The A-school Young Alumni Council (AYAC) hosted happy hours and receptions during the School’s Externship Week from January 7-11th in six cities: New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston. Over 100 young alumni came out to welcome the current A-school students in town for their one-week externship placement into local firms and offices during the end of winter break. The AYAC Externship Week Happy Hours, now in its second year, have been a huge success. Students are able to network with young alumni in the area and learn more about the working environment in that city, ask for career and graduate school advice, and even get helpful recommendations for good restaurants and activities for the week. The events are sponsored by the U.Va. School of Architecture (SARC) Foundation and the AYAC, and in some cases the host firm, as well.
The AYAC was founded in 2011 to act as a resource for the young alumni and student communities for job and grad school advice, promote networking, fundraising and continuing education opportunities, and to strengthen the connection between the A-school and its recent graduates. The Externship Program at the School of Architecture received 120 applications and placed 109 students in firms and companies in 37 cities across the country and abroad. Students have the opportunity to work for one-week, unpaid to gain experience and insight into the profession.
The AYAC in NYC and the SARC Foundation hosted a happy hour at BXL Zoute on Monday, January 7, 2013 with over 20 young alumni and 15 externship students enjoying Belgian beers and croquettes. With Meri Tepper, Alex Fernandez de Mesa, Chris Donnelly, Colin Curley and Rajika Goel.
Kim from the SARC Foundation and the AYAC in NYC members, Colin, Meri, Chris and Alex
The AYAC in DC + Baltimore and the SARC Foundation hosted a happy hour at The Board Room on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 with over 25 young alumni and 6 externship students enjoying drinks and nerve-wracking rounds of Giant Jenga. With Renee Pean, Elizabeth Milnarik, Steven Reilly, Kathleen Smith, Sara Harper and Jaime Norwood.
AYAC members Kathleen Smith, Elizabeth Milnarik, Renee Pean, Sara Harper, Steven Reilly and Jaime Norwood
The AYAC in Philadelphia, the SARC Foundation and KieranTimberlake hosted a reception and open studio at KieranTimberlake on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 with over 20 alumni from all years and 4 externship students enjoying an update of the School and a tour of the office. With Fatima Olivieri, Megan Bucknum, Sophia Lee and Sarah Bolivar.
A-school Alumni and Students at KieranTimberlake
The AYAC in San Francisco hosted a happy hour at Rye on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 welcoming a handful of students and young alumni for drinks and conversation. With Lauren Hackney.
The AYAC in Chicago and the SARC Foundation hosted a happy hour at Rockit Bar on Thursday, January 10, 2013 with 4 young alumni – several who just recently moved to the Chicago area. With Patrick Woods.
The AYAC in Boston and the SARC Foundation hosted a happy hour at Russell Tavern on Thursday, January 10, 2013 with over 30 young alumni and externship students enjoying a cold Boston day with drinks and snacks. With Marilyn Moedinger, Kyle Sturgeon, Emily Williamson, Elisa Mazareas, and Bernard Harkless.