Job Hunting in Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture
This is an annotated guide to online and print information for UC Berkeley students job hunting in the professions of city, regional, and environmental planning; architecture; and landscape architecture. An excellent campus resource is the UC Berkeley Career Center which offers career and graduate school counselling as well as access to a comprehensive career planning and graduate school resource center. The Career Counseling Library is another great campus resource.
Content reviewed by Jenna Jackson, February 2013. Compiled by Deborah Sommer.
Note that these professions overlap in focus, so career guides in several areas may be of interest.
Architecture & Design
ArchCareers.org (American Institute of Architects)
Becoming an architect (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB))
- Becoming an architect: a guide to careers in design, by Lee W. Waldrep. 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2010.
- Becoming a graphic designer: a guide to careers in design, by Steven Heller & Teresa Fernandes. 2nd ed. NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2006.
Getting a job in architecture and design, by David W Patterson. New York : W.W. Norton, 2008.
Opportunities in architecture careers, by Robert J. Piper. Rev. ed. NY: McGraw-Hill, 2006.
Opportunities in interior design and decorating careers, by David Stearns. Rev. ed. NY: McGraw-Hill, 2009.
City Planning & Urban Design
- Becoming an urban planner: a guide to careers in planning and urban design, by Michael Bayer, Nancy Frank, Jason Valerius. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2010.
- A Guide to careers in community development, by Paul C. Brophy and Alice Shabecoff. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2001.
Insider's guide to careers in urban planning, by Tim Halbur; Nate Berg. [Los Angeles, Calif.] : Planetizen Press, 2009. Also available in print.
Look also in city and environmental planning listings for additional GIS job hunting information.
AAG Online career guide (Association of American Geographers).
Great resource, has helpful information on searching for jobs.
GIS Career sources (GIS Lounge).
Good starting place for GIS job seekers. Includes career, internship, job search information, and more.
Job Openings & Internships
Web Sites — Professional and academic association sites are useful.
For additional ideas see the Job Hunting Strategies section of this guide.
Job Openings: General
See also LinkedIn to find job openings and post résumés.
Job Openings: Career-Specific
Planning jobs (UC Berkeley, Dept. of City & Regional Planning)
ACSA: faculty positions available (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture)
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)
- APA jobs online
(American Planning Association)
A database for job opportunities in planning and allied professions.
- CALAPA jobs (California Chapter, American Planning Association)
Architecture jobs UK
Job listings and advice for architecture jobs in the United Kingdom, for international architects.
ASLA jobLink (American Society of Landscape Architects)
An interactive national listing of jobs in landscape architecture. Fee required to submit job listings and résumés. No fee to read listings and résumés. Few entry level jobs on site.
AIA Career Center
(American Institute of Architects)
Includes information about the Intern Development Program (IDP). Fee charged to post positions or résumés.
- Environmental career opportunities (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Links to many job listing sites for environmental careers.
- GIS jobs: Western U.S.
for GIS jobs in all fields.
Great green careers: jobs for a greener world
International city management association (ICMA) job center
International Code Council: Job listings
Listing includes jobs for architects, planners, civil engineers, environmental specialists.
- Landscape Institute (UK) jobs
Very current postings, covering a range of positions, including planning, transportation planning,
environmental planning, landscape architecture, etc. U.S.
International scope; includes profiles of individuals and firms, as well as job postings.
Check the Web sites listed in the Job Openings section of this guide for internships.
Job Hunting Strategies
Career onestop (U.S. Dept. of Labor)
Great starting place for career information, salary data, and much more.
Includes career planning advice, salary information, links to other job hunting sites.
Resume Magic: trade secrets of a professional resume writer, by Susan Britton Whitcomb. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, 2007.
Job search in academe: strategic rhetorics for faculty job candidates, by Dawn M. Formo and Cheryl Reed. Sterling, VA: Stylus, 2011.
Comprehensive Web site for all aspects of job hunting.
Easy to navigate. California focus.
Researching Prospective Employers
Learn about your prospective employer by doing some advance research.
Create a list of companies you are interested in and periodically check for new positions or sign up for email notifications of new positions.
Use the Web. See the listings in the
job openings section in this guide. Search the Web for a specific firm name by placing it in quotes; for example, "Hellmuth Obata and Kassabaum."
Check the newspaper(s) of the city where the firm or organization being researched is located. See News Databases
for Internet access to a variety of national and international newspapers, or visit Newspapers & Microforms, 40 Doe Library.
Use journal indexes to find articles about specific architectural and design firms and planning organizations, as well as job market information. See also the Environmental Design Library for guides to additional periodical indexes in planning, architecture, and landscape architecture.
Art index retrospective
& Art full text via WilsonWeb - UC
Indexes journal articles in art and related fields, including architecture, city planning, urban design, and landscape architecture.
Avery index to architectural periodicals via CSA - UC Only
Contains citations to articles in 1,000+ periodicals in architecture, planning, urban design, and related disciplines.
- Building design & construction - UC Only EnvDesign TH1 B6 1970-2004 Some vols. in storage
Business source complete via EBSCO -
Includes full-text for more than 7,400 scholarly business journals and other sources, including nearly 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications.
Use professional and specialized directories. For example:
Writing Resumes & Cover Letters
Get a copy of the Job and Internship guide from the career center-sections on resumes, interviews, etc.
Potential employers of design professionals usually require a portfolio of your work as part of the application process. Refer to these sources to help you prepare an effective portfolio.
The architect's portfolio : planning, design, production by Andreas Luescher. London ; New York : Routledge, 2010.
Building design portfolios: innovative concepts for presenting your work, by Sara Eisenman.
Gloucester, MA: Rockport, 2006.
Design portfolios: moving from traditional to digital, by Diane M. Bender. NY: Fairchild Books, 2012.
Covers portfolios for architects, landscape architects, and interior designers.
Designing a digital portfolio, by Cynthia L. Baron. 2d ed. New Riders Press, 2010.
- Graphic Design Portfolio Strategies, by Robert Rowe. Upper Saddle River : Prentice Hall, c2010.
The Graphic designer's guide to portfolio design,
by Debbie Rose Myers. Wiley, 2005.
Marketing your creative portfolio, by Elizabeth C. Hungerland, Buff Hungerland. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2003.
Portfolio design, by Harold Linton. 4th ed. NY: W. W. Norton, 2012.
- Portfolios for Interior Designers, by Maureen Mitton. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2010.
Many additional titles on interviewing are available in the Business Library.
101 great answers to the toughest interview questions [electronic resource] - UCB Only, by Ron Fry. 6th ed. NY: Course Technology, 2009.
101 smart questions to ask on your interview [electronic source] - UCB Only, by Ron Fry. 3rd ed. Boston, MA: Course Technology, 2009.
Interviewing: principles and practices, by Charles J. Stewart, William B. Cash, Jr. 11th ed. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill, 2006.
Prepare for your salary negotiations. Research information about current salary trends. The campus Career Center also has useful titles.
Wage & salary surveys (UC Berkeley, Library)
Lists databases, Web sites, etc., of wage and salary surveys. International focus with good California representation.