Professional Architect

 

Being a professional architect means you're a problem solver. You're the kind of person who looks at a building and doesn't just see it as a collection of walls, windows, and doors—you see it as a living, breathing thing that's changing around you every day.

As a professional architect, you're responsible for making sure buildings are safe, functional spaces that serve their communities in the best way possible. You take pride in your work because it's not just about getting things done; it's about making sure that everyone can enjoy what you've created together.

What is a Professional Architect?

Architects design buildings and interiors, including residential and commercial use. An example of such structures are hospitals, schools, and libraries. They also may plan landscape design for public parks or other public spaces.

 

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Professional Architect Job Description

Professional Architect Job Overview

The primary responsibility of professional architects is to design buildings, including their exteriors and interiors. As a professional architect, you will also be required to manage projects from start to finish, including budgeting, scheduling, and providing quality control over the work that is being done. Professional architects work with clients to make sure the building meets the client's needs, such as ensuring it has enough space for parking or that the lighting is adequate throughout the day. They may also work with engineers to ensure that structures can withstand environmental factors like wind or earthquakes.

Responsibilities of a Professional Architect

Some of the tasks that professional architects perform include:
  • Designing a building's structure and layout
  • Creating drawings that illustrate the design plan
  • Guiding construction crews through the building process
  • Designing new buildings and additions to existing buildings
  • Working with contractors to oversee the construction of buildings
  • Collaborating with Project team members to communicate client needs, design intent, and design decisions.
  • Developing construction documents that meet project requirements while maintaining a high level of quality.
  • Attending client meetings to discuss design intent, providing feedback on submittals and construction documents, and responding to any questions or concerns the client or engineer raised.

Professional Architect Qualifications & Skills

To become a professional architect, you must complete a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university. You must also have at least four years of experience working on projects similar in scope and size to those you would be expected to take on if hired by an architectural firm or company.

The following is a list of some of the skills needed by architects:

  • Proven experience designing residential and commercial properties, including retail stores, restaurants, schools, offices, and more.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with clients and other team members to ensure that information is relayed on time.
  • Ability to think creatively when designing buildings
  • In-depth knowledge of the latest building codes and standards for your area of expertise.
  • A solid commitment to safety practices in all construction areas, including electrical wiring and plumbing installations.
  • Be able to work well under pressure.
  • Knowledge of how to create blueprints that are easy for builders to follow

Architectural work is a challenging and rewarding career. If you love creating beautiful, functional spaces and working with clients to achieve their vision, this is undoubtedly the career for you.

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