8 Ways You Can Set Yourself Up for Success in Architecture in the 21st Century

As we enter into 2022 and truly start off this new decade, it is always important to consider how the industry is changing, and thus, how you can adapt. Make sure to make the most of these new beginnings and set meaningful and realistic goals you can attain in your career.

To get you started we have 8 ways you can improve yourself for this new age of Architecture!

1. Don’t Get Upset by Clients that Think They Know Everything About Architecture

  • Be patient.
  • Educate and show multiple options (divergent thought processes) to open up thinking.
  • Be a professional.
  • Remember that you were educated as an ARCHITECT (not him/her)

2. Don’t Burn Bridges

  • The Architectural world is way too small.
  • Your actions and decisions will be remembered.

3. Look Out for #1

  • It is your career and yours alone.
  • Make sure you are getting the appropriate experience (IDP), opportunities and compensation.
  • If you aren’t, MOVE ON!!!

4. Voice Your Opinions

  • The best ideas are never incorporated into projects unless they are heard, presented, and defended.
  • Many processes in firms and details on projects can be improved if you simply point out a better solution to decision makers.
  • An improvement is always appreciated by principals and clients.

5. You Must Design Your Career and Position

  • All of us are Unique = Unique jobs/positions
  • Continually reflect on your experiences to determine what you really want to do.
  • Make career decisions to attain this position.

6. Differentiate Yourself

  • Develop your unique skills and abilities.
  • Demonstrate how they make you a better employee and contributor.
  • Potentially utilize these skills to go out on your own.

7. Don’t Confuse an Internship with Full-Time Employment

  • An internship introduces you to how a firm and projects work.
  • Full-time employment mandates responsibility for your work and productivity (deadlines).
  • Full-time employment = STRESS!!!

8. Technology Will Lead the Way

  • You must stay at the forefront of technology.
  • Volunteer to learn new software and lead firm implementation.
  • Learn BIM and become proficient while in school.
  • Take the sustainability lead within your firm.
  • Become a LEED Green Associate while in school.

When considering your next career move, plan proactively and create Portfolios that include your best work. Consider looking into finding a mentor with Architect-USand 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.


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