Our blog post this week is the start of a new series focused on alternative career paths in architecture. Our first guest is a student from graduate studio, Austin Weisman. Austin is a design manager at Wright Pratt Air Force base in Dayton Ohio and will be welcome at our Co-op fair if anyone has additional questions about his path.

How did you find out about this opportunity?

My mom's friends' younger brother is my boss, but more opportunities for people without those connections can be found at around the country (and some international).

How does this job help students?

There is a student program called PCIP which lasts between 10-12 weeks (and leads into PAQ) and you can also earn AXP hours while working on base. Additionally, there are plenty of scholarships since this position is aging out fast in the military with large sign-on bonuses, programs to pay-back college cost, and full tuition if you work for two years after graduation. You need a MArch degree later on here so you can essentially get one for free and paid through these options.

Do you have to be a member of the military?

No you do not. I, and ¾ employees, are civilians. As a civilian on base, you can work up to a base civil engineer. But, upper bosses are enlisted in the military.

Do you need any security clearance for these jobs?

There are three types of security clearance on base: No clearance, Secret clearance, and Top-Secret clearance.

Why did you choose this position?

For medical reasons I was rejected from enlistment after high school. This is my way of supporting the country how I can. Because everything I do in some way helps America. While my role here is in an office, there are positions that are sent into war zones to help rebuild damage.

Have you considered applying for these “war zone” positions?

I did at first, but civilians are unable to carry a firearm and I would not want to go around unable to protect myself.

What programs do you use on the base?

The program mainly used is AutoCad. We are only allowed to use programs that we can host private servers with. Because of this, there is no Revit as of now.

What types of students are they looking for?

They really like students that understand how buildings are put together. A construction internship before applying could be very beneficial. Another recommendation is to take the accelerated master's program classes and get into codes. We use our own set on base projects, but it is good to have some background with the material in general.

What happens if you want to change jobs, can you just leave since it the military?

Because I am a civilian yes, I can. Leaving would impact scholarships and the monetary side, but there is nothing that forces you to stay in the program.

AIAS BGSU is proud to present Philip Bernstein tonight as he presents Slavery, Its Legacies and the Built Environment.


We hope everyone is doing well tonight as we welcome Philip Bernstein from Yale University to our screens!

Here's the Zoom link for tonight's lecture:

I (Erin) love dinosaurs, they are so cool and cute. I have drawn a few dinosaurs in Microsoft paint, and Alex and I have rated each of them and provided some constructive criticism. Enjoy!

Dinosaur Name: Diego Rivera (Mr. Rivera)

Rating: 8.5

Alex: He’s a cool dino. I think he could’ve fit more donuts on his tail. More donuts= more happiness.

Erin: Diego seems like a cool cowboy. I feel like he definitely has the best lemonade recipe on the block. Those are also some large donuts. Solid but if you look at him too long he looks scary.

Dinosaur Name: Ted Cruz XVII

Rating: 10

Alex: Ted Cruz is a good guy. He’s the type of guy who couldn’t hurt a fly. His fedora’s looking pretty fly. I really enjoy seeing him with his fourteen kids and two wives.

Erin: He seems like an all around good guy. His outfit is giving chic gay dad vibes, which I’m living for. Watermelons are disgusting to be honest, but it’s the thought that counts. I love his scarf… Is it Burberry? The black chucks definitely make me trust him more.

Dinosaur Name: Jerry Johnson V

Rating: 4.87

Alex: I don’t really like the color green. His skateboard could be a bit cooler. I do, however, like his lightsaber and also the hat because they are both blue.

Erin: Skaters are cool, he seems like he can do the steeziest treflip at the dinosaur skate park. Not sure about the lightsaber though, Star Wars is pretty lame to be honest. Love-hate relationship with this dinosaur. RATM fan I see, very progressive.

Dinosaur Name: Noah Dante Gilbert

Rating: 8.33

Alex: The color combo between the nails and skin tone are immaculate. The carry-on fish bag really completes the whole fit. Really ties it together.

Erin: I like that he painted his nails black, super edgy and cute. Could for sure be someone’s long-term goth bi boyfriend. I guess fish are okay but I feel like holding one in that type of bag is inhumane and not eco-friendly. Canada is pretty cool, they got moose.