of being the architect who designs the next 'world's tallest skyscraper'? Want to join the revolution in
green building of housing or working spaces?
The first steps to
reach that goal are into classes that teach the skills architects need in order
to get the ideas in their heads transformed into solid form.
drawing skills, a background in architectural history, and understanding of modern computer assisted design (CAD/CAM) programs are just
part of the list that it takes to become an architect. Psychology
and group dynamics are important to design a space that is both practical as well as a sight to behold. Sociology comes into play,
too. Each structure reflects the culture of the people who will us it.
"It takes years of work at a firm before you advance to designing anything. Those years are spent drafting other people's ideas and working as a team to get jobs finished..."
That said, architectural training is not for everyone. The prize winners may be household names, but many license architects spend most of their careers drawing grain silos or floor plans for apartment renovations.
Reality check? It takes years of work at a firm before you advance to designing anything. Those years are spent drafting other people's ideas and working as a team to get jobs finished.
Design is only a small part of a thriving architectural career, a large part of which will be taken up with technical drawings, managing clients, and coordinating projects through to completion. Training in the field usually entails working closely with building contractors on construction
sites, supplementing your education with
a good understanding of the reality of what works and what doesn't
in making a functional building.
If you think you have the determination to put in the time and the patience to wait for your opportunity to go for the prizes you have a chance to succeed. Now all you need is to be gifted in math and drawing, have a good understanding of the physics involved with why things stay up (and why they fall down), and be extremely detail oriented and good with people. Remember that clients pay the bills and rude architects don't usually attract a large clientele. For those who muddle through, this field can enriching and financially rewarding.
More about architecture training and education
around the Web:
Where can you find programs that offer the combination
of skills you need to master to be a successful architect?
online tour of information on education and training resources worldwide including
lists of accredited schools, guides to architectural and interior design careers,
industry trends, career development and related resources...
American Institute of Architects - Check out architecture central for the USA, featuring
industry articles, news and upcoming events, career advice and educational resources
including their own education
pages with info on online courses, mentoring programs and more.
to Be an Architect - Study.com provides a brief summary of
the training it takes to get licensed, which should be helpful to anyone considering
a career as an architect. Included are links to schools in the US with programs
that match the field of study. You'll also find an earning chart and links to
related articles that may be helpful.