Architects design structures such as houses, apartment complexes, shopping centers, office buildings, and factories. In addition to considering their physical appearance, they also make sure these structures will be functional, safe, economical, and suit the needs of the people who will use them.
The majority of the time, architects work in an office. There, they meet with clients, draft plans, work on cost estimates, file permit applications with municipal building departments, and help clients set up agreements with contractors. Architects also visit construction sites to check the progress of projects and make sure contractors are building them according to their plans.
This job generally requires the ability to do the following work:
- Lead and develop projects from early concept through design development
- Prepare drawings, specifications, and construction documents
- Design and document commercial and industrial building projects
- Consult with clients to determine their requirements
- Coordinate preliminary architectural studies for major new structures and alterations to existing structures and site development
- Organize and manage permit documents
- Work with teams across business lines, in remote locations, and coordinate with subcontractors
- Resolve complex design issues with innovative and practical solutions
- Modify existing plans and elevations to fit client and sales needs
- Creativity: You must be able to create designs for buildings and other structures.
- Visualization: You need to be able to see, in your mind’s eye, what those structures will look like once they are complete.
- Verbal Communication: This skill will allow you to describe your ideas to your clients and colleagues.
- Active Listening: In addition to clearly communicating information to others, you must be able to understand what others are sharing with you.
- Problem Solving: Problems will inevitably arise during most building projects. You must be able to quickly identify and then solve them to keep the project moving forward.
- Critical Thinking: Good problem solving requires the ability to evaluate possible solutions before choosing the most promising one.
- Strong written and verbal skills, fluency and grammar
- Ability to perform duties at other than normal working hours and days as required by projects or tasks
- Ability to produce 2D and 3D design drawings for meeting presentations
- Must be knowledgeable in the applicable building codes
- Team player with a positive attitude
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously