Architects work in the construction industry designing new buildings and the spaces in and around them. They also help restore and conserve old buildings and develop new ways of using existing buildings. They are involved in construction projects from the earliest stages right through to completion. They use their specialist construction knowledge and high-level drawing skills to design buildings that are functional, safe, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing. Architects stay involved throughout the construction process, adapting their plans according to budget constraints, environmental factors or client needs. Architects are not just involved in the design of a building. As a licensed professional they are also responsible for public safety and overseeing of projects. Their role is important in every stage of the building’s construction, from the initial concept to the opening ceremony when the building is complete. To be an architect you’ll need:
- design and drawing skills.
- a methodical, logical approach.
- analytical skills.
- excellent math skills.
- communication and negotiating skills.
- IT skills.
In the private sector, a newly-qualified architect would generally join a practice as a salaried employee. With experience, they might become an associate, and eventually a partner. In the public sector, architects may progress to the senior or principal architect. Experienced architects in any sector can set up their own architectural practice. The design process begins with developing initial ideas with the client. The architect asks detailed questions to find out exactly what the client wants and how much money is available for the project. The needs of people who will use the building and the impact of the building on the local community and the environment must also be taken into account.
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