Posted by Donald on February 04, 2004 at 15:37:40:
In Reply to: looking for practice posted by Joanna on February 04, 2004 at 01:57:02:
In looking for your first job, you should consider firms of good reputation where you will be exposed to all phases of practice. This may mean a small to medium size office or a larger firm for experience in projects involving large numbers of design, construction and business management skills. Your school's placement office (if you have one) may assist you in contacting architects interested in current graduates, or you can simply write to firms of your own interest and knowledge, stating clearly and concisely your qualifications as you see them and the salary range you consider equitable. The architect will respond, suggesting an interview if your application fits a job description or firms need.
A portfolio presenting your studio projects and any experience you have accumulated will interest the architect. The intent of the interview is to engage you in conversation ant try to understand how your skills and talents will contribute to the needs of the firm. In turn you will confirm that the office will meet your educational needs.
The best advice I can give you is to be motivated and direct in your presentation of yourself and portfolio of your work. The rest will be in the hands of the decision makers of the firm you interview. Have fun and good luck with it.
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