Architect  What They Do

Just the Facts

Plans and designs structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property. Often uses computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) systems.

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

A person in this career:

  • Prepares scale drawings or architectural designs, using computer-aided design or other tools.
  • Plans or designs structures such as residences, office buildings, theatres, factories, or other structural properties in accordance with environmental, safety, or other regulations.
  • Directs activities of technicians engaged in preparing drawings or specification documents.
  • Prepares contract documents for building contractors.
  • Prepares information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, equipment, estimated costs, or construction time.
  • Meets with clients to review or discuss architectural drawings.
  • Integrates engineering elements into unified architectural designs.
  • Administers construction contracts.
  • Consults with clients to determine functional or spatial requirements of structures.
  • Develops marketing materials, proposals, or presentation to generate new work opportunities.

Insider Info

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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 involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • 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

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