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On Friday, October 29th the Women in Architecture student group from Dutchess Community College’s Architectural Technology Program met with architect Carol Kurth, AIA, of the Office of Carol J.W. Kurth, Architect, PC located in Bedford, NY for a discussion of architectural education and the profession. The focus of the DCC group is to bring together the underrepresented female enrollment in the program to discuss education and career paths.
Six women architecture students from the college were joined by Catherine McGuire AIA, a faculty member in the program. Carol started the morning by introducing herself and discussing her personal experiences in education and the career field. She spoke with each student about their own education and plans. Ms. Kurth went on to talk about architectural colleges she is familiar with through her own teaching experiences, and about how the students should prepare portfolios as they seek to transfer or enter the job market.
Carol’s words that a student’s portfolio should represent who they are rather than follow a fixed template resonated with many of the women. Carol shared a presentation with the group about the firm's Link House project that won an award the previous evening at the Annual AIA Westchester Mid Hudson Design Awards.
The morning concluded with a tour of her firm and opportunity to meet her team, including a discussion of the work process and projects that were currently under way. Inspired and motivated, the women from DCC cameaway from the event excited about the prospects in embarking on careers in the design profession.
Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College is a two-year community college with more than 50 years of service to the residents of Dutchess County. Visit www.sunydutchess.edu.