My top 10 ways to stay involved in the profession of architecture.

As we all know finding a placement or a job in the industry doesn’t always come easily or quickly so what I have found to aid this transition are listed below:-

1. Subscribe to a weekly architecture magazine – This is an excellent way to keep up to date with upcoming projects and get a sense of what firms are currently working on. They also often advertise jobs.

2. Media – For a lazy evening treat yourself to some TV there are many programs, documentaries and online lectures that you can catch up on demand. TED is an amazing online space that offers a range lectures covering all aspects of design and technology.

3. Volunteer Opportunities – Keep an eye out for volunteering opportunities in the construction industry located close to home or somewhere you can easily afford to commute.

4. Short courses – There are many short courses that are available that are relevant to architecture. However, be aware that some of these may be expensive and can be learnt from home. Also drawing classes and other evening classes can keep you using improving your skills.

5. Give yourself a project – Setting your own small projects is a great way to target areas that you wish to improve. Sketching, diagramming, 3D modelling and concepting can be practised through these projects giving you goals and targets to work on. This is a really fun way to keep your mind active.

6. Find local lectures or RIBA events to attend – Keep an eye out for RIBA events and evening lectures. I recently attended one in Woodstock at a local museum where architects from MJP came to speak about 2 projects they had worked on in the area. This is a great way to ask questions and meet professionals as well as show you are a keen graduate.

7. Architecture competitions – Even if you don’t have the money to enter an idea I enjoy doing the competitions for my own benefits. It’s interesting to compare the work of those who have entered with your own design conclusions.

8. Visits, Day trips and Tours – Visiting museums and old buildings is a great way to learn about the buildings that already exist. Also try going for a walk around the city to see what gems you can find. Don’t forget a sketchbook and camera. Often the people around these areas share a common interest.

9. Sketch booking – Keep a sketchbook and constantly sketch buildings you see on your travels. This is a great way to practise sketch diagrams for site analysis and drawing skills. Small sketchbooks are great to take to interviews as they tell the interviewer a lot about you and show your thought processes rather then a finished project.

10. Blogging and social networking  

Blogs – Write a Blog where you can record things that interest you and start an online community you can interact with over topics. If you don’t fancy writing one there are many blogs you can follow and you can use the comment section. (I will post an entry on my favourite blogs).

LinkedIn – is a great way for potential employers to find you and you can interact and connect with other professionals in the industry. It is important to have a good profile as many companies use this site to find potential employees.

Twitter – My favourite social network is Twitter. This is a space where you don’t need to spend all day on however, are instantly updated with news from companies and projects.


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