Facts About Architects

Architects are qualified professionals capable of designing new buildings, and remodeling old buildings. Architects use their creation and drawing tools to design attractive, functional, and secure buildings.

Construction of a building consistently needs the architect to adapt the design considering budget, client’s requirements, and environmental factors. Architects have to work with the entire construction staff and other professionals, including civil engineers, electrical engineers, public health engineers, interior designers, town planners, and even landscape designers.

Architects can also play multiple roles, providing interior design, decoration, landscape designing, and even construction on turnkey basis.

Qualification of Architects

Architects need bachelor’s degree from a well-recognized university. Five to 7 years of academic studies in architecture is required. Architecture includes different subjects, like design, drafting, graphics, materials and construction, history of architecture, environmental studies, mechanics, structure, landscape, and interior design.

After graduation, the architect has to get registered with the concerned department to get license for practicing architecture as a professional. However, every country has its own laws different from the other.

After graduating, the architect can further specialize in any subject for Masters, M.Phil or PhD. Higher degrees can help architects get high salary jobs in universities, colleges and research centers.

Essential Skills for Architects

• Written and oral skills in communication

• Excellent imagination and ability to bring imagination to paper through creative work

• An ability to begin and end the project in a professional way

• Ability to meet challenges during construction

• Having great skills in making drawings, both manually and using CAD

• An ability to understand project details

• Ability to manage the entire project

• Ability to lead a team of professionals and labor

• Ability to use latest software programs

• Ability to complete a project within the contract time and budget

Duties of an Architect

• Designing of buildings, and converting the design to paper through drawings, manually and using the drawing software

• Communicating with engineers, quantity surveyors and construction staff

• Buildings’ planning according to local bylaws and getting approval of design from the concerned authorities

• Making documents, like presentation reports, proposal writing and contracts

• Making bill of quantity with specifications

• Making changes in their design according to construction needs

• Leading a team, including CAD operators, junior architects, interior designers, contractors, and construction managers

• Regular site visits to ensure high quality construction. Frequent meetings with the client at client’s place, on site, or at architect’s own office.

Work Hours

Though, different architecture firms follow 9am to 5pm timings from Monday to Friday, but architects often work late evenings, or late nights due to urgent projects or limited deadlines. Architects have to pay overtime to their staff in case of longer working hours.

Salaries of Architects

Salary of an architect varies depending on the architecture firm. But, in general salary structure depends on architect’s experience and skills. Like, salary of junior architect is less than the senior architect.

Industries that Hire Architects

• Small or large private firms

• Public sectors

• Government sectors

• Large construction firms

• Engineering firms

• Landscape firms

• Interior design firms

• Teaching institutes and universities

Vacancies for architects are announced by local newspapers, recruitment agencies, and online advertisements, etc.

Source by Humera Ehsan