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Rice Architecture Mentorship (RAMP) is a student-led organization under Rice Architecture Society with a mission to provide students with productive opportunities to engage architecture through mentorship.

RAMP connects students with a global network of Rice Architecture alumni and other professionals through networking events, office and site visits, and externships to foster mutually beneficial relationships. RAMP also organizes a year-long peer mentorship program, which is aimed to introduce first-year undergraduate and graduate students to Rice Architecture. The 2023 Leadership Committee is Nikola Kolarov, Stuti Mehta, and Amber Wang. The Associate Mentorship Coordinators are Sofiya Babirenko, Faith Chen, and Jessica Shi.

RAMP coordinates its programming with Jacki Schaefer, Rice Architecture's Career and Alumni Specialist. If you are interested in joining RAMP, either as a mentor or as a current Rice Architecture student, please email the Mentorship Committee.

Guest lectures/panel discussions

Mentorship invites alumni and guest speakers to give a lunchtime talk about their own trajectory, usually highlighting a specific project or experience. Speakers provide their own way and orchestrate their own lodging for these lectures. 


Each semester students work with faculty members to plan and offer technology and professionalism workshops relevant across studios.

Career Fair

Mentorship hosts various architecture firms for an architecture-exclusive Career Fair in the spring. Career Fair is an opportunity for firms to meet and interview students, and for students to learn about professional opportunities from around the country.

Office Visits

Mentorship students arrange frequent small group tours of offices and project sites around Houston. 

Externship program

Rice University offers winter and spring break externships. Alumni, parents, and friends of the university host a current student for a one- to seven-day unpaid opportunity to shadow a professional. Mentorship assists in matching students with these opportunities.  


Recess is designed to share the talent and energy of the students at Rice Architecture with the community. Rice Architecture volunteers at the graduate and undergraduate level work with elementary through high-school aged students through our outreach efforts in the community and on campus. In addition to establishing a multi-year partnership with the STEM Chapter at the South Union CDC, Recess has partnered closely with the Rice Design Alliance and with a variety of education-based organizations in Houston to teach students about the built environment. Our workshops are engaging and introduce creative thought processes through tours, presentations, and collaborative design projects. We have seen these workshops have an informative, positive, and lasting impression on the students we are able to reach.


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