What Do Architecture Firms Look for in New Hires?
Firms want you to be licensed for four main reasons:
- It reflects on your character: An architectural license confirms self-motivation, dedication, and a minimum level of technical expertise. It is understood that getting licensed is difficult and therefore requires a level of persistence and dedication to complete. Firms recognize and reward this effort and tenacity.
- It saves them money: Architectural firms pay annually for professional insurance, and their rates are lower (because risk is lower) if there is a higher percentage of licensed architects in the firm.
- It adds value to their clients: Clients respect and value architectural licenses. Many clients expect, or even require, that the team members working on their project are licensed. They want the best and brightest experts designing and building their project. They want reassurance that their project will be built well, will be worth their money, and will not cause technical or liability risks. An architectural license may give them this needed reassurance.
- It strengthens their marketing numbers: Numbers and statistics are important in the business world. They may make or break a project's success. For example, publicly funded projects are required to issue Request for Proposals (RFPs) as a means for selecting an architecture firm. Based on history, leaders typically choose firms with increased numbers of licensed architects to partner with for publicly funded projects. This case is just one example of how firms can use licensed employees in their marketing efforts. The more licensed architects they have in their firm, the more clout they carry.