At BRR, we believe in the importance of personal and professional development for everyone who joins our firm. It also should begin well before an architect or designer begins his or her career.
In July, we opened the doors of our Kansas City office to welcome future architects and designers from across the region, representing University of Kansas, Kansas State, Drury University, Park University, Johnson County Community College and University of Arkansas. After a short tour, students had the chance to sample our virtual reality and laser scanning technology that we offer our clients on projects every day.
More than a dozen of our teammates offered their time to review and provide comments on student portfolios and resumes. They offered feedback on portfolio structure, project summaries, resume content, and overall graphic style. Our guests had great questions, and we were happy to offer our insight into the ‘real world’ of architecture and design. Plus we really enjoyed the opportunity to the exciting projects and technologies available to students at the university setting now – we spotted some incredible work!
For those students who were unable to attend — here are important things to know as you’re building your portfolios:
- Portfolio presentation is as important as the content. Be sure to allow plenty of white space between elements to help assist the pages from feeling over cluttered. Font, margins, structure and proportion help speak to your architecture ability.
- Make sure your portfolio includes hints at the intellect behind a process, and more sophisticated analytical capabilities.
- A long portfolio is not necessarily better than a short one. Put your best project first and close with a good project as well, but first impression always counts. Only include your best projects, if you have any doubts, leave the project out. It’s better to have a few excellent projects than a bunch of average ones.
- Personality is key. Include other applicable skills– drawings, writing, art, photography– these can allow the firm to learn more about the person you are.
- Practice your presentation. Start off with a solid introduction of who you are as a young professional and what drives you.
We felt the day was so successful, we’re hosting another review session in January 2019. Be sure to mark your calendars now, and check back with us for more information in the coming months.