Tips for Creating an Awesome Architecture Portfolio

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How to Create an Awesome Portfolio

Four Tips to Make Your Architecture Portfolio Stand Out!

Portfolios are a necessary tool for every architect professional to have if they want to maintain a steady workload.

Your architecture portfolio needs to stand out and highlight your strengths, otherwise, it will be overshadowed by other, more impressive portfolios.

You could be the best architecture firm in the area, but it won't matter unless you have an attractive collection of work to show potential clients.

Clients will need to see the kind of work you've done, so they feel confident in your ability before they decide to hire you.

In this blog, we'll discuss making the perfect online portfolio. 

How to Make Your Architecture Portfolio a Better Client Magnet

When a prospective client is deciding between architects for a job, they'll look at prior experience, credentials, projects, even education.

But often that final decision comes down to seeing something in one architect's work that captures their interest. You don't want to lose out on a big contract just because your portfolio is sub-par.

It's important to create a portfolio that truly helps your architecture business thrive. Here are four ideas to help you make your architecture portfolio stand above the rest — and attract more of your ideal clients!

1. Consider the Client

Start with your perfect client in mind and adjust your portfolio based on the types of projects and clients you want to attract.

If you want more office building projects, make those the emphasis of your portfolio. That doesn't mean you don't include other projects, it just means shift the balance to the type of work clients are most likely to bring to you — and the type of work you want to do. 

As you move into presenting to a prospect, and creating a select portfolio specifically to share with them, highlight projects that most align with theirs and your vision.

2. Be Selective

While some architects include all of their previous projects in their portfolio, it is not the best approach.

Not only should you try to include only the most relevant projects, but you should also choose only your best design projects.

Including every single job you've completed only waters down your greatest accomplishments. Having a "too large" portfolio can also leave a prospect feeling bored, overwhelmed, or just plain confused and disinterested.

Having five standout projects is better than 15 average ones!

You want the prospect to feel excited about your work and easily find something they connect with in your portfolio.

3. Design and Style

Your portfolio is your chance to showcase your design philosophy in a creative way.

The design of your portfolio should also reflect your branding. You should be using your brand’s fonts, color palette, images, etc. When someone looks at your portfolio, they should know immediately that it’s your firm. Using the right visuals is crucial because it will help you make a strong first impression with potential clients.

With each project you showcase, it’s important to use high-quality images. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to hire a professional photographer to take pictures of the projects you know you'll be putting into your portfolio. Trust us, this will make a huge difference, and will give your portfolio that wow factor!

When laying out your portfolio, you may feel inclined to use up all of the available space. However, this is not a good idea.

Putting too much content on a page will leave it feeling overcrowded and difficult to read. Don't be afraid to leave blank space. This is better than inputting unnecessary information.

Let your work speak for yourself, and if it doesn't take up all of the page, that's completely fine.

4. Always Keep it Updated

Make sure you are regularly updating your portfolio with all of your best projects. Be sure to add diversity as you gain more experience in different types of architecture, so clients know you've worked on a variety of design styles.

You don't want to keep giving clients the same architecture portfolio for years because design preferences change over time, and you want to show that you're growing in the architecture field.

Need Help?

Having a high-quality architecture portfolio and website will lead to more clients and more jobs, allowing your business to truly thrive.

If you aren't sure where or how to start, we are ready to help. It's what we do every day.

Archmark works with architects to help them build a strong brand foundation for business growth, establish authority to take a leadership position in their market, and create awareness that attracts qualified leads and better clients.

We focus on how to build up your business, so you can focus on leading your firm. It starts with a free 30-minute architecture marketing strategy review call to help you:

  • Get clarity on why your current digital marketing efforts aren't working
  • (re)Define your competitive advantage
  • Discover insights into your ideal clients that you never would have thought of on your own

Find out how we can help you. Schedule your strategy review call today to see how we can help your architecture firm go even further.