Sample Architecture Cover Letter
Here is a sample cover letter that you can use as a starting point. However, remember you are selling your unique story.
UPDATE FROM BRANDON 3/7/2017:
Hi there, just a quick note before you read the example. Since this article has become very popular (#1 on Google) I have seen many word-for-word copies of this architecture cover letter in a lot of applications. I don't mind it being copied but you are doing yourself a disservice because all of the hiring managers know about this article. "Here is another Brandon cover letter". Please just use this as a reference for you own voice and experience. Thanks!
This is a business letter so use formal block formatting (not indented) paragraphs. Don't forget to include your contact information in the header or footer. Just email and phone number are acceptable, your mailing address is not necessary.
Download the example documents for a formatted sample.
[insert your contact information in header or footer]
October 12, 2015
Mr. Chris Anderson
145 Main Street
Boston, MA 02108
Dear Mr. Anderson:
With this letter, I wish to express my strong interest in working with ABC Architects as a Junior Designer. After three years in design and construction, I believe I would bring several areas of competence to ABC Architects. My resume detailing my professional background is enclosed for your review and consideration.
In my current position, I manage a team of designers and coordinate various consultants and work streams under demanding deadlines. I have contributed to the design of numerous high-rise projects including the First Bank Tower in New York and the Finance Office HQ in Dallas.
Through these and other projects detailed in my resume I am experienced with building materials and systems, sustainability techniques and construction administration on complex projects. I have extensive experience with a broad range of design and management software including AutoCAD, Sketchup, Revit, 3DS Max and Adobe Suite.
I would very much like to speak with you about the designer opportunities and the ways you can utilize my expertise. Please expect my call on Thursday, October 15th to arrange a convenient time to discuss. I look forward to speaking with you about this opportunity.
James M. Smith
[insert your contact information in header or footer]
Notice it does not say, “I look forward to hearing from you” or “Please call me at your earliest convenience.” You need to be firm and show initiative at this stage.
Submitting the cover letter
There are generally three ways to submit your cover letter:
2. Website submission
3. Mailed hard copy
I generally recommend you include the cover letter in the body of the message if you are applying by email. By keeping the cover letter as part of the email it takes out one step from clicking on two or three separate attachments (cover letter, resume, and sample portfolio.)
There are several options in submitting your application by email, I will have a look at these options and discuss the pros and cons of each method.
Here are the three main “ingredients” of your application
1. Cover letter
3. Sample Portfolio
Option 1: Cover letter in body of email, resume and portfolio attached separately
- Makes it more likely the recipient will read your cover letter if it is just included in the email as opposed to opening the cover letter attachment.
- Keeps the resume and sample portfolio separate so the formatting can be different.
- Makes the package more interesting instead of opening the attachment and seeing a letter, instead of a portfolio image or a well formatted resume.
- The above benefit of the resume and portfolio separate could also be a disadvantage because it creates two separate attachments, increasing the chance they won’t both be opened.
Option 2: Cover letter, resume and portfolio attached separately
- Allows different formatting for each document.
- Allows the hiring manager to skip to whichever document he or she is looking for.
- More things to open and/or lose
Option 3: Cover letter, resume and portfolio combined into one attachment
- Easier to keep track of just one document, but if this email does not include a compelling email body cover letter then the attachment may not be opened at all.
- If you also include the cover letter in the email body AND the attachment it appears redundant when you read the email then open the pdf. This can make it a little trickier if you have different formatting between the three documents, from portrait to landscape for example. However it can make it a little easier for the hiring manager to print or forward if it is all-in-one document.
Some of the large architecture offices will have application submissions on their website. For cover letters in this situation there are generally two options:
1. Attaching a pdf cover letter
Always go with this option first. If they only offer a cover letter text box then that becomes a formatting issue.
2. A text only box
This is usually a plain text box that does not allow formatting, you need to have your cover letter formatted for both html and plain text when applying so they are both clearly readable.
Mailed hard copy
I generally don't recommend submitting hard copies of your applications. However, if you insist on snail mail be sure to print your cover letter on quality white bond paper (that matches your resume) and sign it.
You may want to send it in a waterproof envelope to reduce the chance of it getting wet.
I hope you found this information on architecture cover letters helpful for your next application.
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Dear Mr Adams
Re: Senior Architect position, REF951
Please accept my application for the position of Project Architect as advertised on SEEK on 5 June 2009.
I am a dynamic and ambitious architect with five years experience in various projects and constructions on luxury houses, home units, industrial and commercial buildings, urban design, heritage and conservation, and defence-listed sites. Since graduating from the University of Western Australia with a Master’s degree in Architecture, I have worked in several well-known architecture and design companies.
I possess impeccable technical and computer skills with advanced knowledge of Auto CAD, Microsoft Office, Adobe and other graphics communication programs. In previous jobs I have often been called upon to train juniors and other employees in various computer software. An excellent working knowledge of contracts administration is also one of my strong points.
My attention to detail and excellent problem-solving skills ensure that every project I work on is done accurately and to the highest possible standard. I am comfortable working as part of a team but also have the ability to take an authoritative role when the situation arises. My verbal communication skills and positive attitude make me an effective communicator with all clients I work with.
I am excited about the chance of working for Black, Smith & Partners as I have admired the company since I first started studying Environmental Design. My enclosed resume clearly demonstrates my interest in sustainability and the way in which my skills and experiences are compatible with this role.
I look forward to the opportunity of discussing my application with you further and how I can significantly contribute to the ongoing success of your company.