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Why choose Drexel Architecture? There are a variety of reasons, but a consistently cited reason is to become engaged with practice early in the study of architecture. Our students are looking for relevant experience in practice that will inform their academic studies. Other important reasons include the ability to earn a salary while in school and to gain a significant measure of independence in pursuing their education.

Drexel facilitates the connection to the profession with an adjunct faculty of practicing architects, many of whom are leaders in their firms in the Philadelphia region. Our full-time professors and staff support the adjunct faculty and oversee curriculum that explores contemporary issues in our city and neighborhood.

While Drexel is known for a commitment to the COOP work experience, our program is different in that it emphasizes full-time employment. We help our students get jobs as they enter the evening program. We do this through our pool of adjunct professionals, by reinforcing useful skill sets, posting job listings on our website and by helping students to prepare for interviews with resume and website portfolio reviews.

In our current senior class, 95% of the students are employed in design practices and earning IDP credits towards their professional registration requirements. Our students are hard working, dedicated employees who are much sought after in the local design marketplace. The following stories describe some of our current students experiences.


Marissa Gray

2nd Year, 2+4 Program

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Marissa Gray

Jacob Gulezian

4th year Evening Student

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Jacob Gulezian

Darinel Tapia

4th year Evening Student

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Darinel Tapia

Zoe Spencer

5th year Evening Student

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Zoe Spencer

Katrina Connors

6th year Evening Student

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Katrina Conners

Rob Hallock

7th Year Thesis Student

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Rob Hallock