Last August, we highlighted two resources on the topic of what we refer to as “Beyond

Architecture.”  Today, we provide additional resources to launch your career beyond architecture.


Beyond Architecture: Two Publications – dated August 8, 2021


what kind of architect are you?

Authored by Udo Greinacher


Architects After Architecture: Alternative Pathways for Practice

Edited By Harriet HarrisRory Hyde, Roberta Marcaccio


It is worth repeating that an architectural education is excellent preparation for many career paths beyond architecture.  In fact, the career possibilities with an architectural education are truly limitless.


As a profession, architecture offers a myriad of possibilities for rewarding careers – Irene Dumas-Tyson


But, aside from these two books, what additional resources exist.

First, has a dedicated resource page to Beyond Architecture.  Constantly expanding, the Beyond Architecture resource page has links to a number or articles on the topic and lists of professional associations in a few related career fields including

  • Architectural History
  • Construction
  • Design (Graphic, Industrial, Furniture, Lighting)
  • Historic Preservation
  • Interior Design
  • Planning / Landscape Architecture
  • Technical / Engineering
  • Community Service

One article to review regardless of your future career path is that of Natasha Case who co-founded Coolhaus, a company that serves ‘architecturally inspired’ gourmet ice cream sandwiches from food trucks and in stores nationwide.


Natasha Case – Co-Founder: Coolhaus


Additional resources include:

Beyond Architecture: 6 Young Chinese Architects Working in Alternative Careers

ArchDaily December 6, 2021


Architects beyond Architecture

YouTube July 26, 2021


22 Alternative Careers for Architects

Indeed April 1, 2021


Changing Career from Architecture

YouTube January 4, 2021


7 Alternative Career Paths for Architects

Archipreneur May 28, 2018


Nine More Alternative Careers for Architects

Architect Magazine April 26, 2017


10 Essential Skills for a Life Beyond Architecture

Archinect March 24, 2017


Career Opportunities Architecture After School

Jackie Craven March 5, 2017


Pursuing Alternative Paths in the Name of Design

Architect Magazine February 7, 2017


Amazing Things Architects Make when They Are Not Architecting

WIRED January 27, 2017


21 Careers You Can Pursue with a Degree in Architecture

ARCHDaily November 7, 2016


Eight Alternative Careers for Architects

Architect Magazine June 1, 2016


Career paths beyond traditional practice tap into the creative-thinking and problem-solving skills developed from an architectural education.  The interest in these paths is growing; emerging professionals indicate that nearly one-fifth do not plan on pursuing a traditional career in architecture although they still plan to obtain their license.


Archinect, “Working out of the Box


I am certain that architectural graduates who are in command of the powerful problem defining and problem-solving skills of the designer, will be full capable of designing their own imaginative careers by creating new definitions of meaningful work for architects that are embedded in the social landscape of human activity and life’s events – Leslie Kanes Weisman

Together, these resources describe careers beyond architecture.  Whether you are an architecture student or a practicing architect considering a transition from architecture may be a worthwhile one.


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