Career in Architecture

Careers in architecture are as varied and interesting as the people who hold them.


  • Discover architecture. It is diverse and multifaceted, and has many opportunities for specialization—become familiar with the options.
  • Be interested in the design of the built environment, including public space, and how people use it.
  • Ask questions. Contact the AIA Seattle office; talk with architects; observe buildings and construction sites; visit schools and speak with architecture students.
  • Prepare for professional education. Develop a broad interest in the arts and humanities and a solid background in the physical sciences, and math. Consider taking Advanced Placement courses while in high school.
  • Learn communication skills. Writing effectively, speaking clearly, and developing freehand drawing skills are essential to pursuing a career in architecture.
  • Read books and magazines on architecture and design, and browse the web for architecture design websites and blogs.


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Design in Public

Installation Power of Consequence by Signal Architecture + Research & Equinox Studios COG at the 2017 Seattle Design Festival Block Party

Seattle Design Festival 2018: TRUST

The 2018 Seattle Design Festival will be September 6-21. Read more


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