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Modern Architecture

Architecture

Architects are responsible for creating visual plans and designing a wide range of structures, including  residential homes, commercial buildings, theaters, warehouses, hospitals, and museums.

Similar Titles

  • Architect

  • Draftsperson

  • Revit Technician

  • BIM Manager/Coordinator

  • Design Architect

  • Project Architect

  • Urban Designer

Median & Top-level
Salary

$102,160

Opportunities
  • Architecture Firm

  • Design Build Firm

  • Interior Design Firm

  • Urban Planning

  • Design Firm

  • Construction Management Company

  • Real Estate Development Firm

  • Building Construction Consultancy

  • Historic Preservation Organization

  • Government Planning

  • Development Agency

  • Landscape Architecture Firm

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What Do I Do

• Proactively seeks out new projects by marketing their services and offering presentations to potential clients.
• Meets with their clients to understand their needs and requirements for the structures
• Calculates material, equipment, and construction costs, as well as the estimated time needed to complete the project
• Makes selections for materials and equipment which often requires working with engineering and specialty consultants 
• Develops detailed specifications for the design and structure of the project
• Supervises employees who assist with creating the project drawings and documents
• Creates accurate, scaled drawings of the project
• Develops contracts for building contractors
• Oversees construction contracts to ensure 
compliance with architectural plans
• Conducts site visits to monitor construction progress and ensure adherence to plans

Architectural Plans
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Hard

& Soft Skills

  • Proficient in verbal and written communication

  • Capable of effectively communicating ideas through diagrams, drawings, renderings, and presentations

  • Skilled in computer drafting and modeling

  • Possesses a strong technical understanding of construction and engineering systems.

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  • Extended Work Hours: Architecture is a field where long work hours are commonly expected, as architects believe that design can always be improved. Additionally, as the lead consultant working directly with clients on projects, architects must oversee the work of other specialists

  • Architects may not receive compensation that is commensurate with their level of education compared to other professionals. Nevertheless, many architects find fulfillment in the ability to apply their training to new challenges and use their creativity to interpret the world around them.

Opportunities

& Challenges

Curved Architectural Structure
Abstract Architecture

What Do I
need to know

  • Architects have to think about many things, like how the building will look, how it will be used, how many people it will hold, and how it will stay safe and strong.

  • To become an Architect, you usually have to study for four to five years to get a Bachelor's degree in Architecture. This degree will teach you about design, math, engineering, and other important skills. However, it's important to make sure that the college or university you attend is recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is an organization that makes sure that the schools are teaching everything that Architects need to know. If the school you go to isn't recognized by the NAAB, you might have to get a Master's degree to be able to work as an Architect in some states.

  • After finishing school, you also have to work at a company for up to three years. This is called an internship, and it's a chance to learn more about what it's like to work as an Architect. The internship has to be approved by the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), which is run by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

  • Once the internship is complete, Architects must pass a big exam called the Architect Registration Examination. This exam is really important because it shows that Architects know everything they need to know to be able to design buildings that are safe and strong.

  • Even after getting a license, Architects have to keep learning new things to keep it. This is because buildings are always changing, and Architects need to know about new materials, techniques, and laws that affect their work. This learning can happen through workshops, classes, conferences, or self-study.

  • Attention to Detail

  • Tenacity

  • Computer/Technical Savvy

  • Communication Skills

  • Listening to/Monitoring Multiple Activities

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Problem-Solving Skill

  • Active Learning

  • Time Management

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • A Grasp of Popular Culture

  • Musicality

  • Fine Arts Knowledge

  • Teamwork

Young Designer

Top Schools

& Programs

  1. Rice University.

  2. Cornell University.

  3. Washington University in St. Louis.

  4. University of Southern California.

  5. Yale University.

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