A project lead or lead architect oversees a team of architects and draftsmen working on a architectural project. The architectural job captain oversees the work of architects and draftsmen, reporting progress and issues to the project lead as needed. They ensure that the team stays on schedule and executes schematics that conform to the requirements of the project leader or designer. The job captain works as an architect and may participate in the creation of drawings and drafts. They usually help create needed drawings using computer-aided drafting software (CAD). In their supervisory role, the job captain also reviews the drawings of the rest of the architectural team, suggests revisions, and has other draftsmen update designs on those suggestions.
The job captain also presents drawings and schematics to the project lead and clients for review. They receive suggestions and feedback on the work performed and then takes any necessary revisions back to the team to be executed. The job captain is also expected to ensure that work is completed on schedule and adheres to all budgetary constraints. The captain is likely to have input, if not total responsibility, for hiring new members to his or her team as well. The job captain typically works in an office during regular business hours, but this position often includes onsite visits.
A bachelor’s degree in architecture is generally required for this position. Companies also typically require five years or more of architectural experience before considering an applicant for this supervisory role.
Architectural Job Captain Tasks
Ensure building designs are structurally sound and functional, as well as aesthetically in line with the developer's ideas.
Coordinate with project leadership team to develop execution plan.
Lead a team of architects, structural engineers, draftsmen and general contractors during a large building project.