A project architect coordinates the many parts of a project; they are in charge of product design, development of plans, construction documents, and consultation with other experts about the job being completed. The duties of a project architect depend greatly on the size of the project assigned to them. They oversee the workers involved in the design of the project, and they also are in charge of coordinating different pieces of the project with staff and clients. In some cases, the project architect also is responsible for communicating with the engineers and city officials that may be involved with the design phase of each project. They also determine the construction materials and the best methods for the project. They make sure that each project meets local zoning and building codes.
It is important for a project architect to have exceptional leadership and communication skills; they also need to have good knowledge of architectural software programs. A bachelor's degree in architecture is required, and some employers may require a master's degree as well.
Project Architect Tasks
- Assess sites, relevant city codes, and other research.
- Develop construction documents through consultation with clients.
- Assess project needs and set objectives, budget, and schedule.
- Work with vendors to ensure on-time delivery and on-budget production.