Architect Resume Examples

Updated May 13, 2021

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs for architects will grow 1% from 2019 to 2029. This is much slower than average, equating to only 1,100 new positions. Improved software and technology are expected to make architects more productive, which limits employment growth. Jobs for architects are also tied to the construction industry, and a slowdown in new projects is likely to lead to fewer jobs in architecture.

Limited job growth means you can expect strong competition when applying for architect positions. A well-written resume is a great asset when you’re trying to stand out in a crowded job market. If you need help crafting your resume, start with our downloadable templates found below. There are examples for experienced architects and those just entering the field, as well as tips for improving your resume and tailoring it to a job description.

Downloadable Resume Examples

No Experience

Example #1 No Experience

2-3 years

Example #2 2-3 Years

5-10 Years

Example #3 5-10 Years

10+ Years

Example #4 10+ Years

Architect Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • No experience 0
  • 2-3 Years 2-3
  • 5-10 Years 5-10
  • 10+ Years 10+

Celine Lim
(765) 432-1098
[email protected]
321 Main Road, Sacramento, CA 10987

Profile

Hardworking and disciplined newly-certified architect with internship experience in designing commercial buildings and creating accurate 2D and 3D technical images. Talent for working collaboratively and thinking creatively to solve complex design and sustainability issues. Skilled at creating precise specifications and communicating clearly with contractors and other key personnel.

Key Skills

  • Proficient in Revit, AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, and Sketch Up software
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Extensive knowledge of building codes and regulations
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communicator

Education

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, Berkeley, CA, September 2012 – June 2017

Master of Architecture
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, Berkeley, CA, September 2017 – June 2020

Coursework completed:

  • Advanced Study of Energy and Environment
  • History of Modern Architecture
  • Advanced Architectural Design Theory and Criticism
  • The Cultures of Practice

Professional Experience

Architect Intern, HGA, Sacramento, CA
June 2020 – December 2020

  • Assisted the architectural team with building codes and regulation research
  • Worked collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team, including tradespeople, independent contractors, and district representatives
  • Visited proposed building sites to take measurements and observe characteristics, reporting findings to the senior architect
  • Created detailed and accurate technical drawings and performed 3D modeling tasks

Architect Intern, LPA Incorporated, Sacramento, CA
June 2018 – September 2018

  • Assisted with the design of corporate buildings and generated precise measurements and specifications
  • Assessed architectural plans for sustainability and environmental impact
  • Created 3D images using Rhinoceros and Sketch-Up software

Certifications

  • Professional Architect License, California Architects Board, March 2021

Angelina Beauchard
(713) 123-0000
[email protected]
227 W Main Street, Houston, TX 77003

Profile

Self-motivated, creative Architect with two years’ experience in commercial construction projects. Licensed and highly familiar with industry-leading software, building codes, and best practices. Thrives under pressure with multiple project priorities. Eager to grow while collaborating with team and higher-level decision-makers.

Key Skills

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe Creative Suite & MS Office
  • Multitasking
  • Teamwork
  • Detail-oriented

Education

Bachelor of Architecture
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, Houston, TX, September 2013 – December 2018
Architecture Masterprize (AMP) Student Award Winner – 2017

Professional Experience

Junior Architect, Ingersoll, Pierce & Partners Architects, South Houston, TX
January 2019 – Present

  • Assisting with production of construction documents and documenting every design phase from schematic design to project closeout
  • Coordinating with team members and project managers to maintain project progress
  • Participating in the inspection of building sites to determine environmental impact and feasibility for construction
  • Delivering projects on time and at least 10% under budget
  • Accepting increasing levels of responsibility with budgeting and supervisory roles

Project Summer Intern, Gowrie Architects, Houston, TX
May 2018 – August 2018

  • Prepared blueprints with AutoCAD and Revit
  • Produced reports, presentations, and documents with Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office
  • Collaborated with senior leader to develop job bids for new projects
  • Communicated with five contractors and vendors to incorporate input in project designs
  • Received three commendations from contractors for timeliness and excellence of design

Credentials

  • Architecture License, Texas Board of Architectural Examiners
  • Active Member, Texas Society of Architects

Janine Williams
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Address Street, Springfield, IL 06543

Profile

Self-driven, licensed architect with 6+ years of experience, strong time management skills and the organizational ability to manage multiple projects concurrently. Well-developed understanding of design practices and applications of design practice theories and methods. Experience working with various architectural software programs, including AutoCAD, Maya and SketchUp.

Professional Experience

Registered Architect, AWS Design Studio, Springfield, IL
July 2016 – Present

  • Leads project teams through all project phases including conceptual design, design development and construction documents
  • Works on commercial and industrial projects valued from $10 to $50 million
  • Assimilates sustainable designs into over 15 commercial and industrial projects per year
  • Produces bid-winning designs at approximately 15% less cost than competitors

Intern Architect, JBR Architects, Springfield, IL
June 2014 – June 2016

  • Designed 2D drawings of floor plans and sections using AutoCAD Architecture
  • Assisted Project Managers with cost estimates and reports
  • Created 3D renderings using BIM 360 to display visualizations for marketing purposes

Education

Bachelor of Architecture
THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa City, IA, September 2010 – May 2014

Key Skills

  • Ability to hand draft, sketch and create drawings using various architectural software programs
  • Superb creativity and problem-solving abilities
  • Experienced in leadership roles and mentoring junior staff
  • Excellent presentation skills and customer relations

Certifications

  • LEED AP Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

Jessica White
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
567 First Street, New York, NY 12345

Profile

Versatile and creative architect with over 15 years of experience designing commercial and residential buildings in a variety of sizes and styles.  Record of unique and sustainable design that exceeds LEED standards.

Professional Experience

Architect, IGM Architects, New York, NY
September 2010 – Present

  • Key architect at a high-end international architecture and engineering firm.
  • Design and develop 2 -3 multi-million dollar projects through all phases of work each year.
  • Create bid-winning designs at 10-15% less cost than competitor bids
  • Attend regular on-site meetings to ensure quality control on each project

Junior Architect, Style Architects, Boston, MT
September 2006 – August 2010

  • Prepared 100 blueprint drawings each year for new and existing clients
  • Analyzed costs and benefits of projects
  • Directed team of 15 technicians in creating comprehensive documents for projects
  • Inspected building sites to assess suitability for projects and to link the style of design to the landscape

Intern Architect, MNA Steel Architects, Boston, MT
June 2005 – August 2006

  • Assisted senior architects in presenting projects and drawing ideas to clients
  • Created 3D models for presentations
  • Created and updated project cost sheets
  • Shadowed senior architects to learn best practices

Education

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, New York, NY, September 1999 – June 2003

Master of Architecture
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, New York, NY, September 2003 – June 2005

Key Skills

  • AutoCAD
  • Site Investigation
  • Negotiation
  • Material Application Knowledge
  • Presentation and Public Speaking

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Architect Resumes

Emphasizing key skills and appropriate action verbs is critical for getting noticed by applicant tracking systems (ATS). Companies use ATS to scan and evaluate each resume and flag any that show a high degree of potential to be successful in the position. The system scores resumes based on the number of keywords and phrases it has that match the job requirements and forwards these to hiring managers. This means the more key skill words you include, the greater your chance of being invited for an interview.

Key Skills & Proficiencies
Architectural rendering Architectural specifications
BIM software Budget planning
Building codes CAD software
Calculations Civil engineering
Collaboration Commercial architecture
Communication Compliance
Creative thinking Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
Model making New construction
Presentation skills Problem-solving
Project management Renovation
Residential architecture Technical drawing
Time management
Action Verbs
Budget Collaborate
Communicate Compute
Create Design
Draw Lead
Manage Negotiate
Organize Present
Schedule Solve
Visualize

Tips for Writing a Better Architect Resume

Highlight your architect education

Your education is important when applying for a job as an architect, especially if you’re just starting out. Employers will want to know that you have a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree, so make sure you clearly state the name of your degree, where you went to school, and the year you graduated. Your education section can also highlight skills and experiences that the company needs. Look at the requirements of the position and highlight any projects, coursework, or extracurricular activities that match. For example, if the firm is looking for someone with high levels of CAD skills, mention your advanced CAD classes.

Example #1

Good


Bachelor of Science in Architecture

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, Houston, TX, September 2010 – June 2015

Relevant coursework:

  • Landscape, Ecology, Urbanism
  • Sustainable Architecture
  • Environmental Design

Bad


Bachelor of Science in Architecture

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, Houston, TX, September 2010 – June 2015

Example #2

Good


Master of Science in Architecture

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, September 2016 – June 2019

Thesis: Healthy Workplaces: Benefits of Bringing Nature into Productive Spaces

Focus on commercial and industrial design

Bad


Master of Science in Architecture

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, September 2016 – June 2019

Showcase your ability to work on a team

All architects require the ability to work as part of a team. Designs start by working with clients to determine their needs. You also work with the construction team, surveyors, and planning officials. On top of that, the internal team at any architecture firm works together to find clients, produce blueprints, and present plans. Make sure your resume shows that you can collaborate with a wide range of people and work comfortably with a large team.

Example #1

Good


Worked with a cross-functional team, including clients, builders and public servants, to design commercial buildings that fit within the existing environment and met the needs of all stakeholders.

Bad


Helped design commercial buildings that met the needs of clients.

Example #2

Good


Led team of six architects to design large housing projects, ensuring all the parts worked together to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing space.

Bad


Took lead in designing large housing projects.

How to Align Your Resume With the Job Description

Companies use job descriptions to define the mix of skills and experience that their ideal candidate should possess. They compare the resumes they receive against this document to help them identify those with the strongest potential. Including attributes and accomplishments that mirror what’s detailed in the job description can help you stand out from a crowd of candidates.

Read the job description carefully to identify which traits you should include. The hiring manager’s key priorities are generally listed at the start of the job description or mentioned more than once. Compare your resume to this list and make sure it demonstrates how you meet their needs. A bland resume may be overlooked, so steer clear of generic descriptions and focus on your biggest achievements.

Example Architect Job Description


BVE Architects is looking for an innovative architect to join our sustainable design team. You will be responsible for projects from initial client briefings through the end of construction and will be helping grow our newly formed environmental design division. The successful candidate will manage client relationships, prepare drawings, specifications, budgets and construction documents, and develop and present proposals. The successful candidate will be an effective project manager, be able to visualize space, and have strong interpersonal skills. You must also be able to develop designs that are functional, creative and at the leading edge of environmentally sustainable design

Responsibilities:

  • Meeting with clients to determine their needs
  • Designing buildings that place environmental sustainability at the center of the project
  • Managing projects from initial briefings to completion
  • Developing project proposals and presenting to clients and executives
  • Preparing drawings, specifications, budgets and construction documents
  • Conducting research and compiling reports on environmentally sustainable materials and techniques, and the environmental impact of projects
  • Complying with all local regulations, codes, and safety standards
  • Managing project teams and collaborating with other construction professionals

Qualifications:

  • Degree in architecture
  • Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certification preferred
  • Strong project management and collaboration skills
  • Good presentation and communication skills
  • Extensive knowledge of sustainable design, building codes and other regulations
  • Good computing skills, including design software such as AutoCAD and Revit
  • Innovative and creative

The job description shows that the ideal candidate will have the following skills and attributes:

  • Environmental and sustainable design
  • Project management
  • Presentation
  • Innovation
  • Teamwork
  • Client relationships
  • Prepare drawings, specifications, budgets and construction documents

With this list in hand, you can begin crafting your resume. When writing your profile and professional experience section, make sure you demonstrate that you have the skills and experience the hiring manager is looking for. See below for an example of how best to do this:

Architect Work Experience Example


Architect,  EcoDesign Architecture

June 2017 – Present

  • Designed innovative, environmentally sustainable residential buildings using the latest eco-friendly products and design techniques
  • Managed architecture projects from concept to completion
  • Built relationships with clients throughout projects to ensure each completed project met their desires and needs
  • Worked with team to develop environmentally sustainable architecture projects, including preparing drawings, specifications, budgets and construction documents