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Presented by Brayton Gregory, Goli Jalali and Chris Parkinson. Moderated by Izzy Kornblatt

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the unique career paths taken by three successful US architects.
  2. Explain how early decisions made by these architects helped them grow and thrive in their careers.
  3. Discuss the challenges and opportunities students can face as they pursue architectural careers.
  4. List key qualities and skills successful firms look for in up-and-coming architects.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

The webinar will explore different avenues for architecture graduates to pursue their careers, with three presenters: one who entered practice at a large firm; one who started his or her own firm; and one who engaged in a less traditional path.


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Izzy Kornblatt, Contributing Editor of Architectural Record and former news and digital editor of the magazine.

Brayton Gregory, received his Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a B.A in architecture from Clemson University, where he was the recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi Medal.

Brayton is currently an architect in SOM's New York office, where he has been involved in the design development of the Olympic Village for the Milan Winter Olympics and various design competitions in New York, Miami, and Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining SOM, he taught in Harvard’s Design Discovery Virtual program and worked at various firms in Massachusetts and South Carolina. Brayton’s work has been published in Metropolis, Platform 11: Setting the Table, Beyond the Built Environment’s Great Designers Library, and Log 43.

Goli Jalali, is an architectural designer and structural engineer based in London and Vancouver. Her work uses cultural artifacts to reconstruct and narrate history. Her thesis at the Harvard Graduate School of Design explored the idea of a contemporary image of paradise in the Iranian imagination by using “Persian Carpets” and “Persian Paintings” as tools for designing architecture.

She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where she teaches an option studio titled “The Magic Carpet.” She received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in civil engineering with distinction from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Science in Emergent Technologies and Design from the Architectural Association in London, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard.

Chris Parkinson, is the co-founder of the architecture and urbanism practice Group Architecture and Urbanism, the public humanities and architecture non-profit organization The Mastheads, and the construction company Built Work Construction. These three organizations work collaboratively on buildings, installations, and public programs across various scales of space and place with a focus on dis-invested cities and communities. Prior to his work with those entities, Chris worked for Gray Organschi Architects in New Haven, CT and Amory Architects in Boston, MA. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Amherst College and a an M.Arch. from the Yale School of Architecture.


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Originally published in October 2022