Natale Cozzolongo, AIA, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009 and entered the working world in the middle of the Great Recession.
“You kind of took whatever was available, whether it was a good fit or not,” he says. His first job was one of those bad fits. He’s not complaining; it allowed him to get his then-IDP credits and pass the AREs, which led to his current position at Kohn Pedersen Fox in New York City. But it was a far cry from the architectural hopes and dreams instilled in him during college.