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Building Careers with FAUM CO-OP Summer 2023!

September 15, 2023 — 

Thanks to the support of alumni, regional professionals, and employers across Canada, the Faculty of Architecture’s Co-op program had yet another successful year!

Twenty-five students from the Faculty of Architecture secured work terms in summer 2023 – including positions in Winnipeg and Surrey, BC.

These experiential learning opportunities help build professional skills and knowledge, foster career development, and expose young designers to inspiring and important work.

Student Experience

Kylie Tokariwski, an ED4 Architecture student spent her summer Co-op work term at Holz Constructors Incorporated.  For Kylie, this placement enabled her to hone her technical skills – from building pre-fab wall panels to detailing construction drawings, Kylie was able to use her foundational knowledge that she learnt in school and apply it to the professional world. When asked about the most valuable take away from her summer placement, she said, “nothing beats building a wall panel from scratch. From framing, to sheathing, to applying waterproofing, I will never forget how a wall goes together!”


Enhancing Skills with Experiential Learning

Over 100 Faculty of Architecture students participated in Co-op in 2022-2023. Everyone involved benefited from career-development workshops, including sessions on interview skills, resumé composition and cover letter writing. Additionally, students enjoyed trans-disciplinary exchanges with one another across different streams and with potential employers from multiple design, planning and construction sectors.

The annual portfolio workshop allowed students to network and gain personalized feedback, detailed advice and inspirational encouragement.

Thank you to the numerous professionals, including representatives from the MAA, MALA, MPPI and PIDIM, who dedicated time and insights to this valuable mentorship opportunity.



Cooperation and Partnership Development

Launched in 2018, the Faculty of Architecture’s Cooperative Education/Integrated Work Program option is designed to complement academic study with paid work experience, enabling students to sharpen skills, apply knowledge, broaden perspectives, and consider future career specialization. Co-op students have worked internationally, across Canada and in the north, helping businesses and communities prosper.

Co-op is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all streams of the Environmental Design program (ED3-level and higher) and all Masters programs (Architecture, City Planning, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture).


Thinking to hire a Co-op student in 2024?

We welcome opportunities in all design and planning fields, as well as government, not-for-profit and commercial sectors. Four, eight, twelve and sixteen-month work terms are available, typically beginning in May. Hiring incentives for employers, including Manitoba tax credits, are available. Find out more here.


Thank you to the 2023 participating Co-op employers:

Champagne Landscaping
FAUM Workshop
Little Bluestem Landscape Architecture
Sputnik Architecture
Scatliff Milller Murray
Shape Industries
St. James Assiniboia School Division
Geller’s Design | Build | Landscape
Boreal Architecture
Grey & Ivy
Thinkspace Architecture
Kindret Landscaping
Verne Reimer Architecture
Holz Construction
LM Architectural Group

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