Professional Development and Career Resources

Posted February 22, 2018

Alternative Careers for Architects

For designers looking for a different profession without significant retraining or time off work, here are several opportunities and success stories.

From Architect's Alice Liao:


Not all career changes from architecture require quitting a full-time job—and more importantly, the paycheck that accompanies it—for retraining or school. Myriad professions benefit from skills honed in architecture, such as design thinking, creative problem solving, and project management, which can ease and hasten the daunting transition and life decision. Expertise in architecture can even be desirable or a prerequisite in the new field.

If you are looking for a change, here are nine opportunities to consider and the stories of those who have successfully made the switch. For more ideas, see our 2016 article "Eight Alternative Careers for Architects."