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Meet our Alumni

Our alumni network reaches far and wide. As a graduate of NewSchool of Architecture & Design, you’ll join our network of alumni in countries all over the world.

Alumni Mentorship

The program abides by both Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ NCARB standards. It requires communication between alumni and students — whether via email, on the phone, or via Skype —at least once a month and in-person meetings at least once a quarter. Several organized events and mixers are scheduled throughout the school year specially catered to the program’s participants.

Why should both students and alumni consider investing their time in such a program? Because it will give faculty members, students, and alumni the opportunity to stay connected, expand their network, and connect to the industry in a unique way. To learn more about the Alumni Mentorship Program, including how to volunteer to serve as a mentor, email

Alumni Spotlights

Through these inspiring students, current and prospective students can gain insight into the possibilities and opportunities that await them as graduates of NewSchool.

Alumni Discounts

Did you know that a NewSchool alumni, you’re eligible for a 25% discount towards your master’s degree? Continuing your education is an excellent way to advance your career or earn your architecture licensure faster. NewSchool offers master’s degrees in Construction Management and Architecture.

Apply now! For more information about our programs and to receive your 25% discount, contact our Enrollment Team at or call (619) 684-8800.

Graduate Construction Management

Our Master of Construction Management program is an excellent way to develop your business management skills and enhance your career in either architecture or construction management. The program can be completed in just 12 months and is completely online making it a convenient option for working professionals.

Graduate Architecture

We offer a wide range of graduate architecture degrees including our Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL). The four-year graduate architecture program is designed to allow students to complete architectural licensure requirements while earning their graduate architecture degree, significantly reducing the time to launch their careers as licensed architects. We also offer tracks in Neuroscience and Healthy Urbanism.

Career Support Sevices

The Career Services Department offers a multitude of career planning and professional development resources for alumni, including:

  • Job Postings
  • Career Events: Throughout the year, the Career Services Department hosts a variety of networking events, including career panels, employer information sessions, and on-campus interviews
  • Job Search Assistance: Alumni can receive assistance in researching career options, writing their resumes and cover letters, and preparing for interviews

Alumni of the Year

Many of our alumni have gone on to do exceptional work in their field. Every year we recognize a NewSchool graduate who has made significant contributions to the profession, the community, and to the school. Alumni of the Year nominations are submitted throughout the year. For more information on submitting a nomination, click here.

  • 1999: Leslie Henegar
  • 2000: Not awarded
  • 2001: Claudia Salazar | Class of 1998
  • 2002: Rick Espana, AIA | Class of 1995
  • 2003: Rene Peralta | Class of 1995
  • 2004: John Hinkel | Class of 1991
  • 2005: Richard Licata, AIA | Class of 2002
  • 2006: Not awarded
  • 2007: David Pfeifer, AIA | Class of 1987
  • 2008: Richard Jennings, FAIA | Class of 2004
  • 2009: Dr. Shari Grant, AIA | Class of 1999
  • 2010: Duane Hagewood | Class of 1996
  • 2011: Bruce T. Fallon, AIA | Class of 2000
  • 2012: Christopher Bittner, AIA | Class of 1997
  • 2013: Ben White
  • 2014: Umber Zazmi
  • 2015: Jorge A. Zapata
  • 2016: Christine Lampert, AIA, NCARB | Class of 2009
  • 2017: Dr. Eve Edelstein | Class of 2006
  • 2018: Stephen Russell | Class of 2010
  • 2019: Kian Manoochehri Farr | Class of 2001
  • 2020: Melina Aluwi, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Class of 2010

Get Involved

The next step is for you to become an active participant in what we hope will be a lifelong relationship! We have many ways for you to get involved:

Gain the most from your membership in the NewSchool Alumni Association by becoming actively involved in as many ways as possible. Opportunities include:

  • Helping us find internships and job opportunities for students and recent grads
  • Volunteering to be an Alumni Ambassador at Open House, representing your company at one of our career fairs, or assisting with outreach at college fairs or other recruiting events
  • Sharing your NewSchool experience with our prospective students
  • Refer a prospective student for the Alumni Legacy Scholarship

Contact Alumni Relations

Contact Information

Richard Hess, Director of Career Services

Office Hours

Monday – Friday | 8 AM – 5 PM

Alumni Advisory Board

The Alumni Advisory Board is comprised of officers and board members. Each of these members chooses to dedicate their most valuable time on a voluntary basis to keep our alumni connected with NewSchool.

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Officers: To be announced.

  • President:
  • Vice Presidents:
  • Treasurer:
  • Secretary:
  • Media Coordinator:
  • Delegates:
  • Board Member:

Contact to learn more.

Alumni Projects

Alumni of the Year 2021 Call for Nominations

The NewSchool of Architecture & Design Alumni Advisory Board is seeking candidates for the 2021 Alumni of the Year Award. This prestigious honor is awarded annually to a NewSchool graduate who has made significant contributions to the profession, the community, and to the school. All entries, local and nationwide, are encouraged.

To nominate yourself or other alumni from NewSchool, the nominator is responsible for preparing the submission items listed below before the applicable deadline. This package must accompany the nomination and is therefore due to NewSchool by the submission deadline on Friday, September 03. 2021.

You will be asked to submit the following as part of the package:

  • A one-page nomination statement
  • A minimum of a five-page CV indicating the activities that are articulated in the nomination statement
  • At least one letter of support from a NewSchool alum to NewSchool faculty or staff member, different from the nominated candidate

The individual must meet the following qualifications to be considered for the Distinguished Alumni Award:

  • The candidate must have successfully graduated from an academic program offered at NewSchool
  • A minimum of ten years must have elapsed since graduation
  • There must be no record of illegal misconduct

All materials may be submitted through this online process via this link:

If you have additional questions or prefer to email the required documentation, please contact the Director of Career & Alumni Services, Lisa Ganem at