How to Make a Great Portfolio

So you’ve completed your architecture degree, worked in a small firm and completed a few projects, and used an HDR software (check out to take great photos of your work. But now you want to take your career to the next level by joining a larger company.

The first step you need to take is to create a compelling portfolio. Here are some tips:

  • Think of a Theme

A portfolio, before anything else, is a visual medium. If it doesn’t look cohesive, if the information is not presented in a well laid-out manner, people likely won’t be impressed by the work you include in it either. So before anything, think of a theme to tie the multiple pages of your portfolio together. Think of the color palette you want to use, which font will look best, and at what size.

  • Images, with a Sprinkle of Text

Your portfolio should mainly consist of images that showcase your work at its best. Visual mediums are much better received by people than something laden with text. Text, however, is very important in an architectural portfolio simply because there’s not a lot of it that should be added. So the text you add has to explain the gist of your project. Write about the problem, the solution, and the concept to provide readers with the relevant context.

  • Less is More

Mies wasn’t lying when he said these words. Keep your overall design and layout simple, precise, and to the point. No one likes a portfolio to look more like a magazine with multiple images crammed into a page with text looking like it came straight from a novel. So keep things simple, and let your images speak. Your work is likely to have a much bigger impact on people if it is made the hero of each page.


Your portfolio is the best way to showcase your work to people who don’t know you, so don’t rush it. Take your time to think carefully about how it looks and what it represents, and let people be impressed with all you’ve accomplished.

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