Architects design new buildings and suggest alterations to existing buildings.
Architects create designs for new construction projects, alterations and redevelopments. 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. As such, they operate as part of an overall project design team, working closely with a range of construction professionals from quantity surveyors to building services engineers.
Typical work activities include:
creating building designs and highly detailed drawings both by hand and by using specialist computer-aided design (CAD) applications
liaising with construction professionals about the feasibility of potential projects
working around constraining factors such as town planning legislation, environmental impact and project budget
working closely with a team of other professionals such as building service engineers, construction managers, quantity surveyors and architectural technologists
applying for planning permission and advice from governmental new build and legal departments
writing and presenting reports, proposals, applications and contracts
specifying the requirements for the project
adapting plans according to circumstances and resolving any problems that may arise during construction
playing a part in project and team management
travelling regularly to building sites, proposed locations and client meetings
For the most part an architect’s working day will be office based. However, site visits and meetings with clients are frequent, so travel can figure prominently.
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
High levels of creativity and imagination
A keen interest in the built environment and the dedication to see projects through to their conclusion
Willingness to work long hours, under time and budget pressure
Excellent design and drafting skills and proficiency with computer-aided design (CAD)
A keen eye for detail, as well as the ability to see the bigger picture of a project
Organisational, project management and planning skills, including the ability to juggle multiple tasks
An analytical mind with excellent problem-solving and mathematical ability
Leadership skills as well as the ability to work well within a team of other professionals
An awareness of the specific environmental and social impact of your projects
Private architect practices
Large construction companies, particularly consultancies
Public sector bodies
Large industry organisations with substantial property portfolios (such as large retailers)
Aug. 5, 2019, 11:53 a.m.
Cartographers study, design, produce and distribute digital and conventional maps, charts, spreadsheets and diagrams for public sector and commercial customers.
July 22, 2019, 12:03 p.m.
Health and safety inspectors are responsible for monitoring and improving the health and safety of employees and the general public within public and private organisations.
June 12, 2019, 11:53 a.m.
Development surveyors work to increase the value of land by overseeing the development of property. Planners work to gain planning permission for property developments.