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Architect

Plan and design buildings and structures; provide specifications and detailed drawings to builders.

Overview

Architects design new buildings and renovations to existing structures. They use structural, mechanical and aesthetic design elements to influence the human experience of being inside a space or environment.

Work is at architectural practices or construction companies. Regular site visits may be required.

Suits those with the ability to design and plan for 3-dimensional spaces. A strong sense of creative and technical design, good grasp of mathematics and attention to detail are important.

Day-to-day

  • obtain advice from clients and management to determine the type, style and size of planned buildings and alterations
  • provide information regarding designs, materials and estimated building times
  • prepare project documentation, including sketches and scale drawings
  • write specifications and contract documents for use by builders
  • inspect construction work in progress to ensure compliance with plans, specifications and quality standards.

Considerations

  • stressful.

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