Award-Winning Architecture Portfolio Layouts for Inspiration
Inspiration can come from many different sources. You can find inspiration in an irregular shape to design a skyscraper or in a familiar feeling to choose the textiles for an interior. And you can get inspired build a stunning architecture portfolio website thanks to this article.
We brought you 6 award-winning interior design and architecture portfolio layouts to browse through. They are stunning, they are unique and they can help you get where you want to be in your career.
As a bonus, you’ll also find some tips on how to start building your eye-catching portfolio.
The Best Examples - Interior Design and Architecture Portfolio Layouts
Architecture portfolios come in all shapes and sizes. Some are websites, some are PDFs. What they have in common, however, is that they are used for the same purpose: introducing you and your work to get clients or to get hired.
So let’s see some examples, shall we?
1. Interior design portfolio by Kelsey Heims
Kelsey is an interior designer student, who created a stunning website using Archifolio. Her elegantly simple layout is what makes this portfolio stand out. She chose stunning and awesome quality pictures that reflect her design aesthetic and make her unique.
She has a great image-text ratio and awesome projects. Well done Kelsey!
2. Nadia Somrey
Nadia created such a well-curated layout that gives the whole site a sense of cohesiveness. She also used white-space to her advantage. It makes the site easy to understand and make her projects easily accessible. Using consistent thumbnail images, recruiters surely can't wait to see more.
3. Architecture Portfolio by Signum Architecture
One thought – one screen. Signum Architecture created a website that will stand the test of time. They have an airy layout with stunning imagery. Their built-in mood board resonates with their design aesthetic. The smooth but accentual animations make the site lively.
5 Key Advice For an Award-Winning Architecture Portfolio Layout
1. Guide your audience through your portfolio
Generally speaking, people don’t want to “just get lost” on your architecture website. Rather, they enjoy it if they always know where to go next. Think about what you want them to do on your website and guide them through for a great user experience.
If you’re in doubt here’s what we think could be a good journey:
- They start on the home page.
- After finding your name and what you specialize in (e.g. through your architecture resume), they see how many relevant projects you have to show them.
- Then, they go to one of your project pages.
- Ideally they’d check out some others.
- They liked what they saw, so in the end, they want to get in touch with you. So they navigate to your Contact page.
An easy way to make sure that they generally follow this journey is utilizing visual hierarchy. This means that you want to make sure that the first thing is the largest element, the second thing is the second largest and so on.
2. Don’t be afraid of white space
White space is your best friend when it comes to creating an architecture portfolio. Your best imagery can only shine through your portfolio if it has room to breath. Don’t be shy to use a whole frame for your most important image. This will allow your audience to really appreciate your work.
3. Say no to clutter
As tempting as it is to explain every little detail in your portfolio, less is more in your portfolio. Plus, don’t include unnecessary graphical elements. Keep it clean and simple.
4. Don’t go overboard with animations
Interactivity is a huge advantage of architecture portfolio websites compared to PDFs, but it’s easy to overdo it. Keep it to a minimum and focus more on presenting your work.
5. Stay consistent
You need to make sure that your audience doesn’t get confused on your site. They quickly get frustrated and leave before you have the chance to make a good impression. So keep the same fonts, colors and style throughout your whole site. It’s best to set these globally, so you won’t miss anything.
The Structure of a Well-Designed Architecture Portfolio
To create the perfect layout for your architecture or interior design portfolio, you’ll need to think about a clear navigation and information architecture. There are a few building blocks for an easily digestible portfolio. First and foremost, you need:
- a homepage,
- separate pages for each of your projects,
- and a contact page.
Additionally, you can include a page for extracurricular projects (especially in student portfolios) and an about page.
Now, let’s jump into some examples of all of these!
Homepage – Architecture Portfolio Layout Example by Archifolio
Archifolio’s Agora template allows you to showcase your stunning projects in a sophisticated format. With the airy layout and clear visual hierarchy, you’ll have the right base to create something you can be proud of.
With Archifolio you can get started right away for free. Browse through our stunning templates and make it your own!
Homepage of HollandGreen
HollandGreen decided to take full advantage of their portfolio website format. Their homepage is lively, interactive and full of movement. Their audience is immediately welcomed by a beautifully shot video that showcases all the services the company has to offer. What a great way to combine architecture, landscape architecture and interior design in a single portfolio!
Project Page – Example by Archifolio
With the Palazzo template’s bold design and clean layout your work will amaze your audience. The eye-catching color and font preset will surely win you the extra attention of a potential client or future employer.
Browse through the Archifolio templates and create your free site in a matter of minutes!
Project Page by WE-ON
The project pages of WE-ON have a clear navigation and visual hierarchy. Right as you arrive, you are greeted by a stunning cover picture, and as you scroll down, you get all the important information that you need to understand the scope of their projects. Then they finish with some breath-taking imagery of the end result and the detailings.
About Page – Example by Archifolio
You can build a clean, clutter-free and elegant About page with the Chapter template. With the breezy layout and sophisticated lines, you’ll definitely be an eligible candidate for the job.
Do you want to spice things up? Change the fonts and colors with the global settings for a cohesive and personalized look.
About Page by Apex Transformations
Apex Transformations offers a wide range of services, which is clear right from the moment you step onto their About page. With their elegant dark theme, they present themselves as a modern company ready to carry out a unique and impressive project. And no professional architecture portfolio is complete without high-quality, top-notch photos.
Contact Page – Example by Archifolio
The purpose of a contact page is straightforward. Show how your audience can get in touch with you. Therefore, a clutter-free and simple layout is necessary. This Archifolio template gets the job done.
A professional solution is having a short contact form to make sending an email easy for your visitors. Check out Archifolio and create your stunning portfolio website quickly and easily!
Contact Page by Engineered Floors
Contact. Connect. Communicate. These calls to action makes any visitor on the Engineered Floors website feel confident to reach out. This is a clutter-free layout with an optimized contact page. Just a convenient contact form and then a chance to subscribe to the newsletter. Short and to the point.
Why Create an Architecture Portfolio Website?
We are at an interesting turning point in our industry. Everything is moving towards digital and online solutions, yet some of us – probably due to the nature of our work –, still prefer drawing on paper and printing out documents.
That’s been the case with the whole application process in the past couple of years. Applicants needed to create a PDF portfolio that is very limiting in terms of size and interaction. However, firms and candidates alike are starting to opt for the much more convenient solution of architecture portfolio websites in the application phase.
But good news!
Choosing a website for your architecture portfolio is still a modern decision. Plus, it gives you so many options. You can showcase more of your projects, in better quality, while still having your about page and contact details quickly accessible.
You can make a better impression of your projects by utilizing the power of video and animation. Plus, if you choose the right tool, it can be so much faster to create an online architecture portfolio than putting together a whole booklet.
If you are wondering how you can get started and create your portfolio in a blast, you are at the right place. Archifolio allows you to create your own website in a matter of minutes.
Architecture Portfolio Templates to Save You Time
Creating may seem like a daunting task, but you can find a ton of great help to get you started.
First of all, you can find information on what you should include in your architecture portfolio or how you can set up your online portfolio in a matter of minutes, and many other helpful guides on the Archifolio blog.
Secondly, if you are like us and you can get frustrated with a blank page, choose an architecture portfolio template to get you started. In our industry, we hate that we love templates, but everyone knows that they make our lives so much easier. Plus, if you combine your design aesthetic with a template, you’ll create something completely unique to you.
Did you find the inspiration you were looking for? Awesome! Then it’s time to get started with creating your own architecture portfolio website. Archifolio is here to make this process easier for you. Give it a go now for free! See you in the editor.
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