Careers in Architecture


Looking for an entry level job or internship in architecture? This is an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have relevant entry level and internship opportunities.

Architecture Careers

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If buildings grab your interest and you ponder over the specifics of their design, you might be prime material for the field of architecture.

One of the clearest job paths in architecture is that of an architect, who designs buildings–both inside and out–for others to build or renovate. An architect has to keep many things in mind while designing a building such as sustainability, accessibility, and the surrounding buildings.

But the road to becoming an architect is a long one. Potential architects must complete a bachelor’s degree in architecture followed by a fifth year of study (or a master’s degree in architecture), then complete a training period before passing a licensing exam.

When you do pass the licensing exam (which varies from state to state), you can practice architecture. Here are a few places you might work:

  • Preservation society
  • Design firm
  • Urban planning
  • Real estate firm

Since architecture is both an art and a science, courses in art and the sciences are useful, particularly in drawing, photography, computer science, and physics. An understanding of spatial relationships will only help you in developing your skills. Sharpen your computer skills as well, as computer-aided drawing programs are used on a day to day basis.

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Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in Architecture

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Houzz - Houzz is a Palo Alto, CA based company that offers “a collaborative platform for home remodeling and design."

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American Conservatory Theater - American Conservatory Theater is a San Francisco based non-profit that aims to "renew, and reinvent the rich theatrical traditions that are our collective legacy."

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Hanley Wood - Washington, DC based Hanley Wood is “the premier media, event, information and strategic marketing services company serving the residential and commercial design and construction industries.”

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Chicago Architecture Foundation - Chicago Architecture Foundation is a non-profit organization that is “devoted to celebrating and promoting Chicago as a center of architectural innovation.”

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Vedere - Vedere is a New York, NY based company that offers “an online design community and global marketplace unlike any other.”

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Design Within Reach - Design Within Reach is a Stamford, CT based furniture retailer that makes authentic modern design accessible with stores across the country.

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General Growth Properties - GGP is a Chicago, IL based real estate trust that owns and operates shopping centers all across the United States.

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Institute for Transportation and Development Policy - If you're excited by the intersection of transportation and international development, then consider a career with ITDP.

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Chicago History Museum - If you find that Chicago history speaks to you, then you’ll want to take a look at the Chicago History Museum’s Jobs page.

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Perkins+Will - I’m not much of an architectural critic, but Perkins+Will's projects look great and so do their entry level jobs for recent college grads.

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Sapphos Environmental - Sapphos Environmental is a Pasadena, CA based environmental consulting company that specializes in planning, resource management, and environmental compliance.

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Populous - Populous' work goes well beyond architecture and design, so I’d imagine that they offer all kinds of jobs; however, right now the options are pretty limited.

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Rockwell Group - Rockwell Group doesn’t list jobs, but they do say “if you are passionate, creative, smart, hardworking, and looking for your next challenge,” you should apply.

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National Building Museum - If you have a passion for buildings, then a job with National Building Museum will lay the perfect foundation for your career.

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Public Architecture - Public Architecture a very cool non-profit, and certainly one that an architecturally minded new grad might want to work for.

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National Park Service - If you love Memorial Day as much as I do, then a job with the National Park Service might be something worth thinking about.

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Starwood - Starwood gets hospitality. They also get entry level recruiting. They make it dead simple for college students and new grads to find jobs with them.

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Department of Veterans Affairs - Finding jobs with the Federal Government can be tough, but we’ll guide you through the process of finding opportunities with the Department of Veterans\' Affairs

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Rumsey Engineers - Rumsey is hiring new engineering graduates for jobs such as Energy Modeler, Energy Analyst, HVAC Design Engineer, and Plumbing Engineer.

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National Trust for Historic Preservation - The National Trust for Historic Preservation, an organization that saves America's historic places, is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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J.P. Franzen Associates Architects - Franzen Architects is looking to hire an Intern Architect (intern has a different meaning in architecture) who is driven to become a licensed architect.

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WET Design - WET Design is the industry leader in creating water-based environments and experiences, and they are looking for top performers to join their team.

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