Event WiA Presents: So you've got your degree, now what?

November 1, 2021 - 6:00pm to November 5, 2021 - 5:00pm

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Virtual meetings and in-person tours at select firms Austin , TX


Join us for a week of virtual and in-person events to help prepare upcoming architecture graduates for your next step - getting a job! 

Hosted by the Women in Architecture committee of AIA Austin
This event is open to all graduating students, inclusive of non-binary/gender-nonconforming applicants.
All are welcome.

Event Schedule & Info:

Monday Nov 1 | Virtual panel discussion | Career Paths: What can I do with an architecture degree? 
Led by female architects, interns, project managers and firm leaders

Panelists (see bios below):
Nkiru Gelles, Assoc. AIA, Lead Designer at milk + honey design
Ann Armstrong, architect, welder, educator, and experience designer
Alexandra Chaves, Assoc. AIA, Project Manager at Restructure Studio
Pooja Shetty, Assoc. AIA, Architecture Team at O'Connell Robertson
Christine Sheng, Assoc. AIA, Client Director, Rogers-O'Brien Construction

Tuesday Nov 2 - Thursday Nov 4 | 1-on-1 Meetings
One hour personal sessions pairing architecture students and professionals for constructive and candid advice on resumes, portfolios, the interview process, etc. Need some feedback on your portfolio? Have questions about the job interview process? We have AIA members who want to help!
Available session times:

Tuesday Nov 2nd

  • 8:30am
  • 2:00pm
  • 6:30pm

Wednesday Nov 3rd

  • 8:30am
  • 2:00pm
  • 6:30pm 

Thursday Nov 4th

  • 8:30am
  • 2:00pm
  • 6:30pm 

Friday Nov 5 | Office Tours
In person tours of select firms in Austin. All tours are limited to 10 participants. Masks required.





All are welcome
Learn more about AIA Austin Women in Architecture here.


Nkiru Gelles, Assoc. AIA

Nkiru Mokwe Gelles was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She received her undergraduate degree from The Bartlett School of Architecture in London in 2004 and her Masters from Rice University in Houston in 2009. Nkiru is currently the Lead Designer with milk + honey design, heading the design team for the Austin based day spa's national rollout. Previously Nkiru worked with Michael Hsu Office of Architecture on a wide range of commercial, hospitality and custom residential projects including the Line hotel, P6 restaurant and bar. Before relocating to Texas Nkiru lived and worked in London, New York and Hong Kong. She was part of the winning design team for the Diller Scofidio + Renfro Stanford University School of Art and Art History and the Broad Museum in Los Angeles. Nkiru is currently the Chair of the AIA Austin Woman In Architecture Austin committee, recipient of the 2021 AIA Austin Community Service Award.


Ann Armstrong

Ann is an architect, welder, educator and experience designer. Her recent built projects include adaptive reuse, ground up construction, and mobile retail. Her creative work takes the form of illustrated field guides, site specific workshops, play structures, immersive walks, interpretive programming, public sculpture, and cartography. She loves developing creative tools to connect people with place, ecology, and history.

Alexandra Chaves, Assoc. AIA

Alexandra Chaves, Assoc. AIA is a Project Manager at Restructure Studio where her organizational skills, professionalism and eye for detail allow her to excel. Venezuelan born, Alexandra initiated her Architecture studies in Caracas, Venezuela at Universidad Santa Maria. In 2002, she came to the US to complete her degree. She holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts majoring in Architecture and Masters in Architecture from SCAD. In 2006, She moved to NYC where she worked in different boutique Architectural firms dedicated to custom residential design. Alexandra finally moved to Austin in 2018 to be closer to family, and has found the working culture at Restructure Studio to be the perfect balance between being a working mom and daily work life tasks. Moving forward, she plans to pursue licensure in Texas. She has been actively involved with AIA Austin since 2018. She is the creator and chair of the ‘Profiles’ interview video series subcommittee for WiA Austin.


Pooja Shetty, Assoc. AIA

Pooja Shetty, Assoc. AIA had trouble picking between three majors: political science, social work, and architecture. Out of a series of what felt like merely rational decisions, she chose to start in architecture. By 2015, when she graduated from Northeastern University with her Bachelor of Science in Architecture, she felt torn between doing what she loved and staying in a profession that burned her out. She took a gap year at home in Austin, TX, before deciding to attend graduate school at The University of Houston, where she earned her Master of Architecture in 2018. The K-12 sector has proven to feed Pooja’s soul in a particular way that, combined with the community found in AIA Austin, has helped her finally feel comfortable in the industry. 

Christine Sheng, Assoc. AIA

Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Christine (Chris) Sheng brings her knowledge and expertise to Rogers-O’Brien Construction as a Client Director for the Austin and San Antonio regions. Anyone who knows Chris would agree that she lives by the philosophy to spend her life making the lives of others easier. Leveraging 6+ years practicing architecture, she has consistently chosen a spirit of generosity, mentorship, and advocacy, and champions what she believes in.
Chris co-founded the ACE Mentor Program of Austin and currently serves on its advisory board. A champion of AIA Austin, she has held a variety of roles within the organization including committee member for Architecture for Health, presenter for the Building Envelope Council, chair of the Allied Round Table, and board member. Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending quality time with her 2-year-old son.