How to Start an Architecture Design Career with a Junior Architect Job

Starting a career in Architecture Design starts with a job like a Junior Architect position. This is a great way to start after college. This role supports and collaborates with creative teams at an architecture and design companies.

If you are looking to begin your design career with a junior architect job, your future can feel like empty plain just waiting for you to erect the cityscape of your dreams upon it. But it can be difficult to know how to get started. Luckily, we’re here to help.  

At Architecture Design Collaborative (ADC), we are a nationally ranked architecture firm serving Southern California since 2014. When you work with us, you work at a firm where creativity and innovation aren’t just encouraged – they’re required

You will have a voice the moment you walk through the door, have opportunities to work on a variety of projects and grow your skills, and have the chance to experience what attracted you to this job in the first place – the joy of being creative. Learn how to start your design career at an architecture and design company by reading ahead in our blog!

How to Get a Junior Architect Job

Becoming a junior architect requires getting qualifications, developing skills, and following basic steps. First, you must:

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree in architecture through a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  • Complete an internship at an architecture and design company
  • Pass the Architect Registration Exam 

At ADC, we offer internship opportunities for aspiring architects like you to gain essential experience, advance to a junior architect role, hit the ground running, and construct the career of your dreams. Apply for our summer internship here.

“When studying to become an architect, you are designing and drawing up the blueprint for your career. When you work as a junior architect, you start laying the foundation of what it will become and bringing that blueprint to life.”

Craig Chinn, President at ADC

Just as importantly, skills you should work on developing while gaining the necessary qualifications for a junior architect job include (but are not limited to):

  • Software proficiency
  • Design skills 
  • An understanding of building specifications and dimensions
  • An understanding of construction and building codes
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • The ability to quickly identify project needs
  • Self-management
  • Creativity

What Does a Junior Architect Do?

When working a junior architect job, you provide support to senior architects and lead designers on architectural projects. Junior architects perform several duties, from helping develop plans to preparing presentations, all of which are crucial skills as they advance.

As a junior architect at a leading architecture and design company like ADC, you will be getting your gears turning and creating something real in a modern, fulfilling work environment and a culture that values passion, creativity, and collaboration.

At this stage, you are honing your craft and refining your talents through contributions and collaboration under the guidance and mentorship of seniors on a variety of projects.

Junior architects offer a wide range of support as needed while always keeping the needs of the project top of mind.

Junior Architect’s Duties Can Include (But Are Not Limited To):

  • Conducting cursory research for projects
  • Studying and minimizing the environmental impacts of construction processes
  • Corresponding with contractors 
  • Completing drawings
  • Helping create schedules and budgets for projects
  • Creating proposals
  • Corresponding with clients to obtain requirements, answer questions, and give status updates
  • Assisting in coordinating details for projects

Apply for a Junior Architect Job at ADC

As an architect, the whole world is your canvas. All you need to do is find a firm that will equip you with the tools you need to create your masterpiece. If you are interested in beginning an exciting career in design at a company that values creativity, passion, and collaboration, ADC is the architecture and design company for you. Work doesn’t have to feel like work if you join a company composed of like-minded, inventive individuals. 

At ADC, we specialize in innovative and impactful designs by interesting people. Are you a good fit for ADC? Let’s find out. Explore open positions and apply now.