How to Make an Architecture Portfolio?

Aurimas Pocius

Aurimas Pocius

CEO of ArchVisualizations 3D Studio working in 3D property rendering market from 2011.

How to Make an Architecture Portfolio?

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Like any other profession, you need a decent portfolio to start off well as an architect. 

When you have an impressive portfolio, you can draw more clients and employees and generate more revenue for yourself.

Thus, you should know how to make an architecture portfolio to survive in the field. This blog reveals ways to make an architecture portfolio more impressive and intriguing for potential employers or clients.

Binge-read the article and familiarize yourself with several enticing tips to make your portfolio considerably impressive for your clients. 

What is an Architectural Portfolio?

Your architectural portfolio is a unique set of skills and expertise that make you stand out in a world full of competition and architectural talent. Your portfolio should include the best work of your professional career to introduce your work to the clients. In addition to this, your portfolio is the best way to market your work as an architectural artist.

That is why the portfolio should be diverse enough to reflect your expertise. You should add every unique detail that makes your architectural work stand out and make your portfolio a bouquet of diverse skills.

Your portfolio will bring you more clients and outshine your talent, skills, and work ethic. Your portfolio will reflect your professionalism and creative capabilities to your potential clients and inform them of your talent. Hence, it should be good enough to represent your craft.

There are ways you can brush up on your architectural portfolio. 

Furthermore, one should always stay relevant and stick to the instructions provided by the clients. Each project is unique and comes with different needs and requirements. Hence, you must always curate a craft that is closely related to the conceptual image of the project in your client’s head. 

Moreover, the clients or your employers will always demand assurance from you. They would want to know whether you can meet their expectations or not. Thus, you should tailor the architectural designs accordingly to get their approval.

Types of Portfolio

Your architectural portfolio can be of two types: a sample portfolio and a full portfolio. However, you should consider which type of audience you are dealing with. For instance, if you are job hunting on online platforms, you should provide your CV with a sample portfolio.

When you provide your sample portfolio, employers will be able to judge your technical expertise, skills, artistic creativity, and professional knowledge. While submitting the portfolio, you should keep it no longer than 8-10 pages, or its softcopy size should not exceed 8Mbs.

Furthermore, your portfolio should comply with your CV. If you have mentioned some skill in your resume, you should provide a sample of work related to that skill. That way, you will be able to convince your clients or employers more strongly.

When your manager receives your CV mentioning your skillset along with the proof provided as a sample portfolio, you might be called for an interview. That is when your full portfolio will spring into action. You can then show them all the significant milestones in your career. 

You can exploit this opportunity to showcase your completed projects, reviews from your past clients, intricate construction skills, and creative problem-solving abilities. 

Here are some of the Portfolio formatting tips that you must consider while compiling a profile of your professional skills:

  • The length of your portfolio should not exceed more than 8 to 10 pages
  • You should submit your portfolio in PDF form. 
  • The size of your portfolio file should not be more than 10MB.
  • You should include your name, surname, job title, phone number, and email address.
  • Your portfolio’s font should be easy to understand. It should be either Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman.
  • The font size should be between 10 to 12.
  • You must start with your recent achievements or projects and then follow the chronology accordingly.
  • Furthermore, you should also add your first and last name to your portfolio file.

For your full portfolio, you should consider the following formatting skills:

  • The length of your complete portfolio should not be less than 40 to 50 pages.
  • The file type of your full portfolio should be PDF.
  • Furthermore, the cover of your full portfolio should include your surname, name, job title, email address, and contact details.
  • The font type should be simple enough to be understood easily. You can keep any font type between Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman.
  • The font size should be between 10 to12.
  • Also, you should start with the most recent work in your full portfolio.
  • You should name your portfolio, First and last name-portfolio. 

What to Include in Your Portfolio?

Based on your experience, you can add each of your works to your portfolio. The length of your portfolio will depend on the years you have served the architectural world as an artist and also the number of projects you have signed and completed during your career.

What Should You Include as a Student or Intern?

For instance, if you are working as a student or an internee in the field of architecture, having a portfolio is quintessential. You can channel your academic work, creative ideas, and problem-solving skills through your portfolio. Furthermore, your employer is also interested in knowing your grip on theoretical knowledge of architectural designing.

The newbies and students hunting for jobs in the architectural field should provide a harbinger of their skills, interests, and basic understanding of technical architectural processing via their CV and portfolio.

What Should You Include in Early Career?

However, if you have already entered the architectural industry and have spent almost one to three years of your life working as an architectural engineer, your portfolio should include your running projects, the stages you have completed, and past projects. 

Furthermore, you can also provide your potential employers with proof of your expertise and professional progress. You can add the projects you completed during your academic years and should also provide your recent work.

 What Should You Include in Mid-Level Career?

If you are an architect who has worked as a professional in the past three to eight years, your portfolio should be decent enough to impress your employers. Your portfolio should indicate all of your milestones. 

For instance, if you have worked in different sectors of the field that come under the umbrella of architectural engineering, you should understandably mention them all. Likewise, if you have worked on a complex architectural project, you should also mention all the intricate details regarding the project in your portfolio. 

In addition, if you have received any award related to your field, you should never forget to mention such achievements in your CV or portfolio. That way, you will be able to provide all the information needed to judge your work.

Furthermore, you should never shy away from mentioning the number of completed projects you have dealt with in your career. Likewise you can also mention your years of experience and highlight the significant milestones of your career.

 What Should You Include as Senior Architect?

Senior architects have more than eight years of experience in their professional field. After spending eight years of your life as a professional in the architectural industry, you have already gained enough experience. 

Now, you have substantial experience in team leading, business development, and problem-solving, which can prove to be an asset for any and every employer in the world. You can mention all these skills in your resume.

However, your focus should still be on showcasing your numerous projects during these long years of your career. You should illustrate your projects, including the pre-design, construction phase, and completed projects. 

However, you should keep one thing in mind while compiling your portfolio: You should avoid adding projects dated six years or more. However, if any of these projects can significantly impact your recruitment, you may add them to your portfolio.

Choosing between your completed projects and the images you should add can seem very hard. However, professionally, keeping your portfolio as simple as possible is wise. In addition to this, you should highlight projects where your involvement was more significant than the others. That way, you will be able to impress your employers even better.

How to Improve Your Technical Skills and Enhance Your Portfolio?

To improve your technical skills as an architectural engineer, you should select the appropriate software or applications to draw. You can select apps that match your professional skill level and also watch tutorials to amplify your skills.

Once you have the appropriate software application in mind, you can then work on your creative and technical skills. There are several applications and software available online for different levels of professionals. No matter if you are a newbie or an expert, you can always enhance your portfolio using an appropriate application and software.

With online tutorials and the plethora of applications, you can always master the art of drawing architectural structures, manage projects like a pro, and create an impressive portfolio. Furthermore, you can also attend seminars, indulge in professional discussions, and update your knowledge by being in touch with the professional network. When you stay in touch with your professional community, you are able to brush up on your skills and improve your portfolio. 

Likewise, attending seminars and watching tutorials on 3D rendering designs and other technical skills associated with architectural designing will help you improve your portfolio and make it look more impressive to your employers.

How to Structure Your Portfolio?

When you have served in the field of architectural engineering for more than ten years, it can be pretty hard to select between your projects. You might find each project professionally significant; however, adding all the projects might not be a wise decision. Hence, you should plan a strategy to select between the projects.

Like any other matter, you should choose quality over quantity when compiling a portfolio for yourself. Simply put, you should only mention projects in your portfolio that will add value to your CV and should avoid crowding your portfolio with trivial or negligible projects.

You should add recent work to your portfolio. Sticking to this strategy can reap several professional benefits. For instance, when you add recent projects, you are showcasing to potential employers the most refined and amplified project of your career. 

This is true because the recent work will reflect your expertise and the top-notch level of the skills you have acquired during your career. On the other hand, adding projects from your early years of career can inadvertently showcase your flawed and immature projects reflecting your inexperience. 

Thus, stick to adding the projects that you have completed in recent years. That way, you will be able to impress your employers with your most experienced, recent skills, improved proficiency, and flawless projects from throughout your career.

Now that you understand why you should add the recent work to your portfolio let’s move on to the other aspect. Your portfolio should also be structured to correspond to all the requirements mentioned in the job requirement section.

You can provide hand-made sketches, technical designs, or projects at different stages to prove that your skillset matches the job requirement. That way, you will be able to prove yourself as a deserving candidate for the job opportunity.

In addition to this, you should also describe each project within 100 words. This description should include the following information:

  • Project title or location
  • The value of the project
  • RIBA stage of the project
  • The scale of the project
  • Your role in the project
  • Software you used in completing the project

Layout and Design of the Portfolio

You can create your portfolio by either creating a PDF file or building a whole website to demonstrate your professional skillset. In addition to this, you may also create your portfolio and submit its hard copy to the potential employer. 

Furthermore, you can also advertise your portfolio on different websites and attract an audience of interest from other websites with high audience engagement. However, the layout and design of the portfolio are two things you should never take lightly.

To design your portfolio, you can use applications like Adobe InDesign to create, drop, drag, and edit. If you need to edit an image or a drawing, you can use a Photoshop tool or an illustrator. Your portfolio should include a cover letter and a picture of one of your projects as well. 

In addition to this, the layout of your portfolio should be as simple as possible and should be more comprehensible. When the hiring manager is going through your portfolio, it should be easy for them to judge your skills and comprehend your experience with the simplest layout. 

Furthermore, keep in mind that the sample portfolio should not be more than ten pages; however, the full portfolio can exceed 40 to 50 pages. Add the best and most recent work of your career to the portfolio to allure potential employers or clients.

Do’s and Don’ts

Here are some of the things you should do while compiling  a portfolio for yourself as an architectural engineer:

  • Prepare two portfolios: a Sample portfolio to attach to your CV and a Full portfolio to demonstrate your skills in detail during the interview.
  • Please only add the projects that were your best ones. I also prefer to add the projects that are the most recent ones.
  • Illustrate your diverse skills and a broad spectrum of your knowledge.
  • Keep it simple and relevant.

Here are some of the things you should always avoid while crafting a portfolio of your architectural skills:

  • Do not make your sample portfolios longer than ten pages.
  • Your full portfolio should not be less than 50 pages.
  • Start with the recent work or project and follow the chronology in descending order.
  • Keep it concise, simple, and comprehensive.

Wrapping Up

Your portfolio is a harbinger of your unique skills as an architectural engineer that make you stand out in the congested architectural engineering industry. This portfolio will help you aptly market your skills and draw more clients or employers.

However, there are certain things that you must keep in mind when compiling a portfolio. Considering everything mentioned above, you will be able to impress your potential employer and earn a dream job. You can follow the above-mentioned tips and create an impressive gig of your professional achievements and projects you have done.


Q: What Should an Architecture Portfolio Include?

The portfolio of an architect should include the architect’s name, contact details, project name, role in project completion, description of each project, and academic or professional achievements.

Q: How Many Projects Should be in an Architecture Portfolio?

Your architecture should have a maximum of five projects that you recently signed and are either working on or have recently finished.

Q: How Many Pages Should a Portfolio Be?

Your sample portfolio should not exceed more than 10 pages whereas the full portfolio should not be less than 30-50 pages.

How to Make an Architecture Portfolio?

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CEO of ArchVisualizations 3D Studio working in 3D property rendering market from 2011.

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