Making an epic portfolio can be a daunting task for most of us. It’s not that we are not excited about our work, its just that coming up with the best way to display your abilities and who you are as a designer is not an easy task. There are a lot of blogs which we’ve posted detailing some tips on how to make your epic portfolio, but it is also important that you ask yourself a few questions before beginning this difficult task. Questions which will help you get a better understating of what it is that you are trying to convey through your work and what sort of style you have as an architect. So here we leave you with a few questions that will help you shape your portfolio and hopefully get you a little more excited in doing so.
1. What is the design theme?
You have to determine a specific design that best suits you and your work. That means keeping a cohesive composition through the entire portfolio, even if the projects are very different. Determine the worthiness of all of your projects and make sure that you include the works that best demonstrate your capabilities as an architect.
2. Does it adhere to the style of companies that I’m are interested in?
If you have a specific style and your search is narrowed to that, make sure that your scheme follows it. It doesn’t mean copy it, but make sure that it feels inspired by it. You want to make sure that the layout looks and feels similar to what you are interested in.
3. What sets me firm apart from other architects?
There is a lot of competition out there and if you feel that there is something which sets you apart from the rest, make sure that you showcase those attributes. Whatever that may be, it is important that some of your personality is seen in the work and in the overall layout.
4. How much do I want to show?
It is important that you put yourself in the employer’s shoes. Think about how much time will they spare looking through your work? Think about it in terms of an interview, most people will make that first impression in the first two minutes or so and after that it is hard for that image to change. So, you want to make sure that your portfolio displays your best work in a short amount of time. Employers will look through these fairly quickly as they are revising piles and piles at a time.
5. What were my outcomes?
Most companies are interested in seeing your individual contribution to projects and they also want to know if you ever faced any challenges, and if so, how you were able to confront them. Remember that in an architectural office setting you will be working with a team, so it is important that you are able to highlight your role and contributions to a successful group project.
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