Planning and Developing Your Architect Resume
Planning and developing your architect resume won’t be nearly as difficult as the projects you’ve completed (or will complete) throughout your career. However, it must be created with professionalism in mind, and should include achievements that put you in the best possible light with the firms you’re applying to and/or the potential clients that will be reading it.
Architects need to have a flair for visual appeal, customer service, and extensive knowledge of all the processes required to take their clients “vision” and make it a reality. After obtaining a university degree in architecture, there are many different areas one can move into including the following: building design & construction (home, business, or industrial), landscape design & development, structural design & sustainability (bridges, break-walls, roadways, etc.), and many other roles including consulting, general contracting and project management.
Planning Stages of an architecture resume…
Start off by deciding what you do and do not want to appear on your architect resume. Architects often float between different projects in different areas, and each resume you prepare should be targeted to the specific company or client that you’re submitting it to. For instance, if you’re applying to a firm that focuses only on structural planning and construction: They aren’t going to be particularly impressed with your experience in landscaping architecture… but may very well find value in a job applicant that has experience with developing modern bridgework, etc.
Read the job advertisement carefully, match your skills and experience to what’s required, then start writing…
City, State, Zip
Phone – Email – Website
Objective (entry-level only)
This section should only be included on an entry-level architect resume; for applicants who have just graduated university, don’t have a great deal of paid experience, and haven’t completed their internship hours yet. Experienced professionals can rely on their industry qualifications and work experience; so an objective statement isn’t necessary.
The objective will summarize your education and touch on a couple of relevant skills you bring to the firm. Include any achievements from your school projects. The objective should also include two or three power verbs that help make your abilities stand out: planned, organized, implemented, developed, etc.
Sample Objective (entry level architecture resume):
“Recent architecture graduate from Frederick University, seeking an internship with your company to obtain my Level 1 license. Won the ECLAS outstanding student award for outstanding performance upon graduating.”
This section should come next on both an entry-level or professional architect resume. Under the heading, state the most recent school you’ve attended, followed by any other schools and/or courses you’ve taken.
Your work experience should be listed in chronological order (most recent, next most recent, etc.) This section of your architecture resume should be ultra-targeted; stating experience that relates to firm your seeking work with, or the client project you’re bidding on. State the dates worked, your position, and name of company/client on one line… then follow with 3 – 4 bullet points describing the work you performed or achievements from the project.
Sample Experience for architect resume:
1999-2004 Project Manager Staedco Engineering, Inc.
- Developed computerized commercial building plans (and renderings) for several clients using AutoCAD.
- Performed site inspections and worked as the general building contractor on over 20 corporate buildings.
- Used my ability to speak 4 languages (English, French, Spanish, and Greek) to help Staedco expand their operations cross-border and win overseas development contracts in Cyprus and Iran.
Optional elements to use in your architecture resume…
Specialized Skills: List the skills you have in the area of design that you specialize in: landscaping knowledge, structural sustainability, city planning, building inspection, management, historic preservation, improving existing structures, etc. – create separate sub-headings to showcase these skills.
Professional Affiliations: List your affiliations with architecture societies or organizations (local, national, international.) This information can have a major impact on professionals reading your architect resume, since it will help them relate with you and they themselves may be a member of the same organizations.
Projects: List any major projects you’ve had a hand in designing or overseeing. This can be particularly powerful if you’ve been involved in large-scale projects that industry professionals are aware of.