1. Understand your Viewers
Study the firm you intend on applying to thoroughly. Understand their scope and areas of work. Shortlist your projects that best suit the kind of work they are into, the kind of projects they do, their design ideology and philosophy, their work ethic, etc.
Ensure you showcase work that aligns with their ethos in order to be considered.
2. File size and Readability
Nobody has the time to wait for a heavy file to load and open. So, make certain that your architecture portfolio is compressed to a size not more than 15MB. While doing so, you must also keep in mind the legibility of the contents; the file must not be overly pixelated, thus rendering it undecipherable.
3. Project selection
Project selection is a crucial task when compilation an architecture portfolio. You must keep in mind that the projects showcased in the portfolio can vary according to the audience it is being sent to. For example: If one wants to apply to a firm focused primarily on landscape architecture, at least one, if not more, landscape project in the portfolio will give the recruiter a fair idea of your inclination and awareness of the said subject. In addition to academic and live projects, one may also include group projects and work submitted for competitions as well. Just keep in mind to give due credit to your colleagues.
4.Showcase your Skills
Can you paint, write, craft, or more? Include it in your portfolio. Skills are often well-appreciated add-ons in any profession. You may not see value in the hobbies and skills you have, but someone else might, and that is what matters.
Since architecture is more about visuals and the story, it takes the effort to balance the visuals and graphics with the text and storyline. De-clutter your sheets with the right graphic composition and well-articulated, crisp text. Sketches and hand render along with physical models are appreciated in our profession and will set your architecture portfolio apart.
When considering your next career move, plan proactively and create Portfolios that include your best work. Consider looking into finding a mentor with Architect-US, and improving your Portfolios with our Portfolio Plans and Career Advice Program. We provide coaching and personalized mentorship, so you can have a professional and experienced take on your next steps in your career, as well as a great team to confide in.