Architecture Career Preparation & Job Search Resources

Choosing a Career || Preparing your resumé & job application || Designing your portfolio
Researching salaries || Choosing graduate programs || Identifying potential employers

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Choosing a Career
Camenson, Blythe. Careers in architecture. Chicago : VGM Career Books, c2002.
Location: Architecture Course Reserves Career Shelf NA 1995 .C257 2002
Lewis, Roger K. Architect? : a candid guide to the profession. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1998.
Location: Architecture Course ReservesCareer Shelf NA 1995 .L45 1998
Piper, Robert J. Opportunities in architecture careers. Chicago, IL: VGM Career Books, c2001.
Location: Architecture Course Reserves Career Shelf NA 1995 .P5 2001


Preparing your resumé & job application

Resumés for architecture and related careers. Lincolnwood, Ill. : VGM Career Horizons, c1996.
Location: Architecture Course Reserves Career Shelf NA 1995 .R47 1996
Kliment, Stephen A. Writing for design professionals : a guide to writing successful proposals, letters, brochures, portfolios, reports, presentations, and job applications for architects, engineers, and interior designers.  New York : W.W. Norton, c1998.
Location: Architecture Course Reserves Career Shelf NA 1996 .K57 1998


Designing your portfolio

Linton, Harold Portfolio design. New York : W.W. Norton, c2003.
Location: Architecture Course Reserves Career Shelf  NA 1996 .L56 2003

The portfolio : an architecture student’s handbook / Igor Marjanovic, Katerina Rüedi Ray, and Lesley Naa Norle Lokko.
Location: Architecture Library Course Reserves Career Shelf NA 1996 .M35 2003


Researching salaries

AIA compensation report : a survey of U.S. architecture firms (2002 edition)
Location: Architecture Reference NA 1995 .A33

Current salary and benefit information by region, city, firm size and job title.


Choosing graduate programs in architecture & related areas

Guide to architecture schools. 6th edition. Washington, D.C. : Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Press, 1998.
Location: Architecture Reference NA 2103 .A1 A67

Graduate Programs in Arts and Architecture. 4th edition. Princeton, N.J. : Peterson's, 2004

Location: Architecture Reference NX 284.3 .G73 2004

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
International Directory of Design: Architecture & Construction Schools in the World
 Over 700 schools with websites and a directory of international professional associations
Accredited Programs in Landscape Architecture 
Association of Schools of Landscape Architecture 
Accredited Programs in Urban Planning
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning


Identifying potential employers

Web Resources
American Institute of Architects e-architect Job Board
Lists job openings, offers searchable databases of AIA member firms and employment
agencies for architects, and a free resume posting service for job seekers.

AIA Career Center
View jobs, post your resumé, and get email alerts to new openings.

Each AIA chapter may have its own job listings
Pick the region where you want to work and check that chapter's website.

Boston Society of Architects Classifieds
Post your resume and sign up for a free job alert by email service.

Texas Society of Architects Joblink
Search job postings and add your own resume to the TSA database.

AEC JobBank
The biggest building industry career site on the Web.
Post your resume free and search for jobs online.

American Planning Association Jobs Online
Search job listings by location, title, and salary

Preserve/Net: The Preservationist's Resource Employment Listings
Links to jobs and internship opportunities
US and international job listings.  Click on [about Monster] to find international jobs by country.

  • Architecture Firm directories
  • Architects USA
    Brief listings for over 20,000 firms and links to their web sites,  searchable by state and city.
    ProFile : the sourcebook of U.S. architectural design firms. - 18th ed.(2003)
    Location: Architecture Reference NA 53 .A5
  • Firm lists and rankings
    Almanac of architecture & design.  Norcross, GA : Greenway Communications, 2002.
    Location: Architecture Reference NA 9 .A27 2005
  • Articles on architects and firms
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
    Indexes articles in more than 2,000 architecture, design, planning and preservation journals