Architect

Adeline Bieniarz

Career Research Requirements

Description

An architect plans and designs buildings and structures. Such as private residences, office buildings, and other structures.

Daily Task

Some of their daily task consist of preparing scaled drawings, planing the layout of projects, thinking creatively, and meeting with clients.

Education/training needed

Bachelor's degree

Preferred Job Skills

Good skills to have for this job is a critical thinking, complex problem solving, analytical skills, and creativity.

Job Outlook

The job outlook is 17% which is faster then normal.

Salary

Average is $73,090 a year

Work Environment

They work in offices meeting clients and make reports and drawings. Some are self-employed and work in a home office. An architect will also visit the construction site to review on progress. They might have to work long hours to meet deadlines.

Career Connections

  1. Frank Lloyd Wright- "Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age."
  2. Norman Foster- "As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown."

High School Preparation Requirements

Related Course at Leyden

Two course that would help prepare for an architect would be a drawing class and a math class. Architects use drawing skills when drawing ideas for houses. Math skills are very important in this career because proportions and measurements are very important to understand.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Art club and engineering club are two extra-curricular activities at leyden that would help being an architect. Art club would help improve thinking creatively and engineering club would help understand how things work and are put together.

Work and/or Volunteer Experience

Volunteering to build house will give you experience being an architect.

References

1. William Krypel -Art Teacher

2. Bradley Henning - Physical Science Teacher

3. Natalia Karcz - Algebra 1 HN Teacher

Post-secondary Plans Requirements

What is your post-secondary plan?

4 year university

Related College Majors

Three related majors are Architecture, Environmental Design/Architecture, and Architectural History and Criticism, General.

Internship/Apprenticeship Opportunities

Get an apprenticeship to follow another architect or get an internship in an architect's office.

Colleges/Universities

  1. University of Illinois - Urban, IL

  2. Illinois State University - Normal, IL

  3. Northern Illinois University - Chicago, IL

So you want to be an architect - Part 1