An architect designs buildings, and oversees the construction of the buildings they have designed. Being an architect is a very important job, and therefore those hoping to join this career must have advanced education and licensure. Architecture is a legally protected field, meaning that those without these requirements can not practice architecture.
An architect must be confident enough in their abilities to not require supervision, but will often work as part of a team. An architect must also have knowledge not just of design, but also the technical components of buildings. They must also have practical knowledge of building codes and regulations, and other relevant property related laws.
Architects make use of many design programs, such as CAD (computer-aided design) to create the initial plan for a building. They work with whomever hired them to ensure both parties are happy with the final design. After this first designing phase, an architect then works with a crew of workers, such as contractors or engineers, to complete the construction of the building.
Architecture is a time intensive field, with long hours spent in front of the computer and over blueprints. Once out of the design phase, the work moves outside, often traveling to future locations of buildings, and going to meetings with others on the construction team. Architects must be able to work well with others, and with both electronic and physical drawing. They must also be able to think both conceptually and practically.
Architect (but not Landscape or Naval) Tasks
- Review and process shop drawings, maintain and record changes on project during construction administration.
- Prepare architectural working drawings and specifications.
- Coordinate all engineering drawings with architectural and interior design drawings.
- Work on multiple projects concurrently in various stages of preparation and construction.