Job Title: Architect
Type of Company: Architectural firm providing architectural services to Institutional clients including Universities, Hospitals and public agencies
Education: Bachelor of Architecture
Previous Experience: I have worked for several architectural firms prior to my tenure with my current employer
Job Tasks: As a senior architect, I manage projects for our firm. The management of the project includes meeting with building owners and users to understand their specific needs, coordinating with consultants on our team and leading our in-house team to complete the project through construction.
During a typical day I attend meetings with the building owner to further develop the building program or to review the progress of construction. In these meetings we track the issues in meeting minutes and review these minutes at weekly meetings. During the design phase of the project, the issues are related to the needs of the users, the proposed design and permitting and regulatory issues. I spend time in the office reviewing the work of our team which is documented in drawings and computer models. I am generally responsible for technical issues related to the construction of the building and to ensure that our plans meet the building code requirements. I also spend a lot of time on the phone coordinating with our consultant engineers. As the architect irm, we are responsible for making sure that all of the building systems designed by our consultant engineers work together in the building. During the construction phase of the project, I work more with the construction manager to make sure that they have all the information that they need and are building in accordance with our drawings and specifications. In addition I spend some time promoting the firm or pursuing leads for new projects.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I enjoy working with the users of the buildings to guide them through the process of building or renovating the buildings that they live, work and play in. I also enjoy working with the construction team and seeing the ideas translated from paper to a completed building or space.
The worst part is that my job can be very tedious. There are thousands of pieces in a building all of which are very important and must be very carefully spelled out for the builder. Mistakes in the drawings can cost the owner a lot of money and the pressure can be very stressful.
Job Tips: I recommend that you meet with an architect in their workplace to get a better sense of the profession. The educational system is changing but generally an architectural degree takes a minimum of five years in architecture school or two to three years of post graduate study. The curriculum is very specific to the profession.
Additional Thoughts: The profession of Architecture can require long hours and the compensation is lowest among all of the professionals. Most people who are in the profession enjoy what they do and are comfortable with their compensation.
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