WhitmanWayfinderArtsAndCommunicationPeople in architecture and planning blend technology and aesthetics by defining and designing efficient, beautiful and healthy spaces. Professionals employ their technical skill to draft and build space while using communication and empathy to grasp and meet a client's need. Students interested in this field could study the economy and history of cities while contemplating, analyzing, and creating visual and spatial compositions.

There are many clubs on campus that will allow you to explore your interests, stretch your skills and make an impact in an area about which you're passionate. Contact the ASWC Club Director at aswc_clubdir@whitman.edu to learn more about current clubs or start your own.

ASWC Sound & Lights

ASWC Sound and Lights offers full-service technical production for a variety of campus events, including dances, speakers, concerts, and more.

Buildings and Grounds Governing Board

Two students sit on the Buildings and Grounds Governing Board to provide perspective on significant, long-term initiatives concerning structures, renovation, and upkeep. These students represent their peers in meetings with the Whitman College Board of Trustees.

Fine Arts House (FAH)

Affiliated with the art department, the FAH houses up to eight students and one resident assistant who plan and run programming that emphasizes studio art, theatre, and music.

Organic Garden

The Organic Garden grows annual and perennial vegetables, fruits and herbs, using no chemical pesticides and improving soil fertility with compost. Students weed and plant the garden and care for egg-laying chickens in the adjacent coop.

Sheehan Gallery

Located on the first floor of Olin, the Sheehan Gallery features two outside exhibits and two student showcases each year. Students can submit pieces to the Winter Art Salon and often work in the gallery.

Stevens Gallery 

Curated by students, the Stevens Gallery in Reid Campus Center provides a public art installation space open to any member of the Whitman community.

Sustainability Committee

Three appointed students work alongside the Campus Sustainability Coordinator to advise the college on projects and policy changes.

Community involvement helps students understand a broad range of issues and is becoming increasingly important in the eyes of many employers. For more ways to connect with local organizations, contact the Student Engagement Center in Reid Campus Center.

Downtown Walla Walla Foundation

This organization preserves the culture, history, and commerce of downtown Walla Walla. Volunteers help with various historical tasks throughout the year as well as website management, newsletter articles, and poster distribution.

Walla Walla 2020: Architecture and Neighborhoods

This organization works with government agencies, private entities, and the public to promote sustainability (ecological, equitable, and economical) in the community. One of Walla Walla 2020's areas of focus is developing a community with a strong center that respects its heritage by rehabilitating and renovating downtown.

Fellowships and grants afford many students the opportunity to continue their learning beyond graduation in high-impact programs. For more information, please contact the Office of Fellowships and Grants in Reid Campus Center.

DAAD Study Scholarship in Visual and Performing Arts 
The DAAD Study Scholarship in Visual and Performing Arts is awarded to students that are highly motivated and qualified in the fields of fine arts, design/visual communication, and film. The study scholarship will also receive an opportunity to complete additional studies, even if the student has not earned a formal degree at a German institute of higher education.

Truman Scholarship
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards a merit-based scholarship to college students who are going to pursue a pursue a career in government or elsewhere in public service. The Truman Scholars will receive up to $30,000 that can go towards graduate or professional school, participating in leadership development activities and will provide special opportunities for internship and employment within the federal government. Scholars are also required to work in the public service sector for three of the seven years that precede the funded graduate degree program, and those who fail to do so or lack proof of employment will be required to pay back any funds received along with interest.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program (academic)
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants motivated students an individually designed study/research or an English teaching assistantship in a single country. It also facilitates a cultural exchange because the scholars will be engaging in direct interaction within the classroom, field, home, and in daily tasks that allow for students to gain an appreciation of other viewpoints, beliefs, customs, and approaches to daily life within an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.

Luce Scholars Program 
The Luce Scholars Program offers students an intensive experience in Asia, to those who would not typically go to Asia in pursuit of their career. The program provides students with experience rather than academics. Some students have included Asian universities in either a teaching or research opportunity -- but no academic credit is granted.


To learn more about working on campus, visit the Student Employment page. We have general job search resources here. For employers committed to diversity and opportunities for minorities, visit workplacediversity.com, nemnet.com, and blackcollegian.com.

Industry Job Boards/Resources

Internships and on-campus employment are excellent for accumulating work experience, developing your narrative, and broadening your network. Note that the list below is not comprehensive. Check sites such as vault.com and internships.com for more opportunities.

To see what Architecture & Planning internships Whitman students have held in the past, check out the Whitman Internship Database and search "Architecture & Planning" or "Arts & Communication".

Studying away from campus is a fantastic way to learn more about the world, as well as an excellent experience upon which you'll draw throughout your academic and professional career. For more information, contact Off-Campus Studies in Memorial.

IFSA Butler: Glasgow School of Art
Through the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University, Whitman students may enroll in the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow is a vibrant city with a population of 650,000. It is home to the national Scottish companies of ballet, opera, orchestra and chorus. It offers two repertory theaters, the Glasgow Film Theater, galleries, and museums. Serious studio art students who attend the Glasgow School of Art can expect to spend 30-35 hours a week in the studio working on independent projects under faculty supervision.

DIS: Copenhagen
In the DIS Copenhagen program, students can take a variety of courses in English while experiencing immersion in Copenhagen, Denmark. This program provides students with an academically challenging environment where students can take over 200 elective course that are all taught in English. There are several cultural engagements opportunities like course-integrated study tours, DIScovery Trips, and housing.

Syracuse Florence
Through Whitman College's affiliation with Syracuse University Florence, qualified students may study at the Syracuse Center in Florence, Italy, a well-established program that was founded over 40 years ago. This program hosts approximately 400 US students each semester and offers courses in everything from art history to Italian politics. Florence is a particularly well-suited destination for art history students because the city's world-class art and architecture. Moreover, the Syracuse program incorporates field trips into many of the art history courses enabling students to study from the actual art and architecture itself.

IES: Rome
Through the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), Whitman Students may enroll at the IES Center in Rome to study everything from art history to economics. As one of Europe's most important cultural and religious centers, Rome offers students the opportunity to learn amidst Roman ruins, baroque cathedrals, a lively contemporary visual and performing arts scene, and the Vatican. The IES Rome program offers courses taught in English at the IES Center and, for students with sufficient Italian, the opportunity to enroll in courses at one of the three local universities. In addition, the program offers internships with local organizations and optional field trips each semester to locations such as Pompeii, Sicily, Tuscany, and Umbria.

IES: Berlin Metropolitan Studies
The IES: Berlin Metropolitan Studies program provides students with an opportunity to use the thriving cultural and political center of Berlin as a case study in issues affecting major metropolitan areas. Students must enroll in a German language course, but all other instruction is in English. Field trips to Paris, France and St. Petersburg, Russia provide a comparative context for study; however, previous German language study is not required.

The Philadelphia Center
Qualified Whitman students interested in a professional development experience in the historic city of Philadelphia may elect to participate in THe Philadelphia Center program. Participants on this program will intern on a field of their choice for 32 hours a week. The Philadelphia Center offers more than 800 internship options to choose from with organizations such as the Environmental Protection Association, Philadelphia Zoo, arden Theater Company, and the District Attorney's office. In addition to the internship, students will enroll in a weekly City Seminar and one elective course.

CIEE Prague Central European Studies
The Central European Studies program in Prague, Czech Republic is intended for students who have an interest in the Czech Republic and Central Europe, as well as in the political, social, and/or economic transformation from state control to democratic market-based systems.

Here are some possible post-graduate degrees pursued by people in architecture and planning. Contact Gayle Townsend at townsegv@whitman.edu for additional information.

  • Master in Architecture
  • Master Degree in Regional Planning and Environmental Management
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board (to find accredited programs)

Other Resources

American Institute of Architecture Students - Since 1956, the American Institute of Architecture Students has been the voice of students to the educational system and the profession of architecture and design in North America–and beyond. The association helps to build interest and enrich the educational experience of students (of all ages) and others in architecture and design.

NCARB.org - Learn about Architecture programs that are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Alumni in the Field

Log in to LinkedIn or Whitman Connect to learn about Whitman alumni with jobs in architecture and planning.