SoA Alumni Panel and Networking Reception

Networking reception immediately follows in CFA Alumni Concert Hall
M 05 Nov | 5:00pm | Kresge Theatre (map)
Co-sponsored by the CMU Career and Professional Development Center


nEXt-UP is a conversation on architectural careers with SoA alumni. The event features a panel discussion on the diversity of career trajectories possible following the powerful experience and foundation of an architectural education.

The event will begin with presentations from each of our alumni panelists on their work, followed by a moderated panel discussion. The panel explores the experience and perspectives of our panelists, how they leveraged their education to get to where they are today, and how their professional career, work, and research were informed by their education in the School of Architecture. The panelists will share their experiences in practice, education, and other related ventures.

Following the panel discussion is a reception providing the opportunity for attendees to network with our moderator, panelists, invited guests, alumni, and current students.

5:00-5:30pm: Panelist Introductions

5:30-6:00pm: Moderated Questions & Discussion

6:00-7:30pm: Alumni Networking Reception

Moderator: Christine Mondor, EvolveEA


  • Erica Cochran, CMU School of Architecture
  • Avneet Gujral, Sustainable Design Consulting LLC
  • Zekun (Suzy) Li, PhD-BPD Candidate, CMU School of Architecture
  • Lauren Schmidt, KPF
  • Rachel Zsembery, Bergmeyer Associates, Inc.