Table of contents

#1 Keep It Simple, but Interesting
#2 Be Clear
#3 Show Your Originality
#4 Give a Sneak Peak
#5 Showcase Your Skills
#6 Keep It Consistent
#7 Express Your Creativity
#8 Make a Strong First Impression
#9 Don’t Be Afraid of Using Colors
#10 Pay Attention to Your Images
#11 Use Typography to Your Advantage
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11 Tips to Stand Out With Your Architecture Portfolio Cover – 16 Examples

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Fanni Szalkai

You know you have to make an outstanding first impression whenever you submit an application. But the question is: How? There’s only one page in your portfolio that is sure to be seen by everyone. And that’s your architecture portfolio cover.

So now let’s look at some inspiring examples and what they teach us, shall we?

#1 Keep It Simple, but Interesting

Black and white portfolio cover by John Adrian

Portfolio cover example by John Adrian

John Adrian created a composition that is easy to understand, yet full of intricate details that keep our attention. He played well with the monochrome visual and the maroon accent color.

Takeaway: Don’t be afraid to leave a good amount of white space in your cover.

When talking about an online interior design portfolio, we mean the homepage, where we navigate to the other pages. In our example, Natalya Pukhova has a clear navigation bar at the top to do so. She managed to create a modern yet cozy look on her portfolio cover by including a low contrast, bright hero image.

Takeaway: Clear navigation is vital in your portfolio website’s homepage.

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B&W portfolio cover by Ruxin Xie

Example by Ruxin Xie

Ruxin Xie’s portfolio is the perfect definition of minimal, but impressive. The play on light not only shows her creativity, but also her understanding of 3D visualization. 

Takeaway: Minimal portfolio design doesn’t necessarily mean boring.

#2 Be Clear – Include the Most Important Information

Architecture portfolio cover by Yueming Fan

Architecture portfolio cover page by Yueming Fan

Though Yueming Fan kept their Masters portfolio black and white, the light lines on the dark background stand out. He added vital information, such as application number, programme and date for the evaluators.

Takeaway: You don’t want your audience to wonder: Am I at the right place? Instead, include all the relevant information right on your cover.

#3 Show Your Originality

Portfolio Cover by Amulya Balasubramanya

Example from Amulya Balasubramanya’s portfolio

Amulya Balasubramanya’s portfolio stands out not only because of her stunning projects, but also due to her unique sketching style. On the front cover she included one of her plans and on the back, she used her small sketches as a pattern.

Takeaway: If you have a distinctive way of how you present your ideas, don’t be afraid to showcase it right at the start of your portfolio. Showing your originality is the key to standing out.

#4 Give a Sneak Peak

Architecture portfolio cover page example by Aisy Jordan-Smyth

Aisy Jordan-Smyth’s portfolio cover starts with a stunning render from one of her projects. It shows how her plan will be used, which is intriguing enough that we want to see more. Other than her projects, she’s kept it minimal, which allows her images to shine.

Takeaway: Don’t be afraid to show a certain perspective of your designs right at the beginning. Just keep everything around it minimal.

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Portfolio cover by Matea Maria

Example by Matea Maria

We love how Matea Maria used one of his renders to show a small preview of what’s inside. This grabs the attention of any employer and they’ll surely want to see more. Smart move!

Takeaway: You can use snippets of the work you’re including in your portfolio to make your audience interested in what’s inside.

#5 Showcase Your Skills

Architecture portfolio cover by Nikolas Ward

Nikolas Ward's portfolio cover page

Nikolas Ward created his cover with a photograph of one of his architectural models. This not only creates a nice play with light, but also showcases his model making skills.

Takeaway: A surefire way to captivate your audience’s attention is to use a high-quality image to showcase a model that you’ve made.

Portfolio Cover by Emmanuel Chimere

Cover page example by Emmanuel Eze

Keeping your PDF portfolio under 10 Mb isn’t an easy task, and often you won’t have room for sketches inside. However, Emmanuel Eze managed to include them subtly on his cover. Perfect solution!

Takeaway: Your sketching skills can be showcased on your portfolio cover if you don’t have room for it inside.

#6 Keep It Consistent

Architecture Portfolio cover by Yashwanth Km

Architectural cover page by Yashwanth Km

Yashwanth Km used a desaturated rendering from his portfolio and a viridian-gray color scheme. He also played around with the words “Architecture” and “portfolio” to make the title visually interesting. He used the same fonts and colors inside as well, which ties the whole portfolio together.

Takeaway: For a cohesive look, use the same fonts and colors in your portfolio as on your cover.

#7 Express Your Creativity

Black and white portfolio cover example by Jagrit Vij

Example from Jagrit Vij’s portfolio

Jagrit Vij’s portfolio was created for landing an internship position. We love the originality of the building graphic. Not sticking to regular visualization rules, he’s managed to create something unique.

Takeaway: Let your creativity run wild. Try to let go of the rules and focus on what you’d like to express with your architecture portfolio.

#8 Make a Strong First Impression

architecture portfolio example by Abraham Novemmarnus

Abraham Novemmarnus' portfolio cover page

The portfolio of Abraham Novemmarnus is not something you see a lot of. If you put it next to 5 other portfolios, your eyes will definitely be drawn to this one. He used the sea as inspiration, creating the illusion of a sandy beach.

Takeaway: Think about how your portfolio will be received and how you could stand out from the crowd.

#9 Don’t Be Afraid of Using Colors

Portfolio Cover example Bui Nguyen Khanh

Cover page example by Bui Nguyenk Khanh

We love how Bui Nguyenk Khanh created an architectural composition without including the building itself. It shows the architectural vein. She used black and white cutouts, but chose a dusty blue background.

Takeaway: While most architectural portfolios are black and white, feel free to experiment with colors. It will help you stand out among other portfolios.

PDF portfolio cover by Sarah Lam

Sarah Lam’s cover page

Sarah Lam’s interior architecture portfolio cover is elegantly simple, but the touch of its faded pink color gives it liveliness. The subtle line drawings provide a visual reassurance that we’re about to see some stunning projects.

Takeaway: Don’t be afraid of using colors, but also consider how it will look if your portfolio is printed in black and white.

#10 Pay Attention to Your Images

Portfolio Cover by Alessandro Fusi

Portfolio cover example by Alessandro Fusi

Alessandro Fusi’s portfolio is simply stunning. With the chosen high-quality render, he found the perfect balance of the sky and the building blocks.

Takeaway: If you’re using photography or renderings, make sure to opt for the best-quality for a good first impression.

#11 Use Typography to Your Advantage

Portfolio Cover by Chung-Yi_Lin

Cover page from Chung-Yi Lin’s portfolio

Chung-Yi Lin’s portfolio cover has a stunning and interesting texture. Throughout the whole portfolio he managed to use typography perfectly, which eases the readability and makes his portfolio impressive.

Takeaway: Typography can help you guide your audience’s eyes from the most important information to the least important one. Use it to your advantage.

Key Takeaways – Summary

We’ve shared 11 tips with you throughout the article, so now let’s summarize what the architecture portfolio cover examples above have taught us:

  • Keep your architecture portfolio cover simple, but interesting.
  • Be clear, and include the most important information (e.g. a title, your name, the date, the application number, etc).
  • Show your originality.
  • Give a sneak peak into your projects.
  • Showcase your skills, wherever possible.
  • Keep your design consistent throughout your portfolio.
  • Express your creativity in your cover page.
  • Make a strong first impression.
  • Don’t be afraid to express yourself with colors.
  • Only use high-quality images.
  • Use typography to your advantage.

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Fanni Szalkai

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