Plans and designs buildings, provides concepts, specifications and detailed drawings, negotiates with builders and advises on the procurement of buildings. An architect also 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.
An architect must also have knowledge not just about 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 whoever hires them to ensure that the clients as well as business owners are happy with the final design.
Architecture is a time intensive field, with long hours spent in front of computers 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 in the construction team. Architects must be able to work well with others, and with both electronic and physical drawings. They must also be able to think both conceptually and practically.
Review and processes shop drawings, maintains and records changes on the 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.
This occupation has a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.