25+ Architecture Portfolio Website Examples + Tips to Stand Out

How can you stand out from thousands of applications? Here’s the answer.

You need an architecture portfolio website to stand out from the crowd. There, we said it.

The fact is that the top architecture studios are drowning in applications and the way to get hired is to catch the recruiters’ precious attention. And one surefire tactic is to build your architecture portfolio website. Therefore, in this article, we’ll walk you through how to do that. 

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Here, at Archifolio our aim is to help you tell your story in a way that gets you hired. Our tool is an architecture portfolio website builder to guide you along the way. Check it out now.

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25+ architecture portfolio website examples

1. Architecture portfolio website by Ntchwaidumela Thomas

2. Architecture portfolio by Brandon Dean

3. Architecture website by Rever Fox and Partners

4. Architecture portfolio by Germaine Days

5. Architecture website by Erik Andersson Architects

6. Architecture portfolio by Nildo José

7. Architecture website by Mutuus Studio

8. Architecture portfolio by Jacek Slotala

9. Architecture website by Pro-Tza Architecture

10. Architecture portfolio by Christopher Stoll

11. Architecture website by Craft & Bloom

12. Architecture portfolio by Duignan Dooley Architects

13. Architecture website by Made Studio

14. Architecture portfolio by Lemaire-Longeval Architects

15. Architecture website by Batay-Csorba Architects

16. Architecture portfolio by Jens Van Vele

17. Architecture website by Golany Architects

18. Architecture portfolio website by Studio Holmberg

19. Architecture portfolio website by Aba Studio

20. Architecture portfolio website by Richard Bell

21. Architecture portfolio website by Saunders Architecture

22. Architecture portfolio website by Norm Architects

23. Architecture portfolio website by Kanstantsin Remez

24. Architecture portfolio website by Bernard Tsumi

25. Architecture portfolio website by Álvaro Leite Siza Vieira

+1 Interior design portfolio website by Amanda Shields

+2 Interior design portfolio website by Emma Kay

Why do you need an architecture portfolio website?

The short answer: to stand out from the crowd.

We saw an interesting contradiction when we talked with architects from all around the world: Everyone was aware that the architectural industry and the whole application process are transitioning to the digital age. However, only a few of them have started building their own websites.

Think about it: The top architecture agencies are flooded with PDF portfolios and a perfect layout and impressive images are no longer enough to catch the recruiters’ attention. Therefore, the format is how you can stand out from the crowd.

When do you need an architecture portfolio website?

You need to start building your online presence from the get-go. Certainly, it’s best to learn the basics soon. This way, when you start your next project you will have in mind what sort of images and project documentation should be available to put on your architectural portfolio.

The big advantage of portfolio websites is that it’s simple to update. And with Archifolio’s editor, it’s almost effortless. 

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How to create your architecture portfolio website

1. Choose a website builder that fulfills your requirements

There are plenty of great website builders out there. However, they don’t all meet the needs of architects when it comes to building their online presence. 

You should find a website builder that:

  • is easy to learn without having to watch thousands of tutorials online,
  • allows you to customize the colors, fonts, and layout,
  • loads super quickly,
  • allows you to upload high-quality pictures,
  • has an intuitive interface with a what-you-see-is-what-you-get set-up,
  • allows you to edit the domain (think yourname.com) and the URL slug,
  • lets your audience zoom into your images (especially important with technical drawings),
  • gives you guidance on how to create a stunning portfolio with useful tips,
  • helps you create a portfolio fast so that you have more time to work on your projects,
  • doesn’t require any coding skills.

Archifolio, your architecture portfolio website builder checks every one of these boxes and more. It is designed specifically for architects who would like to create an online portfolio. Give it a go and sign up. It’s free.

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2. Organize your material to speed up the process

It’s important to present your work in a logical way and this is more often than not a complex task.

We advise you to first gather all your material in organized folders on your computer. This might seem like a dull task, but it will help you in the long run. You can organize them as you like, by academic year, date, or by project type, whatever makes the most sense for you. 

3. Tell your visual story

Architectural design is based on visuals as much as anything. However, random images put next to each other won’t tell a story. In short, you need to build a narrative for your projects to invite your audience on a journey. 

Actually, this step is the one that most architects – that haven’t yet discovered Archifolio – struggle with. However, with our tool, you have a built-in guide that you can follow to tell a story with your design. 

Here’s a couple of tips on how to build a narrative:

Curate your portfolio deliberately

Most importantly, only add your best work to your portfolio. If you already know which ones you’ll include, great. If not, then don’t underestimate the effect of touching up your old projects. 

In addition, you should always consider your audience. If you are applying to a firm with mostly residential projects, then mainly showcase your relevant experience in residential design. That’s what they’ll want to see.

Start with an image for context

At the top of every project, you should place an image of the end result. This will give context to your audience. It is crucially important to have a great first impression and this is what your hero image is responsible for.

Pro tip: show that you considered the projects from all aspects. For example, include a site plan after your hero image.

Include only the most important info

On your architecture portfolio website, the visual content is the protagonist and your words come second. Keep it short and to the point.

It’s a good idea to start each project with a bullet-pointed list of the most important information that you keep consistent throughout the website. Here are some ideas about what you can include:

  • your contribution (in just a few words),
  • academic year (for architecture student portfolio websites),
  • type of the project,
  • project budget,
  • real estate type,
  • real estate size,
  • location,
  • date/year, and
  • stage of the project.

Show your inspiration

Above all else, the recruiters are interested in your design process and experience. Show what inspired you to design the project at hand. In addition, it’s a good idea to include early sketches to show how you can bring a concept to life.

Include your plans and details

Architectural designs may get artistic, however, feasibility and planning are always of vital importance as well. Give proof of your abilities by including different floorplans, sections, elevations, and technical drawings as well.

On the other hand, just like we recommended above, consider your audience. Find a balance between designs and technical drawings based on the position you are applying for.

It’s always a good idea to include some elements of your design that are as detailed as possible. This shows that you are thorough. For example, this can be an interior plan, one element of the facade, or any detail that you put a lot of effort into. 

Finish with the renders

You want the recruiters to finish looking at your project with impressive imagery. Frame your project neatly with your hero image and your impressive renders in sync. 

4. Tailor your portfolio website to you

Your portfolio website should be about you and your work. It’s great if the look of your site is in harmony with the style of your work. Adjust the colors and choose a font pair that suits your style.

Pro tip: Don’t fall into the common mistake of spending too much time with this step. Yes, it’s important, but so is researching and applying to jobs. 

Lucky for you, with Archifolio, you get a set of expert-designed color and font presets. You can mix them up as you like to suit you. As a result, even with minimal effort, your site will look stunning.

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The do’s and don’ts of creating an architecture portfolio website

So, now you know how to create your architecture portfolio website. However, we still have some good pieces of advice up our sleeves.

Don’t include too many projects

You do have the option to include more projects on your personal website compared to PDF portfolios. You may get tempted to include everything that you have ever worked on, but don’t. 5-9 well-presented projects are sufficient to showcase all of your skills. Everything else just distracts the architecture firms you are applying to.

Do use a spell-checker

Even the best portfolio can seem unprofessional if it has typos or spelling mistakes. Read it carefully, ask somebody else to proofread, and use an online spell-checker, like Grammarly.

Don’t write too much text

We’ve talked about it before, but it’s essential. Don’t write too much in your portfolio. Instead, let your images speak for themselves and complement them with a written narrative of your design process.

Do consider the template your foundation

Just like with an architectural design, you need to start from the base and work your way up to the details. Pre-made portfolio design gives you the possibility to speed things up, and still have a solid foundation.

Don’t be afraid of whitespace

We’re sure that you are familiar with this at this point, but still, we cannot forget to mention it. Whitespace is what lets your audience focus on your work, and therefore, it’s essential.

Are you ready to start working on your architecture portfolio website? Check out Archifolio and create a portfolio that you are proud of.

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Fanni Szalkai

Online Marketing Manager at Archifolio and a huge fan of architecture and interior design. 🛋 🏛 Get in touch if you have any questions at fanni.szalkai@archifol.io.