What does a Architect do?
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Architects design large and small structures such as office buildings, businesses, stadiums, schools, malls, and homes. They might also design outdoor spaces. An architect will collect all information for a project to include site selection, environmental impact, zoning laws, building codes, and access to buildings for the disabled. They visit site locations to visualize their projects and prepare scaled drawings to submit to a client or employer as a design. They also estimate build costs, materials needed, and the projected time-frame to complete a build.
How to Become an Architect
If you happen to be in high school, you’ll want to take as much science and math as possible. This career field is unique in that you must use science and math but you may find yourself sketching and/or modeling. Since you will be designing structures, courses in art are vital as this will help improve your sketches and sculptures.
Most earn a bachelor’s degree in architecture and then gain experience through an internship. Some architects continue their education and earn their master’s degree in architecture. They are also required to pass the Architect Registration Exam.
Job Description of an Architect
An architect is responsible for drawing up the detailed plans for a structure and developing final construction plans to include electrical and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems. They may also provide designs for landscape requirements, plumbing, and communication systems.
They closely follow the progress of the construction site to be sure schedules stay on-time, the proper design is implementation, and the required materials are being used. They also are sure to check on the quality of work. Sometimes, an architect may help their client receive fair construction bids and get quality contractors.
They tools such as building information modeling (BIM) and/or computer-aided design and drafting (CADD). Hand-drawing skills are used mostly during the early design stages of a project. They usually spend their day working in an office, meeting with potential customers, coordinating with other engineer or architects, and designing drawings for projects. They can also be found at a construction site overseeing the progress of a project.
The Association of Architecture Organization (AAO) offers educational opportunities through public programs, tours, exhibitions, and K-12 education.