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What They Do

Architects Career Video

About This Career

Plans and designs structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Design/Pre-Construction pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Develops final construction plans that include aesthetic representations of the structure or details for its construction.
  • Prepares scale drawings or architectural designs, using computer-aided design or other tools.
  • Prepares information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, equipment, estimated costs, or construction time.
  • Meets with clients to review or discuss architectural drawings.
  • Consults with clients to determine functional or spatial requirements of structures.
  • Monitors the work of specialists, such as electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, interior designers, or sound specialists to ensure optimal form or function of designs or final structures.
  • Integrates engineering elements into unified architectural designs.
  • Plans layouts of structural architectural projects.
  • Conducts periodic on-site observations of construction work to monitor compliance with plans.
  • Plans or designs structures such as residences, office buildings, theatres, factories, or other structural properties in accordance with environmental, safety, or other regulations.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Design Architect
  • Planner
  • Project Architect
  • Specifications Writer


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