Architecture combines both art & technology. Architects design buildings which meet both utilitarian and aesthetically pleasing requirements. Architecture is similar to engineering in that efficiency is an important element of architectural designs. A design needs to facilitate the kinds of activities that will take place in and around the structure, such as home life, manufacturing, education, retail sales, or sports events.
Architectural work is always a team effort. Architects must consider the needs and preferences of their client and consult with urban or regional planners, surveyors and engineers, landscape architects, and even interns or technicians who may design some detailed elements of the structure. They also work closely with construction contractors as the project gets built to ensure that the design is realized as intended.
Job Title Examples:
- Architectural and Engineering Managers
- Civil Engineers
- Construction and Building Inspectors
- Industrial Designers
- Interior Designers
- Landscape Architects
- Urban and Regional Planners
- Analytical skills
- Communication skills
- Organizational skills
- Technical skills
- Visualization skills
Education and Training:
- Architects are required to be licensed. This typically includes completing a degree program in architecture, gaining relevant experience through an internship, and passing the Architect Registration Examination.
It is important to note that this industry may not be as active during the standard on-campus recruiting periods. Employers in these fields may operate on a different schedule based on full-time and internship needs.
Applying and Interviewing
Your resume will often be the first impression for a potential employer. You want to make sure that your resume is concise, direct, and specific. Ensure that your resume is tailored for the position and for the industry. Highlighting relevant coursework can demonstrate your fit for a particular position. Review our guide on resumes for more information on how to construct one.
A cover letter introduces you to a potential employer. Use the position description to make specific connections between your skills and experience and what the organization is looking for in a candidate. The cover letter should be concise and well-written—if a potential employer reads your cover letter and is intrigued, they will then read your resume. Your cover letter should not repeat your resume verbatim, but enhance it. Together the cover letter and resume can help land you an interview. Review our guide on cover letters for more information on how to construct one.
Being able to show work examples is a key component when preparing to interview. The architecture industry requires a robust portfolio including specific examples of writing, design, campaigns, and other relevant work to the industry. Tailoring your portfolio to the kind of work that the company that you’re applying to is important.
Depending on the position will determine if a physical or online portfolio is the best option to showcase your work. There are several online platforms to build your own website such as square space or wix. Having a well made online portfolio or website will help you to stand out and provide employers easy access to view your work.
Most interviews will contain a mixture of resume based questions (questions about your past experience) and behavioral based questions (your ability to handle prospective situations at work. Most positions will begin with an interview that has a mix of these questions. Most positions will begin with an interview that has a mix of these questions. Review our guide on common interview questions.
Preparation is extremely important for interviews. Research the company/organization, current and previous projects they’ve worked on, and even the people that you’re interviewing with. This will not only help provide talking points but will show your knowledge and genuine interest in the position. Utilize our resources on how to best prepare yourself to excel in your interview.
- Overview of the Architecture Field
- Specifics of Being an Architect
- Detailed Architecture skills, tasks, interests
- 10 Potential Career Paths of an Architect
- The American Institute of Architects - Career Link
- The American Institute of Architecture for Current Students
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Student Clubs and Organizations:
- Ferguson & Shamamian Architects
- Hart Howerton
- Historical Concepts
- Robert A.M. Stern
- Torti Gallas + Partners
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