Friday, September 6, 2013

Job Search

Hello, I am a Kent State University Graduate from the school of Architecture and Environmental Design with a bachelors in Interior Design. I am seeking a Career in my field. I need to know what companies are hiring and where to look to apply. I have my resume, references and portfolio and ample work experience. Please advise if you know of any job openings anywhere, I am willing to relocate. Thank you for your time and have a blessed day.

I am not in a position to provide specific openings, but can certainly provide some insight on the job search.

The answer, in a nutshell, is:
Thru your research
And then thru your contacts 
--Richard Bolles

The above listed quote sums up the most effective method of searching for a position.  First, list potential employers that could hire you -- firms in your region, outside your region, etc.  Next, extend to your network (FB, LinkedIN, etc.) to find someone that knows someone in one your firms that is hiring.  

Everyone you know (family, friends, etc.) should know you are seeking a career position.  

Send your materials, knock on their doors, follow-up.

Your job is to secure a career position - full-time.  You should be spending 8-10 hours a day on your search.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sales Analyst to Architecture

Dr. Architecture,

After perusing the website, I saw a plethora of information regarding a career in architecture following the traditional route (ie, receiving a bachelors in ARCH and proceeding from there). How would one transition careers if they did not study ARCH as an undergraduate? 

I am currently a sales analyst who majored in finance and supply chain as an undergraduate and am looking a for a career change. I would appreciate guidance to some sources you are aware of that may aid me in such a transition.

If you have an undergraduate degree in any discipline you can apply to the Master of Architecture (3-4 years).  About 50-60 architecture programs in the U.S. have the Master of Architecture for those with a degree in another discipline.

For a list of accredited programs, visit --

Be aware that you will need to submit a portfolio as part of your admission application.  If you have no creative work, you may wish to take a drawing / art course to develop your skills.


India - Civil Engineering to Architecture

Dr. Architect

I found your e-mail from your blog. I am from India, I have completed my B.E in civil engineering but have an interest towards architecture as a career. i plan on pursuing M.Arch but most of the institutions here ask for B.arch as a eligibility criteria. Is there no chance that i can do a diploma course and continue with masters? Please suggest me a solution.

Thank You

Congrats on your completing your BE in Civil Engineering.

First, remember my expertise is on becoming an architect in the U.S.  With that said, you can pursue the Master of Architecture with your undergraduate degree, but in most cases you will need to study between 3-4 years because your degree is not in architecture.

To search accredited programs, visit -- --

Because your degree is related, you may be able to waive some required courses in structures but it will depend on the institutions to which you apply.  Be sure to have all of your course syllabi.

I cannot speak to the educational system in India, but I imagine that the Master of Architecture degrees are for those with the Bachelor of Architecture.

I am sorry I cannot be of more help.  Best.