noodlespace - as one of the people who would read such a letter (and having read quite a few over the years), i'll offer a few thoughts:
first - and most importantly - i want to know you've taken a little time to really get some understanding of our firm. yes, this may sound narcissistic on the face but what i'm interested in knowing is why you really want to come work here. (and i also want to know you're not just shotgunning out resumes. never, ever, ever, ever do that.)
so, to get to this end, i'd suggest the following: personalize the letter. meaning, write to a specific person. get the spelling of their name correct (you'd be amazed....). tell me something about us that you find interesting - a project type, maybe a project of ours that you've visited - whatever.
second, tell me about what interests you. specifically, what kind of interests do you have that you think would be a good match or help extend the reach of the studio. now, the natural reaction is: "but i don't know enough about your studio to say yet!". i'm going to say you do. we almost all have websites. we almost all talk about our work. we've had articles published. we write blogs for silly sites like archinect. my point is: there's enough out here for you to figure out how to connect in. that's part of the game - you still have to do homework.
the most important thing it to connect your interests to our studio in some way. if you can't do that in the letter, i have to ask myself if you're really the right fit for us. could be - i'll still look at everything else. but if you can make that connection, it truly helps color (positively) the rest of your material.
also, don't worry too much about whether or not you have a deep work history (for someone starting out). i'm personally not as much interested in that until there's a need to hire someone to run projects. but if you have it, tell me what you did. even the mundane stuff. what i'm trying to see is less whether you were a rock star designer than whether you've seen some of the 'real' profession. (and i personally wouldn't worry about stating salary requirements upfront - that's just my bent. we pay everyone and as well as we can, so you wouldn't be an exception)
finally, there's not going to be too many examples because, quite frankly, each letter should be a little unique. it's from you, about someone else. it takes practice - a lot of practice - to learn how to do well.
Architect Cover Letter
Architects create designs for new buildings or help restoring old properties. They may be required to design surrounding spaces as well, while making sure their concepts are economical, safe, and functional. Examples of Architect duties include discussing requirements with clients, collaborating with other relevant professionals, delivering feasibility reports, determining impact on environment, making sure deadlines are being met, indicating required materials, and preparing tender documents.
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Dear Mr. Wilson:
Upon reviewing your posting for an experienced Architect, I felt compelled to submit my resume for your consideration. With my professional experience and advanced education in architecture, along with my skills in team collaboration and project life cycle management, I am confident that I would significantly benefit your company.
With formidable expertise in the complexities of architecture and design—as well as my Master of Architecture degree—my background has prepared me to excel in this position. Additionally, my organizational, communication, and leadership abilities position me ready to thrive in this challenging role.
Highlights of my background include…
- Providing wide-ranging support as an Architectural Designer with KHW Consulting, Inc., overseeing architectural design projects by designing and developing floor plans, elevations, interior fit-out drawings, and building sections for commercial and residential projects.
- Participating in a collaborative team-oriented environment, leading peers to project success while also excelling within more independent roles.
- Demonstrating outstanding communication, organization, and project management talents while leveraging a keen eye for design and achieving technical proficiency across a variety of design / office programs.
- Earning a Master of Architecture degree from Primary Art Design University in 2005.
With my previous excellent experience, coupled with my acute design sense and my sharp attention to precision and detail, I believe I could swiftly surpass your expectations for this role at DreamTime Builders. I look forward to discussing the position in detail. Thank you for your consideration.
Sarah J. Gonzalez