Presentation on theme: "Maranda Hodge Marketing 1B 05/2011. DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES First, the architect and client discuss the objectives, and budget of a project. The architect."— Presentation transcript:
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES First, the architect and client discuss the objectives, and budget of a project. The architect then prepares drawings and generally, builds a model for presentation. Accompanying these plans are drawings of the structural system; air- conditioning, heating, and ventilating systems; electrical systems; communications systems; plumbing and a list of building materials. In developing designs, architects follow specific building rules, laws, and regulations. Many computer drafting programs such as AutoCAD and REVIT have replaced traditional paper and pencil in the drafting process. As construction proceeds, architects may visit building sites to check up on contractors to make sure things are going to plan. The job is not complete until all construction is finished, required tests are conducted, and construction costs are paid. WORKING CONDITIONS Usually working in a comfortable environment, architects spend most of their time in offices consulting with clients, developing reports and drawings, and working with other architects and engineers. However, they often visit construction sites to review the progress of projects.
PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS Architects must be able to communicate their ideas visually to their clients. Artistic and drawing ability is helpful, but not essential, to such communication. More important are a visual orientation and the ability to understand spatial relationships. Other important qualities for anyone interested in becoming an architect are creativity and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Computer skills are also required for writing specifications, for 2-dimensional and 3- dimensional drafting using CADD programs, and for financial management. An architect’s duties require specific skills such as designing, engineering, supervising, and communication. REQUIRED EDUCATION & TRAINING Most architects earn their professional degree through a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree program. A typical program includes courses in architectural history and theory, building design with an emphasis on CADD, structures, technology, construction methods, professional practice, math, physical sciences, and liberal arts. Central to most architectural programs is the design studio, where students apply the skills and concepts learned in the classroom and create drawings and three- dimensional models of their designs. Most new graduates complete their training period by working as interns at architectural firms. Interns in architectural firms may assist in the design of one part of a project, help prepare architectural documents or drawings, build models, or prepare construction drawings on CADD.
CAREER LADDER In large firms, architects may advance to supervisory or managerial positions. Some architects become partners in established firms, while others set up their own practices. Some graduates with degrees in architecture also enter related fields, such as graphic, interior, or industrial design; urban planning; real estate development; civil engineering; and construction management. INCOME AND FRINGE BENEFITS Architects can be expected to make anywhere between $40,000 to $120,000. It all depends. A typical architect generally does not reach their career climax until the age of 50.
My opinion on this career choice is one of patience. In order to become a successful architect you have to be willing to spend years in training and education. However, I’ve known for a long time that this is what I want to do. My whole life, from digging homes in the dirt at daycare to drawing home and commercial plans in my spare time is what told me that I want to be an architect. Nothing is more important than having a job you look forward to everyday and having a job that serves as a passion, which ultimately means you’ll do your best everyday. An architect describes me inside and out because I am a communication, creative, management, and task- oriented person. Other bonuses of being an architect include the fact that it pays well and above anything else, enhances your overall character. It’s a job that pays you back in various ways.
Created by: Maranda Hodge Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Architects, Except Landscape and Naval, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos038.htm (visited May 21, 2011).http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos038.htm