Cover letter for architects (5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for architects.”

Samples of cover letters for architects

When writing an architect’s cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for architects”

“March 1, 2019

Jessica Calatrava

Hiring Manager

SHoP Architects

233 Broadway, 11th Floor

New York, NY 10279

Dear Jessica,

As an urban design student and NYC-based architect, I was thrilled when I stumbled across your opening for the junior architect position. My previous architecture experience has honed my creativity, design, and teamwork skills, among others, and I know I have the skills and knowledge required to take SHoP Architects into the next chapter.

During my time at Big Apple Architects, I learned and developed many skills and abilities which would carry over well into the junior architect role at SHoP. My 2+ years of experience producing design and construction document drawings gives me an excellent starting point for this new role.

During my time at BAA, my wins included:

Delivered all project budgets within 99% accuracy of completed costs.

Led design of more than 25 residential and commercial building properties.

Instituted new collaboration approach with project management team which saw a 35% decrease in planning time.

As my accomplishments show, I am very proud of the work that I do, whether it’s interpreting design intent into working drawings or leading production of CAD drawings. If awarded the opportunity to prove myself at SHoP, I will come with that same work ethic and motivation.

I would welcome the chance to discuss SHoP’s upcoming projects and plans and share with you how my wins at BAA can easily transfer to your agency for any project type.


Ilona Turenchenko

P.S. I’d love to meet you for a coffee and explain how I believe my 99% budget accuracy could be translated to my work at SHoP Architects.”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for architects”

“[Today’s Date]

[Hiring Manager’s Name]

[Company Address]

[Company City, State xxxxx]



Dear [Mr./Ms./Mx.] [Manager’s Name],

My name is Marcus Winfield, and I’m writing to apply for the position of Junior Architect at R&G Designs Inc. I graduated from Woodbury University’s School of Architecture, following which I acquired my architect’s license from the California Architects Board [License Number].

With more than 2 years of experience in architectural design and drawing, particularly elevations, I bring to your team a trained eye for detail and a keen sense of modern and green aesthetics, as evident from my portfolio. I’m proficient in the use of Autodesk and AutoCAD suites, and I use Autodesk Revit for most of my work in my current role.

Although all of my projects are dear to me, I’m particularly proud to have contributed to the Old Vicarage Restoration Project (portfolio drawing #4), which I was a part of since its inception right up to its completion. This wide-ranging experience of a complex, large-scale architectural project (while simultaneously working on other smaller projects) has accelerated my learning — not only my technical design and drawing skills but also such soft skills as time, task, and vendor management.

I also have some experience in field work at my current firm, having accompanied and assisted senior architects during on-site inspections and quality control checks. While field visits can be hard work, I personally welcome them as a break from the sedentary office environment.

Since graduation, I’ve engaged in continual learning and development, not only because it would advance my career, but also because I believe sustainable design can help solve some of our biggest challenges, namely global warming and resource scarcity. In this regard, I’m currently preparing to take the LEED Green Associate exam.

I am keen to discuss how I can add value to R&G Designs and address questions you may have about me and my portfolio in an in-person interview.


Marcus Winfield”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for architects”

“Ivy Haddington

(123) 456-7891

May 1, 2018

Dear Hiring Manager,

I’m excited to be applying for the Architect position at Cloud Clearwater. With a background in project management and a passion for design, I deliver a unique combination of artistic talent and technical expertise. I’m thrilled at the opportunity to bring more than 10 years of experience as an Architect to Cloud Clearwater’s industry-leading team.

During my previous role at River Tech, I was responsible for preparing a full complement of construction documents for high- and mid-rise commercial, residential, and mixed-use properties. I have specialized training in sustainability techniques and extensive real-world experience in identifying project risks and advising client stakeholders on mitigation strategies. This expertise allowed me to save River Tech clients more than $15 million in unnecessary costs in 2017 alone.

In addition to my expertise in design, I’m also proficient with the major CAD software systems, including AutoCAD, Revit, ArchiCAD and SketchUp. In 2013, I spearheaded an initiative to use these systems to integrate 360-degree panoramic renderings into our client presentations, which resulted in a 150% growth in sales. These renderings have also resulted in improved client communication during project construction and have been praised by clients for providing “incomparable clarity and direction” during all stages of development.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I’m looking forward to learning more details about the Architect position and about Cloud Clearwater. I’m eager to combine my artistic talents with my technical skills to create award-winning designs for Cloud Clearwater’s portfolio of clients.


Ivy Haddington”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for architects”

“Dear Mr. Dashwood:

Please accept my application and resume as I am applying for a position as an architect with your firm. ABC Architecture Associates has been a leader in the industry for many years and it would be my honor and privilege to work for a firm of this caliber. I am willing and able to work long hours to meet a deadline. I actually thrive under pressure and I am intensely ambitious in my career goals and objectives.

I have been employed by XYZ Designs since 2009 where I began working immediately after earning my Master’s degree in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. I have worked on a variety of projects around the metropolitan Atlanta area including luxury homes in the John’s Creek and Heron Glen developments, commercial and industrial buildings in the Chattahoochee and Town Park areas, urban design in the Atlantic Station expansion as well as some heritage and conservation work in the Peachtree Battle area.

I possess excellent computer and technical skills with advanced knowledge of Adobe, Auto CAD, 3ds Max, Maya and Revit and I am a quick study of new graphics and design programs. While at XYZ I was trained in and now have a working knowledge of contracts administration as well. I am extremely detail-oriented and have strong problem-solving skills that enable me to complete every project accurately and to the highest standard possible. I have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and can function well as a team member or as a leader.

The prospect of working for ABC Architecture Associates is exciting as I know that the firm specializes in environmental design and this is my greatest area of interest. The recent work I did at Peachtree Battle and Atlantic Station had environmental design elements and I found that I have a passion for this type of architectural design. Please review my attached application, resume and selections from my portfolio. I am available for an interview at your convenience and I can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email]


Travis Taylor

Travis Taylor”

Sample 5: “Cover letter for architects”

“Dear Human Resources Director:

My name is Louisa Fields and I just graduated from the University of Virginia with a Master’s degree in Architecture. I had the privilege of working as an intern at the Washington D.C. branch of ABC Architectural Design Specialists last year and would like to apply for a position as a junior architect. Attached along with my application, resume and student portfolio is a letter of reference from Ms. Jackie O’Neil who was my manager at ABC during my internship.

My experience and the specific skills I have honed thus far include project management with emphasis on creativity, project development from client concept and historical renovation. During my internship at ABC, I assisted Ms. O’Neil with the recent renovations to the historic Jefferson Hotel. I am LEED certified and committed to green construction and the use of sustainable materials which I know is important to the management at ABC.

While doing my graduate work I also became interested and studied extensively in the areas of contract negotiation, budgeting and client consultation. Toward the end of my internship at ABC Ms. O’Neil allowed me to sit in and observe a client contract negotiation and several budget meetings. These were extremely valuable experiences that helped me understand the practical side of architecture which goes hand in hand with the creative aspect.

I hope that you will consider me for a position as a junior architect at ABC Architectural Design Specialists when one becomes available. I believe I have a unique understanding of the mission of the firm and management’s commitment to excellence having interned there for 6 months. I would welcome the opportunity to come to your office for an interview and can be reached on my cell phone any time at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email]


Your Signature

Louisa Fields”

Frequently Asked Questions: Samples of cover letters for architects

How do you write a cover letter for an architecture student?

Here’s how to write a successful cover letter for an architecture internship:

  • Start with a Greeting and a Compelling Cover Letter Introduction. 
  • Show You’re the Perfect Candidate. 
  • Explain Why You Want This Particular Internship.

What should I write in an architecture internship email?

“I am writing to you to express my desire and interest in undertaking a six-month internship program in your prestigious firm. I am a 4th-year student from the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Bhopal, pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree (B. Arch).”

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