The Studio 24: A Little Bit of Everything

by Tim Alatorre

Bianca Pagnucci, LEED AP, B.Arch ’06 talks about her story since graduation, shares with us a little about Alpha Rho Chi and what it’s like to be a Cal Poly grad in the real world.

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Rapid Fire Questions:

  • Cal Poly or Berkeley? Cal Poly
  • Autocad or Revit? Revit
  • Parallel bar or T-Square? T-Square
  • Facebook or LinkedIn? Facebook
  • Arch Record, Arch Digest, or Architect? Record
  • Drafting dots or tape? Dots
  • Yellow trace or white? White
  • Ad Markers or Prisma? Ad
  • Pen or Pencil? Pen
  • Mac or PC? Mac
  • What’s the Meaning of Life? to live it up!!

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  • What has she been up to since graduating in ’06?
    • Doing a little bit of everything…
    • Moved up to Oakland right after graduation, got a job right away work at a firm that specialized on mulit-family residential
    • She got a little tired of that and got a job at working at a firm that does healthcare and senior living and she’s currently working with the healthcare team
    • Outside of work, she’s living the dream!!
    • She’s been in involved a bit with AIA East Bay and AIA San Francisco and BAYA
  • Currently working towards licensure? progress?
    • Working her way through IDP
    • Haven’t started her exams
  • We have a breif discussion on the recent announcement of the fee increases at NCARB across the board:
  • Any observations of economy, how is she seeing the effects?
    • Here entire office has been on a 4 day work week, 80% salary since October. However, they were recently told that the whole office is going back to full time.
    • Since her firm is a national firm and the offices on the east coast were hit pretty hard, they’ve started to pick up work.
    • It seems that things are slowly turning around in the bay area.
  • Thoughts on Cal Poly grads out in the industry?
    • She works with other Cal Poly grads in her office, they sit together in her office. They definately dominate in her office.
    • Both of the firms she has worked for recruit straight from Cal Poly.
    • For the most part Cal Poly grads are able to ride their reputation throughout CA.
    • Cal Poly grads are well prepared and definatley well liked.
    • It does seem that out in the working world, after about 5 years everyone seems to be on the same page.
  • Has she stayed connected to Cal Poly after graduation?
  • Thoughts on how the program is changing/improving and the type of work being produced by students?
    • The work was still strong in the portfolio review she attended, but with the economy so bleak it seems that students moral is a bit down with low job prospects.
  • What kind of advice can you give to current Cal Poly grads?
    • Don’t turn down any invitations to anything. You never know what kind of network you could find yourself in.
    • Try to stand out to employers as much as possible
  • Is there something you wish you had done or known when you were still at Cal Poly?
    • …. nothing she really regrets
    • You can get a little caught up in being an architecture student, but it’s important to take advantage of the other resources available on campus such as career services.
  • Any parting words:
    • Don’t get too discouraged with your job currently if it’s not exactly what you want.
    • Don’t be too good for any job you’re asked to do in your office.

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