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 in the School 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,
- to enrich and expand his or her advanced design vocabulary through practical applications,
- to explore the many aspects of the practice of architecture that are not typically available to students,
- to expand his or her knowledge of architectural practice, such as project management, construction observation, landscape design, energy modeling, and
- to strengthen his or her professional profile upon graduation.
Two PRP Sessions are scheduled each academic year, one during the Spring and Summer semesters (January - August), and another during the Summer and Fall semesters (June - December). Students are expected to work on a full-time basis (40 hours/week) for a total of six months during their Residency session.
During the application process, the PRP Director and Administrators work closely with the students to develop their portfolios, assist them in creating a list of firms that they might like to join, and then support them in making connections with offices.
The PRP Director is the overall manager of the program. She advises students about specific firms and approves the assignment of students to the firms. Additionally, she serves as the academic advisor for the participating students and evaluates the students' progress and placement experience, assigning final grades following the program session.
The PRP Administrator works with the Director in advising the students on portfolio development, contacting offices, and tracking status of participating students. The Administrator is available to answer general questions from students and participating firms.
The PRP Program Coordinator assists the Director in the administration of the program, including application processing, tracking the status of participating students, maintaining lists of eligible firms, and updating student information. The Program Coordinator is available to answer general questions from students and participating firms.
* Judith Birsdong, Martin Haettsch and Charles DiPiazza are PRP Administrators and will be part of the team in subsequent semesters.
Professional Residency Program
310 Inner Campus Drive B7500
Austin, TX 78712-1009