How to Find an Architecture Job

Finding a job, especially one right out of school, is not always as easy as expected. This article will list a few places to look for employment in the field of architecture.


  1. Look online for architecture firms in your area. Even if they do not say that they are hiring, send a resume anyways (preferably by email instead of fax so you are earth friendly and not wasting paper). You never know if they may call you for employment.

  2. Contact large commercial furniture dealers in your area about employment opportunities. The dealers hire architects as salesmen and as systems furniture layout designers. This job requires people who have a high attention to detail.

  3. Contact your university to see if they have any employment leads. Many graduates still keep in touch with their professors and ask for help when they have a job opening.

  4. Contact large companies who have their own facilities department for employment opportunities. The facilities department works with architects, furniture manufacturers, and other people to create pleasing workplaces for their employees.

  5. Contact large production home builders who have their own design department to see if they are hiring. The design department helps people who are purchasing a new home select items such as flooring, countertops, and cabinets. This job will probably require you to work weekends.

  6. Look online at the AIA website and any other architecture related website. They may list employment opportunities. Also contact your local offices to ask about local companies who may be looking for employees and if you can leave your resume.

  7. Contact kitchen&bath showrooms to see if they have any employment opportunities.

  8. Get a headhunter. Headhunters will meet with you to determine what you are looking for in a job and help find employment opportunities for you. They are paid by the company who hires you and they do not get paid unless you get a job.

  9. Contact a temp agency about getting temporary employment at an architecture firm. This will enable you to get your foot in the door and you will have something to put on your resume. Even if you are answering the phones instead of working with architects, it will help you get a feel for the environment and learn about the architecture business.

  10. Go to as many business related social events as possible. Tell EVERYONE that you are looking for a job. The best person to talk to at social events is the manufacturer's representatives (people who sell products that architects use, such as paint, carpet, bricks, etc) because they know almost everyone and can help by telling you if they hear that someone is hiring.

  11. Consider offering yourself for free as an intern for 6 weeks. This will help you get your foot in the door, give you something to put on your resume in the employment section, and enable you to learn about the business. Interns are often hired on full time after their internship is over.

  12. Look online at as many employment websites as possible. You may find an employment opportunity on these sites and you should post your resume if that feature is offered. Don't forget to look for jobs that might not be in your area but may allow you to work from home.

  13. While looking for a job, this may be a perfect opportunity for you to get more schooling in architecture. Perhaps you want to finish your architecture degree or get a masters degree in order to teach at a college level. There are many options for schooling, including online courses.

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