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Architecture: Careers in Architecture

Syracuse School of Architecture Career Services

Career Services offers extensive professional development opportunities for Syracuse University architecture students and alumni/ae, including (but not limited to):  

  • Resume workshops and reviews
  • Interviews and "Round Table" discussions with alumni in the profession
  • Job hunt and interview tips
  • Information regarding the profession, such as salary surveys 

Under Career Services on the School of Architecture Website, there is a full Q&A section concerning resumes, portfolios, internships, job hunts, interviews, salaries, benefits, and more.


For more information, contact Kristen DeWolf, Director of Career Service, in Room 201B, Slocum Hall.


Phone: (315) 443-4937

Fax: (315) 443-5082

Architectural Experience Program (AXP)

Architectural Experience Program (AXP) is a comprehensive training program created to ensure that interns in the architecture profession gain the knowledge and skills required for the independent practice of architecture. It is also an initial requirement to become a licensed architect in the United States. 

For more information on the AXP and becoming a licensed architect, see the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) website.

Books on the Profession

Demkin, Joseph A., ed. The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2008. (King + King, reserve - NA1996 A726 2008)

Design Futures Council. "2008-2009 Compensation and Benefits Survey." DesignIntelligence, March/April 2008, report 215, v.14, n.2, entire issue. (King + King, reserve - NA1995 C6 2008)

Kim, Grace K. The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development. Hoboken, NJ: J. Wiley, 2006. (King + King - NA1995 K56 2006)

Lewis, Roger K. Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998. (King + King - NA1995 L45 1998)

Linton, Harold. Portfolio Design. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003. (King + King - NA1996 L56 2003)

Patterson, David W. Getting a Job in Architecture and Design. New York: W.W. Norton, 2008. (Bird 4th Floor - NA1995 P29 2008)

Books on Resumes and Portfolios

Brown, Lola. Resume Writing Made Easy; A Practical Guide to Resume Preparation and Job Search. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2007. (Bird reference, 2nd Floor - HF5383 C69 2007)

Linton, Harold. Portfolio Design. 3rd ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003. (King + King - NA1996 L56 2003)

Luescher, Andreas. The Architect's Portfolio: Planning, Design, Production. New York: Routledge, 2010. (King + King - NA1996 L84 2010)

Marjanovic, Igor, Katerina Ruedi Ray, and Lesley Naa Norle Lokko. The Portfolio: An Architecture Student's Handbook. Boston: Architectural Press, 2003. (King + King, reserve - NA1996 M35 2003)

Marquand, Ed. How to Prepare Your Portfolio: A Guide for Students and Professionals. New York: Art Direction Book Co., 1981. (Bird 4th Floor,  N8351 M37 1981)

Professional Associations

Informational Websites

Your Online Presence

Whether you like it or not, many employers use the Internet to look up potential new employees.  This means you need to clean up your online presence - including your Facebook account or anything that might appear unprofessional.  You can use sites such as Brand Yourself (started by SU alums!) to clean up and enhance how you appear online.  Professional networking sites, such as LinkedIn, are also crucial to connect with professional contacts you want to keep up with.