Architect

Architects plan and design buildings and other structures. They ensure these structures are safe, functional, sustainable, economical, and that they meet the needs of the customers using them.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

An Architect is following best available green practices while designing a new project with the goal of being a net-zero energy certified building. The Architect considers using passive lighting techniques in the building design to save energy. To do this, large windows facing the sun are installed and energy efficient LED light bulbs are placed in every room. To increase the use of renewable energy technologies and materials, the building will be constructed with recycled materials and have solar panels installed on the roof.

TYPICAL TASKS SRC

  • Prepare scale drawings or architectural designs with information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, equipment, estimated costs, or construction time, using computer-aided design or other tools.
  • Plan or design structures such as residences, office buildings, theatres, factories, or other structural properties in accordance with environmental, safety, or other regulations.
  • Direct activities of technicians engaged in preparing drawings or specification documents.
  • Prepare contract documents for building contractors and meet with clients to review or discuss architectural drawings.
  • Integrate engineering elements into unified architectural designs.

EXAMPLE JOB TITLES SRC

Architectural Project Manager, Design Architect, Principal Architect, Project Architect, Design Manager, Senior Planner

MEDIAN PAY SRC

$76,930

EDUCATION & TRAINING LEVEL

Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree (recommended), Licensure, Architect Registration Examination, Continuing Education Credits

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

5+ years

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Analytical Skills, Communication Skills, Organizational Skills, Technical Skills, Visualization Skills, Creativity, Interpersonal Skills, Detail Oriented, Math Skills, Time Management, Management Skills

SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Urban and Regional Planners, Civil Engineers, Architectural Drafters, Industrial Designers, Landscape Architect