Enhancing Your Architectural CV and Portfolio: Guidance for Shruti

Professional CV of Shruti Deore with photo, experience, skills, and education.

In the pursuit of architectural opportunities, the presentation of your CV and portfolio is paramount. For Shruti, and many others on the same journey, refining these documents to highlight professional qualifications, experiences, and design acumen is crucial. Drawing from the feedback provided in the Architecture Assistant CV and Portfolio Workshop, this guide aims to distill actionable insights to improve the effectiveness of your architectural CV and portfolio.

Clear Professional Designation

A common oversight in many architectural CVs is the absence of a clear professional designation. Whether you’re a Part 1 or Part 2 Architectural Assistant, stating this outright at the top of your CV is essential. This not only provides immediate clarity about your current professional stage but also aids potential employers in understanding the context of your experiences and skills.

Explicit Software Proficiency

The proficiency in software tools like Revit is a critical skill in the architecture field. Specifying the extent of your experience with these tools (e.g., “three years of experience with Revit”) can significantly enhance your CV. This detail offers a quantifiable measure of your technical capabilities, making it easier for employers to assess your fit for a role that requires such skills.

Academic Achievements and Dates

Including your academic grades and the timestamps of your experiences adds a layer of transparency and detail to your CV. These elements not only showcase your academic diligence but also provide a timeline of your professional development, lending credibility and depth to your documented journey.

Industry Experience Front and Center

For those who have garnered industry experience, prioritizing this over academic projects in your portfolio can be a strategic move. Real-world experience is highly valued in the architecture field, as it demonstrates your ability to apply theoretical knowledge in practical settings. Editing your portfolio to lead with industry work highlights your readiness to contribute to professional projects from the get-go.

Portfolio Content and Layout

The feedback suggests that while the creative aspects of your portfolio, such as graphic design elements, are commendable, there’s room for improvement in terms of content organization and clarity:

  • Reduce Length: A concise portfolio that focuses on your strongest work is more impactful than an overly lengthy one. Consider slimming down the content to ensure that each page holds significant value and contributes to a cohesive narrative of your skills and experiences.
  • Provide Context: Each project featured in your portfolio should be accompanied by a brief description or context to help viewers understand its scope, your role, and the skills applied. This textual accompaniment enriches the visual presentation, offering a fuller picture of your capabilities.
  • Orientation for Readability: While creative layouts can be engaging, ensure that your portfolio is easy to read without requiring physical manipulation (e.g., turning one’s head). Prioritize layouts that are inherently accessible and straightforward to navigate.


Refining your architectural CV and portfolio requires a balance between showcasing your design creativity and ensuring the clarity and accessibility of your professional qualifications. By clearly stating your professional stage, detailing your software proficiency, prioritizing industry experience, and presenting your work in a concise and context-rich format, you can create a compelling narrative that resonates with potential employers.

For more resources and guidance tailored to architecture students and professionals, exploring platforms like the Architecture Social can provide additional insights and support in your professional development journey.