- Posted February 1, 2014 by
Why Schooling and Portfolios Matter for Architects
The economy is starting to improve. With this improvement, people are going to start building businesses and homes. For newly built buildings, an architect is usually needed to draw up the blueprints for the designs. For some building improvements, an architect is also necessary. This means that now is a great time for people who are interested in this field to get the education necessary to become successful.
Finding the best architecture schools in your area is one way that you can get started on the right path. The school you choose should be accredited so that you can get help with financial aid. It should also be a credible school that is going to let your potential employers and clients know that you have learned what you need to know to get the job done.
As you go through college, make sure that you pay attention to the small details the professors teach you. These small details are what can set you apart from others when you start to bid on jobs or ask to head projects. Think of the small details as your tips to success.
Showing off your skills can help you land larger projects that can really jumpstart your career. You can bet that the architects working on the projects for Whirlpool and the Senior PGA in Southwest Michigan's Twin Cities, Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, didn't tune out those small details when they were in school. Instead, those professionals worked hard in school and out of school to ensure that they remained on top of everything that was going on in the world of engineering, architecture, and design.
Another way that you can ensure your success as an architect is to discover ways to make your proposals stand out. You don't want to choose methods that will take a lot of time or cost a lot of money, so you have to be creative. When you are bidding on projects, make sure that the information you provide to the potential client or employer is information that is exclusive to their project. You have to specialize and highlight those specialties. For example, a high-tech sports complex project really doesn't have anything to do with building a home unless that home was a multi-million dollar home that had a sports complex in it. Because of that, you wouldn't want to highlight a simple home in the portfolio you present to the client who wants a sports complex.
By getting a good education and building a strong portfolio, you can succeed as an architecture in any economic situation.