Careers in Architecture
Architecture is the art and science of designing buildings. Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures.
Some Duties of an Architect:
- Design buildings for individuals or companies
- Ensure buildings are safe, functional, strong, and most architects ensure their buildings will have little impact on the environment
- Give estimates of construction time and cost
- Prepare the specifications of the structures
- Direct employees who prepare the drawings
- Scale drawings, either by hand or with a computer software
- Manage construction contracts
- Visit work sites to ensure that construction adheres to architectural plans
- Architects work on private or public projects and design both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Architect Career Path
There are usually three main steps to becoming a licensed architect. You need to complete a professional degree in architecture, gain relevant experience through an internship, and pass the Architect Registration Examination. There are a number of qualities an architect should possess. These include analytical skills, communication skills, creativity, organizational skills, technical and visualization skills are necessary for a career in architecture. Becoming an architect is a challenging career path to take but is also one that is very enjoyable.
Master Of Architecture Career Opportunities
The Master of Architecture I program at NewSchool of Architecture and Design is designed to be a student’s first professional degree and is recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board as an accredited degree. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS at www.bls.gov), architects can expect an employment growth of 24 percent from 2010-2020 as jobs in architecture continue to grow significantly. The time for having architecture as a career is now.
While most students entering this degree program plan to practice architecture, this degree is also extremely useful for students who wish to pursue careers in teaching architecture or managing architecture and/or engineering firms.
Other architecture career opportunities include*:
- Drafter in manufacturing; professional, scientific, and technical services; and construction.
- Architectural and engineering managers who plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development.
- Architects, except for landscape and naval.
- Architecture teacher, postsecondary
*According to http://www.onetonline.org/
Preparing You for a Career in Architecture
Career counselors and staff at NewSchool are ready to speak with you about career opportunities that lie ahead for you within this vibrant field. Please review our course descriptions and contact us with any questions. Many architecture graduates find employment in well-established architecture firms. Learn the career path of an architect with NewSchool today!