Associates in architectural design firms are highly familiar with the world of design and often have prior experience and education within it to develop a high degree of creativity and a diverse range of skills. Depending on the state in which he/she works, a designer's license may be necessary; the most commonly recognized is from The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).
A degree in a relevant field is highly beneficial for this position, and proficiency in computer programs such as AutoCAD and Design may be necessary. These associates must have a range of skills to serve clients, including computer skills, organization, presentation, planning, communication, and close attention to detail. Leadership, motivation, and interpersonal skills are also beneficial to work well with other employees.
Associates in architectural design firms must be familiar with the local laws which dictate building codes, as their work must always comply with local building codes and conditions of permits. Generally, these associates also help clients with applications for permits.
Experience and good contacts are important for those in this position when it comes to recommending specific materials used for construction of proposed plans; a design which is good on paper still requires careful planning and quality material for good execution. This work can be quite diverse, as clients always have different desires, ideas, and budgets with which to work. Often, these associate are able create niches for themselves in areas they like, such as industrial design, luxury design, or creating an ideal office atmosphere.
Associate - Architectural Design Firm Tasks
Assist with analyzing building code and permit compliance.
Create design review drawings and presentations for clients.
Drafting architecture designs and detailing.
Assist with permit applications.