Want to Land a Job at One of the Top 50 Architecture Firms? Here Are the Skills You Need to Have...

Want to Land a Job at One of the Top 50 Architecture Firms? Here Are the Skills You Need to Have...

This article was originally published on Black Spectacles.

Ever wonder what software skills and licensure/accreditation are required to get a job at the top 50 Architecture firms in the world? Our study has compiled it all...

We surveyed 928 job postings at the top 50 architecture firms, based on Architectural Record's July 2013 Top 300 Architecture Firms study, and compiled the software requirements and the licensure/accreditation requirements listed for each job. We then sorted them by average, and then by the experience level required, from 0-3, 4-10 and 11-20+.

The results are in the infographic below:

To expand this image, click on the image and then the link to "Original Size". Image Courtesy of Black Spectacles, by Bright Bright Great

In summary, for software skills, over 70% of architecture jobs require Revit skills, and over 50% still require AutoCAD skills. The #3 software skill required is Sketchup. We must admit that we were disappointed (but not surprised) to see that Grasshopper was only required for 3% of the jobs. And good old-fashioned hand-sketching was only explicitly called out in 4% of these jobs.

Software skill requirements fell predictably along experience lines, with lower experience requiring more software skills. The exceptions were in AutoCAD & Photoshop where the difference between the requirements of 0-3 years & 11-20 years of experience was over 20%.  The next largest difference was in Revit at 14%.

For licensure/accreditation we were very surprised to see that only 10% of jobs required licensure, but 25% required LEED Accreditation. The requirements for licensure/accreditation fell predictably along experience lines, with lower experience requiring less licensure/accreditation.

Below is a list of the firms that were surveyed.  We took the top 25 Architecture firms and the top 25 Architecture + Engineering firms for our survey.

This survey is obviously skewed to larger firms.  We are interested in expanding this survey to smaller firms, and would like your suggestions for where to find a good sample of smaller architecture firms- please add your thoughts in the comments below.

A firms:

  1. Gensler
  2. Perkins & Will
  3. NBBJ
  4. KPF
  5. Perkins Eastman
  6. Callison
  7. ZGF Architects
  8. Populous
  9. Corgan Associates, Inc.
  10. HMC Architects
  11. Mulvanny G2 Architecture
  12. Cunningham Group Architecture, Inc.
  13. Fentress Architects
  14. Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP
  15. VOA Associates, Inc.
  16. WATG/ Wimberly Interiors
  17. LPA, Inc.
  18. LS3P Associates, Ltd.
  19. Studios Architecture
  20. Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott
  21. Ayers Saint Gross
  22. TPG Architecture
  23. CBT Architects
  24. Add Inc.
  25. Ware Malcomb

AE Firms

  1. HOK
  2. HKS, Inc.
  3. SOM
  4. Cannon Design
  5. Leo A Daly
  6. Ingenium International, Inc.
  7. Smith Group JJR
  8. DLR Group
  9. Page Southerland Page
  10. Gresham, Smith and Partners
  11. Hammel Green and Abrahamson, INC
  12. Flad Architects
  13. EYP
  14. Nelson
  15. Heery International, Inc.
  16. Ewing Cole
  17. PBK Architects
  18. The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc.
  19. CTA Architects Engineers
  20. Moseley Architects
  21. Little
  22. WD Partners
  23. Lionakis
  24. Huckabee
  25. Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber

Infographic by Bright Bright Great.

About this author
Cite: Vanessa Quirk. "Want to Land a Job at One of the Top 50 Architecture Firms? Here Are the Skills You Need to Have..." 15 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/527556/want-to-land-a-job-at-one-of-the-top-50-architecture-firms-here-are-the-skills-you-need-to-have> ISSN 0719-8884

Cannon Design Regional Offices (Cannon Design was one of Architectural Record's Top 50 Architecture Firms in 2013). Image © Architectural Imageworks, LLC


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