Career as an Architect


Summary

Architects design structures, including residential houses, commercial buildings, and bridges. Architects can work independently as consultants, often own their own business, or work for an architectural or engineering firm. Unlike other construction or building professionals, architects focus more on the look of a building as opposed to its structure.

Architects are not just involved in the design of a building. As a licensed professional they are also responsible for public safety and overseeing of projects. Their role is important in every stage of the building's construction, from the initial concept to the opening ceremony when the building is complete. Beyond completion, an architect often remains involved in a project as buildings evolve to incorporate new surroundings and ideas. In the design role, an architect is hired by a client to produce detailed designs of a concept or idea that the client wants to bring to reality. As well as needing creative design ideas, this part of the role involves a great deal of technical knowledge and responsibility. During the documentation phase, the responsibilities are to capture the design on paper, producing detailed drawings and using technology such as CAD to test the feasibility of the design. These are the construction documents, which translate the design into instructions and technical specifications for contractors and construction experts. Once the project reaches the construction stage, the architect will be involved in site visits and meetings.

Architects apply technical skills and creativity to design commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and recreational buildings that are both practical in use and beautiful in appearance.

Work Environment

Alternatively, they can practice their architectural skills in other areas such as the built environment, construction, landscape design, and other design practices. Remember that all work experience is valuable. Public sector employers, such as local authorities and housing associations employ a significant proportion of the profession and some large organizations, such as banks and supermarkets, may have in-house architectural teams.

Entry Level Education

Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch)- 5 yr. Master of Architecture ( M. Arch )- 2-3yr.

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