Here some useful information in case you are applying for the first time

What we like to see when reviewing a portfolio?

Your portfolio is your ticket into your possible new job. We are not so much interested in your CV and if you studied at some famous university but we like to judge people by the things they have done. The portfolio is your opportunity to showcase to us what you are able to do. We like to see a strong balance between great design and practical experience. We want to see the ability to conceptualize an idea and develop it and are equally interested in how these ideas are then materialized in built projects. Send us a good selection of your work but please only include drawings or images that were produced by yourself! We are not interested to see renderings that were done by anOther company at the last studio your worked in. So please be honest 😉

How important is presentation in the portfolio?

The presentation in the portfolio is incredibly important. We are in the business of designing and documenting design information. This is our first impression of the applicant ability to provide this service. Design, proportion, clarity, and spelling is important on all material that applicant uses to represent himself.

Should the portfolio contain a lot of work, or a smaller selection of carefully selected projects?

The portfolio should contain a thoughtful concise selection that covers a broad range of skill sets from all phases. The portfolio is an example of how the applicant synthesizes and documents information geared to a specific recipient, each piece in the portfolio should be intentional and lead to a relevant discussion regarding the applicant’s interests, pursuits and skills.

Calling all digital natives not to send any hardcopies.

We prefer to receive a small selection of work in digital format. This is fundamental to selecting who we invite to personal interviews. During the personal interview we prefer hard copy format. But DO NOT send us links to websites! We would like to see the way you present your work. For this the order and the way you layout your projects on a page are very important.

What should be written in your cover letter?

Keep it simple and short. Tell us a bit about yourself and why you want to become anOtherArchitect.

What happens if you are invited to an interview?

The interview is generally the first impression. We are as interested in the person as we are in the work and are looking to find a mutually beneficial fit. The more genuine and open the applicant is about whom he/she is and what his/her career goals are the better. Relax and bring yourself to the interview. Social skills are important in architecture, particularly in upper management. Bring relevant work. Bring examples of built work. Bring examples of your design work that clearly represents you. Often we ask what project the applicant has felt most passionately about and why. Recognize that time is valuable to both parties, make every minute of the interview purposeful.

And keep in mind that we do not invite you to have a cup of tea with you. So do not forget to bring hardcopies of your portfolio with you. Ideally you will have even your laptop or tablet with you so you can show us even more work then the small selection in your portfolio that you send by email.

What are the most common mistakes potential employees make on their applications?

People often choose not to read the ad we have placed. Please … read it. We have put thought into it before posting it, it illustrates what we are looking for in our office at that time.

Many applicants do not offer references. Employers often pre-screen this way. If you have great references … use them!

Inaccuracy about work experience in terms of longevity (a two month summer internship does not equal a year of work experience)

WE ARE CONSTANTLY LOOKING TO EXTEND OUR TEAM WITH YOUNG MOTIVATED TALENTS.

Send your portfolio and a short CV by email (PDF not more than 10MB) to: YES@anOtherArchitect.com

Please refer in the subject line of your email for which position you are applying for …