Posted on: April 19, 2017
IIDA NC Silicon Valley City Center celebrated the 10th anniversary of Portfolio Review and Career Day at SideMark Showroom in Santa Clara last weekend. With 51 students from San Jose State University, West Valley College, CCA, Academy of Art and San Francisco State attending and 37 professionals volunteering their time, it was a great success! Many students arrived early anxiously awaiting to have their portfolios and resumes reviewed (and get the goody bags). The morning was spent with students circulating between 30 portfolio review stations and 2 resume review stations as well as attending the Anatomy of Portfolio Workshop by Kent Wilson (SJSU) and Interview 101 Panel with Anna Harrison (Aedis Architects), Corinda Wong (Gensler), Emily Ransone (Sidemark) and Scott Colson (HGA).
After lunch everyone gathered to the panel on exploration of career paths with our great group of Designasours, industry veterans with the wealth of knowledge and wisdom as well as good humor. We listened about career trajectories of John Scouffas (Gensler, retired), Bill Gould (Artik Art & Architecture), Pamela Pennington (Pamela Pennington Studios), and Sandi Jacobs (SideMark). They shared their experiences and imparted advice to the future generation.
Best in Show Awards in form of valuable gift certificates for printing and supplies were handed out next to these talented winners: Austin Chen (SJSU),Julieta Horvath (SJSU), Katie Han (SJSU), Maryam Batouli (SJSU), Melissa Casipit (SJSU), Sarang Song (Academy of Art), Thu Le (SJSU), Vachik Zirakian (SJSU), Zhiyu Wang (CCA), We ended the by raffling off several chairs, task lights and bags as well as the two grand prizes – 11×17 color printers donated by IIDA.
Congratulations to the new generation of design professionals and a great thanks to our nurturing design community. And a big thankyou to our host SideMark and all of our great sponsors!
We are looking forward to 11th Annual Portfolio & Career Day in April 2018!