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Our alumni go places and achieve great things.

The Architecture and Sustainability and Facility Management programs’ reputations for developing high-caliber graduates has resulted in a nearly 100% placement rate. Your future employers know you have been well prepared for professional life and that you will make valuable contributions to the organizations that are in your future.

Courtney Parks Vallier

Graduate Architect, Progressive AE

AAS in Architectural Technology, 2011
BS in Architecture and Sustainability, 2013
BS in Construction Management, 2014
Master of Architecture, KCAD, 2016

Courtney (Parks) Valier, graduated with dual degrees in Architecture and Sustainability (2013) and Construction Management (2014).  She continued her architectural education at Kendall College of Art and Design for a Master of Architecture (2016).  Courtney chose Ferris because of flexibility and opportunity.

“When I was deciding on an undergraduate program, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the built environment, but wasn’t sure I wanted to fully commit to architecture.  After 2 years in the architecture program at Ferris, I had the flexibility to pursue a different track – construction management, interior design (Kendall), or facility management. I chose construction management and architecture.”

“Ferris also offered many opportunities for me to be involved in activities outside of the architecture program. I participated in the Honors Program, student organizations, several volunteer programs, and intramural sports. Through these opportunities, I was able to have a well-rounded college experience.”

Courtney is working as a graduate architect at Progressive AE in Grand Rapids, MI. She balances a variety of architectural projects that range from higher education, religious, multi-family housing, to the design of work environments.

Like other ARST/CM alumni, the culture of the studio and working closely with her classmates on studio projects was one of her fondest memories.  Additionally, the opportunity to participate with a team of architecture and construction management students on two design-build national competitions in Chicago was a highlight.



“The most valuable thing I learned is to always be curious. Let your curiosity lead you to learning new things and trying new things.  You never know what you may learn or who you may meet.”