEM fields and sports.

Mark Nusbaum.

Joey Swerdlin

Joey Swerdlin (BS Arch '09) is community director at Morpholio, a software company for creative fields and co-founder of community organizations.

Career Advisement Webinars

We offer a range of free career advisement webinars for students and recent graduates. View our latest offerings via our events listing. You can also view past webinars with topics such as Architectural Internships, OPT for International Students, and Portfolio via the school's portal on the UB Learns website.

UB Career Design Center

Ed Brodka.

Ed Brodka
Career Design Consultant

Ed Brodka is a full-time Career Design Consultant who specializes in helping students prepare for their future job or internship. He is available to help you create or update your resume, LinkedIn profile, cover letter or personal statement for graduate school. Once you secure an interview for a job or internship, Ed can help prepare you to put your best foot forward with a practice interview. Best of all, he can help you find and network with UB alumni and professionals in architecture, planning and environmental design.