What to Do After Architecture School to Find Your Dream Job

Whether you’re approaching graduation, have just graduated, or are returning to reality after some time spent abroad to celebrate completing your degree, beginning your architecture career can be full of excitement. After all, at this point, the future is a blank sheet of paper waiting for you to draw the blueprint of your dream job. If you are like many emerging architects entering this exciting chapter, it is normal to wonder what to do after architecture school. Listen – we get it. You’re a thinker and a dreamer; you don’t want to get stuck in the wheel and be just another cog in a company like everybody else. We’ve been in your shoes and have had the exact same anxieties and dreams, so we understand how intimidating starting your career can be. And we’re here to help. 

Since 2014, Architecture Design Collaborative (ADC) has been a nationally ranked architecture firm that serves Southern California with innovative designs while helping graduates like you build inspiring and fulfilling careers. Here’s what you can do after graduating from architecture school. 

What to Do After Architecture School 

Now, after architecture school, you have plenty of options–and that’s a good thing! Still, we won’t sugarcoat it. Decision paralysis is real, but we can help you overcome it. Let’s explore your options and why ADC is the best place to grow your dream architecture job. 

Architecture Jobs & Careers After Graduation

Choosing a career to pursue after architecture school is no easy feat. The good news is that you will be a hot commodity because of the skills you’ve gained, and a wide variety of jobs will be available. The less-than-good news is it’s hard to choose which one might be right for you. 

After all, simplicity is part of what sets In-N-Out apart from the sub-par food chains, is it not? Here are some jobs you can get after graduating from architecture school:

  • Architect
  • Town planner
  • Interior design
  • Graphic designer
  • Urban planning
  • Landscape design
  • Furniture design 
  • Housing
  • Photographer
  • Game design 
  • Urban planner 
  • Building surveyor
  • Construction manager
  • Structural engineer
  • Production designer
  • Building inspector 
  • Product designer
  • And more

Maybe you feel like the world is your oyster, but we’re well aware that laying out all the options can also make choosing where to start your architecture design career exponentially more difficult. So, we’re here to simplify things for you so you can find your dream job! 

Because it is easier than you probably realize.  

How Do You Find Your Dream Job After Architecture School?

The truth is it’s nearly impossible to know what you should do after graduating from architecture school without getting your hands dirty! 

“At ADC, we really have a passion for teaching graduates and helping them advance their architecture career. And we’re not the typical architecture firm where you learn 10% in the field. We give recent graduates diverse experience that covers the gamut. From initial designs to construction to the final walk-throughs, you’ll have a chance to experience every step of the process to learn where your passion lies. Because we know you do your best work when you’re doing work you’re passionate about.”

Craig Chinn, President, Founder, and Principal, ADC

How are you supposed to know what type of architecture is your calling if you haven’t even plugged in the phone to start receiving calls? Heck, as a recent graduate, it can feel like your number isn’t even in the phone book yet. (OK, maybe we’re dating ourselves…) 

But you get the point. You have the creativity, artistic ability, and desire to shape the world through design. But that’s just the beginning.

Maybe you want to design apartment complexes, office buildings, or malls. Alternatively, if you yearn to give back to the world, perhaps you would feel more fulfilled designing homeless shelters and affordable housing projects and seeing them through to completion. 

Some people may enjoy facilitating projects, communicating with clients, or overseeing the construction side of this work. The only way to know where your heart lies is to try your hand at it all. And when you start an architecture career at ADC, that’s exactly what you will do! 

“I love how much freedom I’m given in the actual design process. From the moment I stepped through the door, I felt like my colleagues really trusted my opinion. They let me have a first go at things before giving me their opinions, which are always super helpful and get us to the end goal. I’ve worked on projects at every phase, and you don’t get pigeonholed here. You’re constantly learning. I have a lot of freedom, and that’s something I didn’t expect to experience being so young. But I’m grateful for it! I really feel like I found my dream architecture job.”

Sophie Johnson, Designer, ADC

Looking for a Firm That Gives You The Freedom and Support to Build Your Dream Career After Architecture School? Apply Today! 

Do you want to join a firm that allows you to be as creative as you always dreamed of being when you first embarked on your path to becoming an architect? Well, at ADC, we give you the freedom and support to make that a reality. After architecture school, you have the opportunity to lay the foundation for the architecture career you’ve always dreamed of working. Our passion is helping you turn that initial blueprint into a vast cityscape of accomplishments and fulfillment that towers as high as the most impressive skyscrapers and monuments. 

Visit our Architecture Jobs page to apply today to join our team!