Architecture CV: Examples & 7 Writing Tips for Architects

A great architect must be as much a creative artist as they are a capable scientist. Balancing the requirements, expectations, budgets, and creative visions is no easy task, and it can be hard to determine what to focus on in an architect CV.

 

How to stand out in a pile of CVs where each one is designed to stand out? Everyone’s going to come with their own artistic twist on the classic CV, so do the unexpected: Focus on the data. Your portfolio will speak for itself.

 

Here’s a high-rise architecture CV guide.

 

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Architecture CV example

 

Cameron Gilbert

40 Brackley Road

Timberland

LN4 1QR

078 2419 3818

cameron@gilbert.com

behance.com/camg

linkedin.com/in/camg

 

Personal Statement

 

Meticulous architect with 7+ years of experience and a track record of delivering sustainable and profitable design. Completed over 150 residential and industrial designs for a combined 60,000m2. Proven results in delivering designs that meet the budget and project criteria. London Design Awards laureate for Best Apartment Design. Seeking to leverage proven skills to deliver consistent results in more challenging high-rise design projects at Axure Architects International.

 

Work Experience

 

Architect

Sustain Design Ltd.

February 2013–Present

  • Independently completed 50+ residential and industrial designs including apartment building floors, conversion units, micro apartments, lofts and a shared working warehouse.
  • Collaborated on 100+ residential and industrial designs including apartment buildings, hotels, office buildings, working spaces, and industrial production and storage units.
  • 99.4% of design met budget and project criteria.
  • Consistently created bid-winning designs, 10 out of 17 submitted.
  • Delivered a 17% cost reduction on a university campus building.
  • Since 2019, an integral team member at the negotiation stage, securing 100% of jobs that enter consultation. 
  • A total of £100m and 60,000m2 of property designed, built and transformed.

 

Education

 

Professional Practice in Architecture ARB/RIBA Part 3, June 2015

The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, London

 

1st Class MPhil Degree in Architecture and Urban Design, ARB/RIBA Pt2, June 2013

Cambridge University, Cambridge

 

1st Class BA in Architecture, ARB/RIBA Pt1, June 2010

Balliol College, Cambridge University, Cambridge

 

Skills

 

  • Revit
  • Google SketchUp
  • AutoCAD
  • V-Ray
  • Adobe Suite

 

Awards

 

  • 1st Place (£1000) — 2019 Best Apartment Design, London Design Awards

 

This is the blueprint for an architecture CV. Let’s get to the drawing board and write your own CV:

 

1. Write an architecture CV personal statement

 

Ultimately, it’s your portfolio that’s going to seal the deal. However, if someone picks your CV out of the pile, they better not be bored and discouraged by what they read. Many go straight to explaining their design philosophies. However, this may not be the right place.

 

Is six lines enough to explain your design philosophy? Doubtful. Instead, devote your architect CV personal statement to illustrating the impact you can make for the company, in terms of results and numbers. 

 

To write a CV personal statement that serves its purpose, answer the following questions in one sentence each:

 

  1. Who are you, what’s your experience?
  2. What type of projects are you experienced in delivering?
  3. What’s your most impressive/relevant achievement?
  4. What’s your most unique achievement?
  5. What are you hoping to be able to achieve in this job? (Think about the employer, not yourself.)

 

This part is easiest written right at the very end.

 

Architect CV personal statement

 

Meticulous architect with 7+ years of experience and a track record of delivering sustainable and profitable design. Completed over 150 residential and industrial designs for a combined 60,000m2. Proven results in delivering designs that meet the budget and project criteria. London Design Awards laureate for Best Apartment Design. Seeking to leverage proven skills to deliver consistent results in more challenging high-rise design projects at Axure Architects International.

 

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2. Write your architecture CV job description

 

The work history section is a more-detailed expansion of your personal statement. Here, you should quantify the volume, value, and type of projects you have completed, instead of being simply descriptive. 

 

What’s more important in architecture—that the design meets profitability and safety specifications, or that the design and philosophy is pleasing?

 

Surely, the first one. The design can always be adjusted. However, certain criteria always need to be met. The same goes for architect CVs. Therefore, allow the employer to digest the numbers, and calculate exactly what you can deliver for them. 

 

Your personal style or convictions will suddenly seem less significant when you have a proven track record of delivering. List your achievements, and showcase a range of proven experience that matches the employers expectations. 

 

Use the PAR (Problem Action Result) formula to help you build your bullet points. List 5 to 9 for your most relevant positions, under this heading:

 

[Job Title]

[Company Name, Location]

[Dates of Employment]

 

For older positions, limit the bullet points to only original information (that doesn’t appear under other positions). 

 

Example architecture CV work experience section 

 

Architect

Sustain Design Ltd.

February 2013–Present

  • Independently completed 50+ residential and industrial designs including apartment building floors, conversion units, micro apartments, lofts and a shared working warehouse.
  • Collaborated on 100+ residential and industrial designs including apartment buildings, hotels, office buildings, working spaces, and industrial production and storage units.
  • 99.4% of design met budget and project criteria.
  • Consistently created bid-winning designs, 10 out of 17 submitted.
  • Delivered a 17% cost reduction on a university campus building.
  • Since 2019, an integral team member at the negotiation stage, securing 100% of jobs that enter consultation. 
  • A total of £100m and 60,000m2 of property designed, built and transformed.

 

3. Sketch out your education

 

Of course, every architect must have their appropriate ARB and RIBA accredited licenses. Once you have a few years of experience, just limit yourself to barely listing them, without going into detail.

 

For a perfect CV, list your degrees in the following way: 

 

[Degree Class] BA [Degree Name](Year Graduated)

[University Name]

 

If you are lacking experience, you may want to add bullet points here to highlight your achievements, extracurricular activities or areas of excellence while studying.

 

Architecture CV education section

 

Education

 

Professional Practice in Architecture ARB/RIBA Part 3, June 2015

The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, London

 

1st Class MPhil Degree in Architecture and Urban Design, ARB/RIBA Pt2, June 2013

Cambridge University, Cambridge

 

1st Class BA in Architecture, ARB/RIBA Pt1, June 2010

Balliol College, Cambridge University, Cambridge

 

4. Make a list of your architecture skills

 

There are many hats that a successful architect must wear. If you are focusing on listing quantitative results of your work in your architect CV, and your portfolio illustrates that qualitative side, your skills section could be a good place to list your IT skills, such as software you have mastered, and soft skills such as teamwork or effective communication.

 

Architecture student CV skills section example

 

Skills

 

  • Revit
  • Google SketchUp
  • AutoCAD
  • V-Ray
  • Adobe Suite
  • Teamwork
  • Negotiation Skills

 

5. Draw up additional sections for your architect CV

 

If you are extremely accomplished, you could summarise your key projects in a Notable Projects section. Alternately, you could leave it to your portfolio, and use up the additional space on awards, certifications, or languages.

 

If you are seeking to break into the industry, even something like volunteering could help: 82% of managers would rather hire someone with volunteering experience.

 

If it’s not relevant, white space wins over it.

 

Architecture CV additional sections template

 

Awards

 

  • 1st Place (£1000) — 2019 Best Apartment Design, London Design Awards

 

Languages

 

  • Lithuanian (Intermediate)
  • Estonian (Basic)

 

6. Write an architecture cover letter

 

Remember how the personal statement wasn’t the right place to explain your design philosophy? Here’s a chance to let it shine. If you choose to devote most of your cover letter to your philosophy, make sure you start off with a strong introduction such as:

 

Architect cover letter sample

 

As a practicing Architect of 7+ years with a proven track record in winning 58% of submitted bids, and delivering 150+ projects 99.4% on budget and on schedule, I am ready to take on a more challenging high-rise development role at Kahn & Sohn Architects. Please find qualitative data about completed projects attached in the CV, and qualitative examples in the portfolio.

 

Only then delve into your philosophies. Once they know who you are, and what you can do. Then tell them how.

 

The ideal architecture cover letter is composed of:

  • 1st Paragraph (60-80 words)—List your years of experience, and the main reason why you are the best fit for the position.
  • 2nd (Main) Paragraph (120-200 words)—Outline the most significant reasons for why somebody should hire you.
  • 3rd Paragraph (40-60 words)—Express your interest in the company and explain what you hope to do for them.
  • Call to Action (Single Sentence)—Ask them to look at your portfolio and give you a call back.

 

Write a short and simple cover letter. It's a useful tool especially if you're a junior as it let's you show transferable skills

 

7. Architect CV format

 

We know you design things for a living, so we won’t tell you what CV font to use. Remember, though, to send your architect CV as pdf and not go overboard with the file size. You know how to use white space and what margins to use.

 

Make sure to not trade off legibility for a more interesting CV design, however. 

 

How long should a CV be? If you're a junior, write a one-pager. For more experienced candidates, two pages should suffice.

 

If you're going to use a creative CV template, make sure it's ATS-friendly. ATSs can have problems parsing visual CVs.

 

As architect jobs are not really numerous, make sure to craft every application carefully, and track where you applied in an Excel spreadsheet. If you don’t hear back after a while, give them a friendly call.

 

Soon, you’ll be taking something exciting to the drawing board.

  

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Did we answer all your questions on how to write an architect CV? Got any job hunting tips and tricks you’d like to share? Did you find our architecture CV examples useful? Use the comments section below. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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