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Career fair bound? Six tips from a recent grad.

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Two years ago, I attended the architecture and interior design career fair at Oklahoma State as a student with big ideas about the kind of firm I would land at upon graduation. It was a snowy and cold Tuesday and I braved an icy walk in heels to the Architecture Building. With my own business cards and resume in hand, I walked in on a mission to find a summer internship with a great firm. Not only did I land the internship, the position led to a job offer that started right after graduation. Here’s what I know now.

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Burning at both ends: the working and grad school combo

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*Editor’s Note: Most of us already know that architecture school is an endurance challenge–more exam hours than medical students, lack of sleep, studio, etc.–but education in the profession so often continues beyond the Bachelors degree. Many people in the field juggle a full-time professional workload, family and personal demands, and continuing education. At KSQ we have numerous staff members who are dealing with this reality, so we thought we’d highlight some of their stories. Follow along and see why architecture is a profession that requires passion…and a lot of coffee.

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KSQ News: New Associates and Senior Associates

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KSQ is pleased to announce the recent promotion of the following senior associates and new associates.

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KSQ “Giving to the Schools” with SMPS

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KSQ’ers along with fellow Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) members in Charlotte, NC, recently helped Classroom Central’s Free Store through the chapter’s “Giving to the Schools” community project. The Classroom Central Free Store serves over 100,000 students in poverty in six North Carolina school districts, and helps students have the supplies they need to be prepared to succeed and learn in school.

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Daylighting helps students make the grade

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guest post by Bob Ford, President & CEO, SerraLux

Daylighting In Schools
We want what’s best for our kids, right? One way my own kids revitalize during the long school day is by having their all-important recess breaks. At recess, they go outside and move their bodies in tune with nature, taking in fresh air and sunshine. When I ask them what is their favorite class, “recess” is always their answer! So I figure, why limit the “feel good” benefits to the outdoors? Let’s bring some nature into the classroom and let our kids feel the benefits throughout the day.

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KSQ Announces New Associates

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KSQ has promoted Dan Hartenstine and David Meech to associates. Both Dan and David are key KSQ/peterson staff members who work out of KSQ’s Charlotte, NC, office.

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Swimming in the Deep End: My Summer Internship at KSQ

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by Sarah Farnan, Oklahoma State University

As the fall semester begins and thoughts of Red Bull and all-nighters begin to flash across my mind, I am thankful to have this summer’s memories from interning at KSQ to keep me sane. It has been nothing short of an incredible experience being welcomed into the KSQ family and to have been given the high-quality mentorship that fostered growth and development in my professionalism and passion for creating spaces that truly impact a community.

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Why our buildings must balance connections with people, technology

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Not long ago I visited a museum that was advertised as highly interactive. And interactive it was. One could hear the words of history from the participants themselves. Technology was brought to life through video, touch screens and “intelligent tables.” I found myself presented with a history that I never knew, and reinforcement of history that I was already familiar with. In the three hours that I spent there, I learned a lot. But only later when I discussed my experience with the other people in our group did that knowledge truly come to life and deepen my understanding.

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10 Tips from the Groundbreaking Women in Construction Conference

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I attended a conference called GWIC – Groundbreaking Women in Construction this summer and wanted to give you a little taste of the experience. The conference, held once a year in Manhattan, is attended by women and men that have an affiliation of some sort in the industry.  I’m not going to lie, it was primarily women in the auditorium, but there were a handful of men as well, many of whom are CEOs of large construction or engineering companies in the area.

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Clients Say It Best

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Our firm has been honored to work with Texas Christian University for more than 18 years, during which time we have helped transform student housing (and now dining) on the campus. From residence hall renovations to the iconic Campus Commons and now Worth Hills Village, our work there is at the top of our portfolio “must see” list. We recently sat down with Craig Allen, TCU Director of Housing & Residence Life to get his take on how KSQ has performed over the years. When it comes to telling your story, no one says it better than a happy client.

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