Public and nonprofit practices are playing an increasing role in the professional development of young architects and yield great benefits for all concerned. The entrepreneurialism, close client contact, and quality design work achieved by those fortunate enough to obtain these positions make them desirable for traditional firms who want experienced interns. Yet, the architecture profession does not support these unique training settings as thoroughly as professions such as law and medicine do, so the interns who wish to gain this kind of experience, and those who are in need of services, both go wanting.
Success stories The Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellowship is a national program that places architecture graduates in design positions with local nonprofit organizations for three years. “The common thread of the fellows’ work is that they often make a project where there might not be a project otherwise” said Katie Swenson, FAIA, director of the Rose Architectural Fellowship and a former fellow herself. “In many ways, a nonprofit design experience is more entrepreneurial than working in a private firm would be.”