Professional Residency Program

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PROFESSIONAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The Professional Residency Program [PRP] offers upper-level architecture students a unique opportunity to expand their education through work experience in the architectural profession. PRP has provided internship opportunities to honors students since 1974 and, over the past 25 years, our students have been linked with 300 firms in 30 countries.

The educational and professional objectives of the Residency Program are to:

  • Provide students the opportunity to further develop their professional skills,
  • Enrich and expand their advanced design vocabulary through practical applications,
  • Explore the many aspects of the practice of architecture that are not typically available to students,
  • Expand their knowledge of architectural practice, such as project management, construction observation, landscape design, energy modeling, and 
  • Strengthen their professional profile upon graduation.

    As an academic internship program, students are required to register for PRP course(s) while on residency. Students can choose to do PRP during the Spring/Summer Session (January - July) or the Summer/Fall Session (June - December). During residency, students are expected to work on a full-time basis (40 hours/week) for a minimum of six months and are not permitted to register for any non-PRP courses.

    During the application process, the PRP Director, Administrators, and Coordinator work closely with the students to develop their portfolios and additional application materials, provide guidance on selecting firms they might like to join, and then support them in making connections with offices. 

      ADMINISTRATION

      NICHOLE WIEDEMANN

      JUDY BIRDSONG

      PRP Director

      PRP Administrator

      CHARLES DI PIAZZA 

      MARLA SMITH

      PRP Administrator

      PRP Administrator

      EMERALD SMITH

       

      PRP Program Coordinator

       

      RECENT PARTICIPATING FIRMS

      Adept Architects (Copenhagen) Allied Works Architecture Architecture Research Office [ARO]
      Architecture Studio (Paris) Behnisch Architekten (Munich) Bercy Chen Studio
      Bjarke Ingels Group [BIG] (Copenhagen) Deborah Berke Partners Dick Clark + Associates
      Diller Scofidio + Renfro Duda Paine Architects Ennead
      Forge Craft Architecture Gensler (Austin) Guerin Glass
      Hacker Architects JaJa Architects (Copenhagen) KieranTimberlake
      KoKo Architecture and Design KPF (NY) Lake | Flato (San Antonio)
      LA-N-D [Lemmo Architecture and Design]                    Leroy Street Studio Architecture                        Mahlum Architects (Seattle)
      Marmol Radziner Maryann Thompson Architects Michael Hsu Office of Architecture        
      MVRDV (Rotterdam) nArchitects Olson Kundig Architects
      Overland Partners Page (Austin) Peterson Rich Office
      ShoP Architects Skylab Architecture Smith Holt Architecture
      Snøhetta (NY) Specht Architects Steven Holl Architects
      STG Design Studio Modh Tsao McKown Architects
      Weiss Manfredi Architects Work AC  

      PRP NOW!

      PRP Now! is a series of interviews that highlight a current Professional Residency Program student every few weeks. Follow us on Instagram @utsoaprp.

      STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

      The PRP Administration will make the final determination based on the applicants’ portfolios and GPAs. Typically, a maximum of thirty (30) students are admitted into the program each semester.

      To be eligible for participation, students must be a student in good standing enrolled in the Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture degrees at The University of Texas School of Architecture during the application semester and while on Residency, and:

      UNDERGRADUATE
      • Have successfully completed at least one Advanced Architectural Design Studio before the start of Residency (ARC 561R)
      • Need one Advanced Architectural Design Studio (ARC 561R) remaining to be completed at the School of Architecture after returning from a program session
      • Have a 3.0-grade point average in all coursework. If the student participated in a study abroad program (semester-long), there is an additional minimum of 3.5 GPA  in studio courses
      • Must be on campus during the application semester
      • Have no incomplete grades or other deficiencies at the point of application
      • Be cleared to participate by Student Conduct and Academic Integrity and the Office of the Dean of Students in consultation with the School of Architecture
      • Have a completed competitive portfolio
      • Have confirmation of acceptance after the PRP Application Review.
      GRADUATE
      • Have successfully completed at least one Advanced Architectural Design Studio before the start of Residency (ARC 696)
      • Have one Advanced Architectural Design Studio (ARC 696) remaining to be completed at the School of Architecture after returning from a program session
      • Have a 3.33-grade point average in all coursework
      • Must be on campus during the application semester
      • Have no incomplete grades or other deficiencies at the point of application
      • Be cleared to participate by Student Conduct and Academic Integrity and the Office of the Dean of Students in consultation with the School of Architecture
      • Have a completed competitive portfolio
      • Have confirmation of acceptance after the PRP Application Review

      INFORMATION FOR CURRENT STUDENTS

      Learn more about how to apply to the Professional Residency Program and about available PRP courses.

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