Architect Skills List

List of Architectural Skills for Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews

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Here's a list of architectural skills for resumes, cover letters, job applications and interviews. Required skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

To use the skills list, browse through it A to Z and by topic. Review your training and employment history. Which of these skills did you develop or use in training and on each job?

Make notes for each entry so you can update your resume to include your skills.

Employers are often looking for key skills and specific phrases in your application, resume, cover letter, and interview. When you review job postings, note the skills they are looking for and analyze your history to match them. Add them to your resume. Prepare for the job interview by addressing each skill with how you developed and used it on previous jobs. With these answers in mind, you will be able to show your skillset to the interviewer.

Architect Skills List

A - G

  • Abstraction
  • Analysis
  • Architectural Codes
  • Architectural Rendering
  • AutoCAD
  • Budgeting
  • Building Codes
  • Building Construction
  • Building Systems
  • Calculations
  • Client Relations
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Computer Processing
  • Conceptualization
  • Construction Administration
  • Construction Documents
  • Coordination
  • Corporate
  • Creative Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Critical Assessment
  • Design
  • Design Concepts
  • Design to Delivery
  • Development
  • Documents
  • Drafting
  • Drawing
  • Estimating
  • Finance

H - M

  • Imagination
  • Industrial Design
  • Innovation
  • Installation
  • Integration
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
  • Legal
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Model Making

N – S

  • New Construction
  • Planning
  • Plans
  • Preservation
  • Problem Solving
  • Production
  • Project Management
  • Rehabilitation
  • Renovation
  • Research
  • Residential
  • Retail
  • Revit
  • Sawing
  • Scheduling
  • Seeing Big Picture Results
  • Slicing
  • Software
  • Solving Complex Problems
  • Sustainable Design
  • Specifications

T - Z

  • Technical Vision
  • Visualize
  • Writing
  • Zoning Codes

Codes

Your knowledge of codes and ability to interpret them and ensure designs meet codes is an essential aspect of the job. 

  • Architectural Codes
  • Building Codes
  • Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
  • Zoning Codes

Technical Design Skills

What skills do you have in design, using programs and processes? 

  • Architectural Rendering
  • AutoCAD
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Computer Processing
  • Design
  • Design Concepts
  • Design to Delivery
  • Drafting
  • Industrial Design
  • Model Making
  • Revit
  • Software
  • Specifications
  • Plans
  • Sustainable Design
  • Technical Vision

Building and Construction Skills

What kind of buildings and construction have you designed, in what settings? Were they new spaces or redesigning existing spaces?

  • Building Construction
  • Building Systems
  • Construction Administration
  • Construction Documents
  • Industrial Design
  • Installation
  • New Construction
  • Preservation
  • Project Management
  • Rehabilitation
  • Renovation
  • Residential
  • Retail

Project Management Skills

What skills have you developed and used in working on projects or leading projects?

  • Analysis
  • Budgeting
  • Client Relations
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Conceptualization
  • Coordination
  • Design to Delivery
  • Estimating
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Scheduling
  • Seeing Big Picture Results
  • Solving Complex Problems
  • Specifications
  • Architectural Codes
  • Building Codes
  • Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
  • Zoning Codes

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