Graduating Student Accepts Position at Perkins+Will & Places 1st in TACAA Student Portfolio Comp

The Tuskegee University Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science program has always had the ability to produce top notch professionals in the field of architecture and construction science. Many of our graduates move on to acquire graduate school degrees from top universities in the United States and overseas, accept positions at highly ranked architecture firms and construction companies, create their own businesses and ultimately become driving forces in the professional world. Travis Armbrister, a 5th year architecture student hailing from Nassau, Bahamas, is no different.

The Tuskegee Architecture and Construction Alumni Association (TACAA) is excited to share that Travis has accepted a full-time position with Perkins+Will's Atlanta location upon graduation in May.

Not only do we congratulate Travis for this opportunity, we are also pleased to announce Travis has placed first in this year's Student Portfolio Competition hosted by TACAA. This year's competition was an amazing first-time event that allowed students to submit their portfolio-resume combinations for jury review and awarding. Students were then provided feedback from the jury to incorporate into their portfolios as they move forward in the job application process.

TACAA is extremely proud of Travis, and the jury was pleased in his ability to provide a document that set a standard for all students to follow. View Travis' Portfolio


What previous architectural internships allowed you to position yourself for such an amazing opportunity?

My internships in The Bahamas, Salt Lake City, UT, and Birmingham, AL allowed me to position myself for such an amazing opportunity. The reason being is the firms in each of these locations exposed me to areas in education, healthcare, retail, and residential. Definitely, a diverse variety of experience that improved my skills and increased my knowledge about the profession.

What factors do you feel have attributed to your overall success as an architecture student (projects, internships, leadership, NOMAS, etc)?

One of the most important factors that has attributed to my overall success are my studio professors that continuously challenged me throughout my academic career. Even though I complained, they pushed me to my limits and broadened my thinking when I approached design problems.

Another factor is the countless professionals and educators I had the pleasure of meeting at my internships and the NOMA conferences. By sharing my work with them, they became my mentors and gave me constructive criticism that motivated me further to remain diligent in studio.


My design passion is fueled by my desire to improve the quality of life of people in underprivileged communities.

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