Being in an architectural graduate school, surrounded by students and instructors using and developing the most up-to-date tools in design, gives me an inside look on what skills employers are seeking in new graduates. Even those who have been out of school for some time still benefit from learning new programs and implementing them at their workplace. One important thing I have learned in the last few years is that in the architecture field, the more skills one has, the more marketable that individual becomes. This means that many architects have to be Renaissance men and women in order to land that perfect job. In addition to being architects, they can be engineers, artists, and web and graphic designers, just to name a few.
In my experience specifically, computer programming and video editing have become an integral part of my architectural studies. Upon learning Adobe After Effects last year to do video editing for animations of my architecture projects, I realized that many firms need someone well-versed with this tool to help save money by doing the firm’s animations in-house. Every architecture and design firm also needs great websites to attract business, so having web design experience when applying for jobs is a major advantage. When I began to learn programming for my graduate level classes, I was skeptical at first, but I realized that many architects need programming and scripting skills in today’s world.
Architects like Ezio Blasetti use programs as simple as Processing to make conceptual sketches for new projects. This is just one example of a new way architects have been redefining old processes. Another desired skill I see requested on dozens of job postings is, of course, Autodesk Revit experience. Many young students like myself groan at the thought of having to learn it, as it is traditionally associated with producing with plain rectilinear structures. But Revit has been used in many architectural offices to produce edgy buildings, including most of SHoP Architects’ designs. In short, diversity in interests and talents are a way to stand out from other potential employees. Never stop learning new programs, because it is easy to fall behind. With all this in mind, do you believe you’re ready and have what it takes to be a good architect?