Yes, if you do not have licensed architects, your firm will need to collaborate with another firm and/or with one of our faculty who is licensed.
It is impossible for any of us to predict what will happen in the future. We ask for a good faith effort to fulfill your commitment and good communication so we can explore options with as much advance planning as possible. See Agreement for terms of withdrawal from the consortium.
Summer Internships are exactly the same as typical summer interns, so yes they certainly can work on billable projects. During the RP Internship, the Practice Internship is allowed to be billable hours but we ask that the first priority be given to research goals and the second priority to the student’s AXP plan. The Research Internship component, supervised by the faculty, cannot be billable. Final Project research work cannot be billable.
We expect that each Consortium Member will participate in at least one semester pursuing a consortium-wide goal and at least one semester pursuing a firm-specific goal over the course of the 3 year initial membership period. During three year period there will be regular assessment by program Director to determine the appropriate balance of shared vs. specific goals.
This is a business decision for your firm. The most common strategies we have seen from other models is
payment for costs from marketing or research budgets. The most promising strategy we have seen is to explain the
investment in terms of effort saved on projects or future projects. In this case, some of the costs may be possible
to assign to project overhead.
In the case of non-profits or public entities who are prevented by their structure to pay for these costs, we are interested to partner for applying to foundations, many of which will only give to these entities. Our initial priorities are to approach foundations with interest in low cost housing, sustainable design and community-based design.
We believe the value is inherently tied to employing students in the Summer and RP Internships, so during
the course of a three year membership, we expect at least three summer internship slots and three semesters of
Practice Internship. Practice internships maybe distributed at the discretion of the Consortium member but are
subject to student and faculty availability.
Some firms may wish for multiple interns to be employed concurrently and/or to have interns continuously throughout the calendar year. The School has some limitations in capacity, but generally expects we can fulfill demand for interns by firms. The standard consortium annual fee covers up to 2 interns per academic year. Additional interns may be possible with an additional fee and pending availability.
The matching process is a very important to successful outcomes. The School lists faculty expertise but cannot guarantee their availability will match firm needs. Depending on the expertise and the project, the timing of the work may need to be accelerated or delayed to match with faculty availability. The firm has the right to reject a student candidate for any reason and every effort will be made to make a positive match.
We make every effort to plan in advance and to effectively match students, faculty and firms to ensure success. If something goes wrong, regardless of fault or not, there will be mediation efforts with the program coordinators.
It's true that the first set of Consortium members are asked to invest in shaping the endeavor and there will no doubt be unanticipated issues that arise. However the formative period of the Consortium is a unique time where seed resources are available from the University and there is significant interest among leading international experts to serve in consultative roles to shape agendas. These advisors will enter into dialogue with Consortium Members to provide feedback on research projects, challenge value propositions and connect you to new networks. Given the national attention that we have already gained, founding members of the Consortium are likely to have additional marketing leverage while discussion is active. Lastly, if the Consortium fulfills its own value proposition, the annual fees will greatly increase in the future as we prove its worth!
Unique to the MS-RP are several components that are dependent on economic
conditions. We have every
expectation that while you are enrolled in the program, summer internship and fall and spring Research Practice
Internships as listed in your program plan, will include paid Practice Internships. On the rare occasion, when a paid
position is not possible, alternatives for the Research Practice Internships will ensure that you can continue to
make progress towards completing your degree.
Typical admissions cycle is complete by April 15, allowing time for optional summer internship before Fall course work begins.
The RP Internship is a unique combination of a typical firm internship and a University Research Assistant position.
The total financial payment to the student ($7300/semester) is the same as a Research or Teaching Assistant
position at the School. In the RP Internship, funding source is split between a tuition reduction paid by the
school ($4000) and salary paid by the firm ($3300 or more depending on your experience level). There are slight
differences in the University Health Insurance terms (see student agreement). The AXP hours earned in an RP
Internship is the same as the combined total of hours earned in practice (15 hours x 15 week/semester = 225 hrs/
semester in AXP experience-setting A) and earned in assistant position during the University payroll time period (10
hours x 19.5 weeks/semester = 195 hrs/semester in AXP experience-setting O).
The core advantages of a RP Internship over a typical internship and/or assistant position is the synergy between the two. Also the firms commit to helping meet your AXP plan goals as best they can within the research goals of the project.
Regardless of IP ownership, the work will be cited as your authorship, with appropriate citation to the Faculty
Advisor and Practice Mentor who may have contributed greatly to defining the research questions. You can use
the work in your resumé and in your portfolio, you can also write articles on the research but need to inform your
IP for work done under the firm employment (summer internship, practice internship) resides with the firm. IP for work done in the academic setting (Research Internship, Plan C Final Projects) would normally be shared between the U and student.
When we were developing the consortium, internship and the MS-RP, we compared with models in the building industry or at the U. Since the expected IP in our case has little or no likelihood of commercial value or “capitalization” leading to patents, it greatly simplified the consortium arrangements to have a single point of IP ownership (the University of Minnesota) for work produced in the academic setting.
In one way, they are similar. Your research expertise will guide and inform the work. The main difference
is that you are advising only one component of the research, the complementary practice research must be integrated
into the student’s priorities.
The timing of the research internship is the same as the typical payroll period, which begins before the semester starts and end after.
AXP Educator Coordinator for the School, helps students develop individual AXP plans
Consortium, refers to the group of firms
Consortium Member, refers to an individual firm in the consortium
Faculty Advisor works with student on Research Experience
AXP, Experience Development Program
Knowledge base, keyword searchable database of case studies, best practices and research information gathered by students in the Research Practices Architectural Experience Program and Research Practices Final Project
Master of Science in Architecture, concentration in Research Practices (MS-RP), a 30-credit advanced degree
Practice Architectural Experience Program (PE), 15 hours per week for 15-week semester
Practice Mentor (for PE), work with student on Practice Architectural Experience Proram, also serves as AXP Supervisor for student
Research Architectural Experience Program (RE), 10 hours per week over the 19.5 weeks University graduate student position, AXP experience setting
Research Practices Final Project, 9 credits (split 4 credits in Fall and 5 in Spring) research analysis and case study
Research Practices Architectural Experience Program, combined complementary experiences Research + Practices, AXP experience setting A or O
Research Practices Program, used to describe the synergy between consortium, faculty and students
Summer Architectural Experience Program, typical market defined summer experience working on billable projects for firm