ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO

August 1, 2022

The Architecture Portfolio is a tool for the architect to attract clients or even achieve that long-dreamed opportunity in a large architectural firm.

It is essential to have an updated and well-designed portfolio that best expresses all your knowledge and skills.

In this post, I will show you everything you need to know to create a killer portfolio! Follow us!

ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO: WHAT IS IT?

ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO

An architecture portfolio is a compilation of your projects that best expresses your skills, knowledge and experience, providing an insight into your personality and work style.

Interviewing an architect is not a simple task since we are talking about a professional who has a very wide range of skills.

So, the portfolio shows itself as an excellent resource to show what you are capable of.

You do not need to be a trained professional to have a portfolio; even during the course, you can use the projects you have developed and are currently developing.

After all, it is in college that you have the greatest freedom to express yourself and show your style.

But what to include in the portfolio? How to assemble? How to use the portfolio to get clients or even the long-awaited job opportunity? These are the doubts that I will clarify below.

HOW TO SET UP A GOOD ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO? 5 MUST-SEE TIPS!

ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO

Source: Architecture Portfolio - Marina Araújo

An architecture portfolio must express the professional you are.

Therefore, you need to be careful with each detail that will be inserted and how to organize everything in a way that values your knowledge and skills.

There is no rule for creating an architecture portfolio, which may concern some, but I prefer to look at it more positively because this way, the architect can use his best tool, creativity!

Spend the necessary time as a good portfolio is not created overnight, so take it easy and be careful. It is your personal brand that is being worked on, and the result should be the best possible.

CREATIVITY

ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO - CREATIVITY

First of all, creativity is not only a gift, but it is something that is also achieved through work overtime, with a lot of research, study, and improvement.

A portfolio is not a curriculum. While the curriculum expresses all the theoretical part of its knowledge, the portfolio will present this knowledge in practice. Your portfolio needs to show all your skills, techniques, and especially your style. It is a testament to your ability and qualification; after all, it is an actual demonstration of all your learning;

Creating your portfolio will be no different, as it is through it that you will understand your work process, how you deal with problems, and work out your ideas generating solutions for architectural projects.

So here are some tips for exploring your portfolio creatively:

  • Drink from other sources - seek inspiration in other areas such as photography or graphic design; this will give you interesting ideas;
  • Play with colors - yes, your portfolio can and should use a good color palette; you can even use the same palette that was used in your past projects;
  • Be minimalist - be careful not to overdo it with details, effects, or extravagant elements; what should be highlighted are your projects;
  • Ask for an opinion - show your portfolio to other professionals and also to people from different areas, another point of view is always welcome;
  • Study other portfolios - there is nothing wrong with consulting other portfolios for inspiration. Do a lot of research, analyze the narrative adopted to present each project, layout, etc.
  • Show your difference - do you have other skills besides architecture? It may be interesting to reserve a space in your portfolio to present this knowledge.

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AVOID SPELLING ERRORS

AVOID SPELLING ERRORS

In addition to worrying about which are the best boards, images, and other details of your projects, it is essential to be very careful with the texts.

In an architecture portfolio, the text must be clear and objective, being an element that should help the project's presentation narrative, so spelling or grammar errors cannot happen under any circumstances.

Due to the reduced volume of text present in the portfolio, any error will be highlighted, so no matter how beautiful your portfolio is, the spelling must be impeccable.

WATCH OUT THE LAYOUT

WATCH OUT THE LAYOUT

A crucial factor for the success of your portfolio is the layout, which is nothing more than the way in which the images, texts, and other information in your architecture portfolio will be distributed and organized.

The layout must be very well diagrammed, as it will contribute to the presentation narrative of each of the projects you select to compose your portfolio.

Tell a story - there is no point in simply throwing the images of the project's result; your proposal must have at least the stages of beginning, development and conclusion. We understand then that the project must have a text contextualizing the objective, development studies (or even sketches) and images; don't forget, your project is not just about renders.

Let's check some precautions that can be taken:

The architect expresses himself through images, so there is nothing fairer than mastering an image editing tool, such as:

  • Photoshop,
  • Illustrator,
  • CorelDraw, etc.

Another important factor is the typography, which consists of the fonts of the letters that will be selected to compose the texts of your architecture portfolio, avoid too elaborate formats, give preference to simple fonts that guarantee legibility.

You can also use tools like Google slides or the Canva website to build and diagram your portfolio; that is, there are plenty of tools to create an architectural portfolio!

CHOOSE A GOOD PLATFORM

CHOOSE A GOOD PLATFORM

Today, there are several online platforms for sharing architectural portfolios, which is shown as a hand in the wheel because with a simple link you can share your portfolio.

I will present great sites for you to create or share your portfolio online:

  • Behance - is a portfolio website offered by Adobe (which develops Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). Offers tools with metrics on your project's visit traffic, job offers and more.
  • Issuu - is a platform that allows you to read PDF files such as magazines, books, and, of course, portfolios. 
  • Archinect - community focused on connecting architects, students, designers and architecture fans. It offers resources for online portfolio in addition to the possibility of forums, news feeds and job advertisements, but all in English.
  • Pinterest - is a visual social network offering ideas and references for everything you can imagine. In it, you can create your page and share your projects, being a trendy website.
  • Carbonmade - in addition to being an online portfolio, it offers tools for personalizing your portfolio in a very similar to a personalized website.
  • Wix - is an online platform for creating and editing websites; very visual, not requiring excellent knowledge in HTML and developing websites; it is also possible to create your online portfolio.
  • Wordpress - If you have an affinity for creating websites, this is the biggest platform for website development, allowing you to create a portfolio precisely the way you want.

You also count on Block Revit to boost your portfolio with quality parametric families!

ADAPT THE ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO TO WHICH IT IS PROPOSED

Whenever we think of a portfolio, we are directed to a single portfolio, and we have some types of architectural portfolio and also some situations in which it can be used.

How many projects to select? Do not worry too much about the quantity, but with what projects demonstrate the professional you are (or want to be), from that, you select your best projects.

You may need to present your portfolio to a client or apply for a vacancy in an architecture firm, which requires a professional with a specific work profile.

You can have a standard portfolio and create a version aimed at a specific audience or architecture firm.

Understand that the idea is to value your skills based on the needs of each client.

The most important thing is, to be honest and show your full potential.

3 AMAZING EXAMPLES OF ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO!

If there is one thing that is a fact in architecture, it is that inspiration never hurts!

So let's check out three outstanding portfolios for you to get inspired and start building yours!

MARINA ARAUJO

Marina's portfolio inspires anyone.

PORTFOLIO - MARINA ARAUJO

With a very well-organized layout, even the most straightforward projects are highly valued, managing to highlight the strengths of the proposals presented.

PORTFOLIO - MARINA ARAUJO

Each project has a different layout proposal, yet the portfolio can be fluid and transparent, transmitting all the necessary information.

Even some constructive details, which usually require specific technical knowledge for their understanding, are fluid and easy to understand.

PORTFOLIO - MARINA ARAUJO

In short, we have a pleasant reading portfolio, with a good narrative and a beautiful composition, where all the projects were very well presented.

Check out the complete portfolio, which is available on the platform ISSUU: Marina Araújo

ANNIKA BABRA

PORTFOLIO - ANNIKA BABRA

A beautiful example of a portfolio is that of Annika Babra, who knew how to work very well with a color palette in cotton candy tones.

The portfolio has a fluid and smooth narrative and at certain times we are surprised by a beautiful image of the project filling the entire sheet.

PORTFOLIO - ANNIKA BABRA

All projects have a presentation sheet that has a summary to contextualize the project.

In the sequence, we have a series of drawings and images that can present the entire evolution of the project, going through volumetric studies, sections, and exploded views demonstrating the whole work process.

PORTFOLIO - ANNIKA BABRA

Check out the complete portfolio, which is available on the platform ISSUU: Annika Babra.

LAZAR DJURIC

Lazar Djuric presents a portfolio with a panoramic format, which is not so conventional, mainly in this proportion, but offers a unique view of his projects.

PORTFOLIO - LAZAR DJURIC

Even the proposals with a more significant number of details show a pleasant reading, with a color palette with soft tones, but still managing to highlight essential points of the proposal.

PORTFOLIO - LAZAR DJURIC

A beautiful portfolio that shows that the possibilities are almost endless, especially when we have the potential to explore different formats, seeking to make the most of the projects presented.

PORTFOLIO - LAZAR DJURIC

Check out the complete portfolio, which is available on the platform Issuu: Lazar Djuric

CONCLUSION

Your architecture portfolio is a narrative of your trajectory in this universe, so you need to use all your creativity to be inspiring!

Now that you know what an architecture portfolio is, you already know that it is necessary to start as soon as possible, working calmly and attentively, as it is a task that requires a long time.

Don't forget that your projects must be impeccable, so review all the information and take the opportunity to subscribe to Club Blocks and guarantee now the best collections of Revit families to further personalize your portfolio!

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PS. Check out Archifolio.io, they also offer great template options that will help you improve your portfolio.

The author of the article

Luis André
Master of architecture, product designer and professor. Sharing professional content from leading architectural software for 10 years.
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