How to Get a Job in Sustainable Architecture

Those within the field of sustainable architecture are urban planners, designers and architects that work on development, design and building projects that focus on using environmentally friendly products and energy efficient methods. Sustainable architects strive to protect and maintain the quality of the environment in which their projects are being developed and built. Interested individuals can specialize within a number of areas including regional planning, restoration of wetlands, environmental preservation and remediation. Positions are available at public architectural firms as well as within government agencies.

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    Consider your interests and goals in determining what area of sustainable architecture that you want to work in. A general requirement regardless of the specialty is a bachelor's degree. Some positions may require coursework at the graduate level.
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    Visit the websites of several sustainable architectural firms to learn more about the industry. Try to locate those that focus on a specialized area of expertise that matches your interests and goals. You will learn more about the field of sustainable architecture and the types of projects that they engage in.
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    Conduct some research to locate colleges and universities that offer degree programs in the field of sustainable architecture. Select an educational program that is accredited by a recognized architectural accrediting board. This is an important prerequisite for most positions in order to become a licensed professional following graduation.
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    Seek out professional architectural associations on the Internet that focus on sustainable building projects. This is a great place to learn more about the field of sustainable architecture and to also have access to resources and publications that provide detailed information on the industry.
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    Think about a possible internship with a sustainable architecture firm. An internship will provide you with the opportunity to gain some valuable skills and hands-on experience. Meet with your college career counselor for guidance and suggestions in arranging an internship.
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    Go to job fairs for those within the field of sustainable architecture. If you are still in college and nearing graduation, this would be a great opportunity to meet with company representatives and even apply for an entry-level position.
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    Look at online job boards that focus on the sustainable architecture industry. This is where you can read about open positions, post your resume and make yourself visible to those companies looking to fill available positions.
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    Consider doing some community volunteer work aside from an internship between semesters if you are still in college. Possibilities include volunteering at local parks and recreations sites that may be working on environmental projects.
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    Contact sustainable architectural firms locally within your region to apply directly for a job. If you are nearing graduation and have acquired extensive knowledge and skills in sustainable architecture, then this would be a good time to try to secure a position.
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    Recognize that most architects are required to take and pass an examination to obtain their license to work in the field. Specific criteria will likely vary depending on the region where you live. Certification may be an additional requirement depending on the position and the type of work.
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    Realize that sustainable architects must complete some form of continuing education to maintain their licenses. This may include classes and conferences as well as workshops and seminars. Additional training can lead to advancement and a higher level position.

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