Architecture

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Choosing Which Architecture Company to Work For

You’ve taken up BS Architecture in a prestigious school and you’ve just acquired your license, the next big step for you would be to contemplate on where you want to work. This is an important consideration since you are going to work for that company for a very long time.

There are some really good architecture firms in Malaysia and I am pretty sure that there are some in your country as well. But with that being said, how will you know if a particular firm is the right one for you?

Today, I am going to center this article on a couple of questions that you need to ask yourself when choosing the right company for you to work for.

Does Company X Take on Projects that Align with Your Interests?

During the course of your schooling, you might have thought about what you want to specialize in. Every architecture company out there focuses on a sector or two and some even tackle on as many different industries as possible.

There are firms that specialize in creating designs and blueprints for airports, the hospitality industry, healthcare, educational, commercial industries, and so much more.

It is, therefore, your responsibility to create a shortlist of potential companies that take on projects that align with your passions and interests.

Other considerations in this regard would be if the company makes their own renderings and graphics, if they employ digital fabrication in-house or not, among other things.

How Do They Operate?

Not all companies are the same. When looking for a firm to work for, ask how they operate. Are their production team and design team work in tandem or they both have separate offices?

Some office setups would use the studio setting where teams would work in a particular studio and focus more on individual projects rather than taking things all at one time.

Do They Provide Opportunities for Growth and Development?

Some people would consider working for a company if they provide opportunities to help them learn more about the industry, as well as helping them develop their craft.

For instance, does the company pay you if you get a certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design? Do they pay for your membership to architecture organizations in your country? Do they give you the chance to attend architectural conventions to help keep your knowledge about the craft fresh?


Do They Offer a Competitive Salary and Benefits Package?

Always remember that you have worked hard to become an architect. You took formal education and you also studied to ensure that you get a certification and a license to practice as well.

That being said, do not undervalue yourself. Ask your friends who have graduated before you and ask them if the companies that they work for provide a competitive salary and benefits package that is in line with your qualifications.

Do Their Corporate Values Align with Yours?

You’ve probably established yourself as a career-oriented person, but you also value your relationships outside your work. Make sure that the company you are going to work for aligns with your values.

For instance, do they allow a healthy work/life balance? Do they provide you with ample vacation and sick leaves to ensure that your physical and mental wellbeing is in check?

Do some research on these since, as I’ve mentioned earlier, you are going to work in these firms for a very long time. You want to start working in a company that you are happy to work in.