Architect Cv Personal Statement

Wow that is quite a job posting! As you probably noticed it is long and most of it is irrelevant to crafting your resume. Your first task is to delete out all of the fluff.

I have taken the above posting cleaned it up into key bullet points. I also place the points in order of what I believe to be most important. This is extremely helpful for composing a successful resume.

So I reduced the post down to its key points:

Senior Designer/Project Architect

Experience

  • 7+ years architectural design experience

  • Texas design experience with Commercial projects preferred.

  • Experience with Revit is required and other design presentation software preferred.

  • Understanding of all phases of a project from design to construction, including an understanding of programming and planning.

  • Develops solutions for complex design problems, including code compliance and agency interface.

  • Provides technical oversight and coordination of project activities with clients, consultants, contractors, and staff.

  • Coordinates specifications and drawings including consultant coordination, and is capable of making independent decisions for projects and project teams.

  • Participate in Construction administration for projects and works with project leaders on issues affecting budget, construction costs, schedule, and legal/liability related issues for the Firm.

  • Understands time management and utilizes project management tools.

  • Develops presentation materials to support project team’s design and marketing efforts.

  • Coordinates QA/QC processes and implements QA/QC recommendations.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture.

  • Texas architectural license or licensure-tracked

  • LEED accreditation preferred.

Now that is something we can work with. I split the points into two categories: experience and qualifications. You can’t do much about the latter.

If you don’t have a license then you can’t list it, but the experience points can always addressed. Really the only thing that isn’t negotiable in the above is the Bachelor's degree.

Notice how I took out all the “teamwork and collaboration” type stuff, don’t waste your time saying you are a team player. This always sounds cheesy and doesn’t prove anything. Instead of saying you are a team player, prove it through the descriptions in your resume.

The same goes for producing “accurate work”, it is implied that you create accurate work or you wouldn’t be applying. I took out anything that said “may assist”. If they are already saying it may not be required then it isn’t important.

Now that you have this reduced list, your job is to take relevant experience from your brag sheet and apply it to each of the points above.

Don’t worry about formatting or elegant wording at this point. That can be done later. Just get it on the page.

For example:

  • Provides technical oversight and coordination of project activities with clients, consultants, contractors, and staff.

    Worked on the construction documents for the National Bank project in which I interacted with the client daily, met weekly with the structural and MEP engineers, and coordinated with the interior design team

The above needs to be refined and condensed before it is resume ready but you can see how I have addressed the main requirements in this one post. Continue this process for as many of the job bullets as possible. 

Organize By Project

Depending on the depth of your work history, I recommend you divide your architecture resume by project. Provide a brief description along with any key metrics then apply your refined bullet point(s) as shown below. 

You can also see how I have tightened up and further emphasized the above responsibilities:

National Bank
Austin, TX
1.2 million sq. ft., $250 million, 40 story bank headquarters

  • Developed cladding details for construction documents, required weekly coordination with structural and MEP engineers
  • Led interior design team and conducted regular client meetings to discuss design changes

This method will address the priorities and create a resume that can be read as a checklist for the hiring manager. Remember to keep your points as concise as possible.

“Less is more“ couldn’t be more true in the context of a successful architecture resume or architecture CV.

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My interest in Architecture developed from a very young age and has since been a long-standing passion of mine.  It is the combination of art, technology and communication that makes this profession so appealing.  It was a family holiday to Barcelona that confirmed this interest, where Gaudi’s architectural innovation inspired me to actively seek a career in this profession.  My academic and personal experiences so far have therefore fully prepared me for a degree in Architecture and after having researched the options, I believe that the course at Anglia Ruskin University offers the ideal balance between design and theory to fully develop my skills for the future.

I have always been a very creative individual and so I have fervently studied Art and Design throughout my education, culminating in my achieving an A grade at A-Level.  I am a self-taught user of Adobe Photoshop and have become very confident with this software, and so I decided to combine these skills with my love for architecture and for the geometric nature of cubism in my final A-Level Art & Design project.  My cubist representations of landmark buildings were described as ‘technically and visually astute’ and earned me the highest marks in my year.  In addition to Art and Design A-Level, I also studied English Literature and Business Studies.  My decision to select English Literature stems from a love of reading and I fully believe that my exploration of the arts and literature heightens my creativity.  My A-Level in Business Studies, meanwhile, has enabled me to develop problem-solving skills that are crucial for a career in Architecture.

Whilst at school, I took part in the Young Enterprise competition where my peers nominated me to be the Creative Director.  We set up an e-commerce greeting card service and my responsibilities ranged from the design of the website and brand image to the design and creation of the end-product.  In addition to this, due to my excellent communication skills, my business teacher selected me to represent our company in each competitive round, involving presenting clearly and competently to large audiences and answering ad-hoc questions from the judges.  We received orders for our product from across the world and made it through to the national round of the competition.  Not only did this experience provide me with a deep understanding of start-up businesses but it has also developed my ability to work as part of a team and to think on my feet.  Learning how to address large audiences has prepared me for ‘critiques’ at University, and dealing with the pressure of answering impromptu questions has prepared me for conveying ideas to other professionals engaged in architectural projects.

As well as studying for my A-Levels, I have been volunteering at a local Architect firm where I have worked as Assistant to the Senior Architect.  I was initially employed to conduct administrative tasks only, but due to my enthusiasm and imagination I have been given the opportunity to work more directly on client projects.  As such, I have hands on experience of planning a project and a very real understanding of the fundamental processes involved in seeing a project through from start to finish.  Throughout my employment at this company I have been commended for my understanding of the aesthetics of architecture and my ability to transform client requirements into new and innovative designs.  Also, under the supervision of the Senior Architect and through my own determination, I have developed a strong foundation in the use of AutoCAD and this has enabled me to transform my ideas into real, workable drawings.

I am an active individual and in my spare time I am a very keen runner as well as a dedicated member of the local girls’ football team.  At a recent awards ceremony, I was presented with the ‘Most Promising Player’ award due to my dedication in perfecting my football skills and ability to work effectively in a team.  In addition to this, I subscribe to The Architects Journal, am an avid reader of The RIBA Journal web pages and often read the design pages of broadsheet newspapers such as The Times and The Guardian.  Also, on the rare occasion that I am at home, I love to watch the TV program, ‘Grand Designs’, and very recently travelled to London to attend the Grand Designs Live show.

I am very excited about the prospect of studying Architecture at Anglia Ruskin University, as I believe it will open the doors to a wealth of opportunities in the future.  I am particularly attracted to the environmental aspect of this degree as I am committed to using my career in Architecture to champion sustainable living.  I believe that my communication skills, creativity and technological curiosity combined with an innate architectural interest make me the ideal student for this course.

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