By: Patryk Rydzewski


Description: Architects are the people that design new buildings, extensions or alterations to existing buildings, or advising on the restoration and conservation of old properties.

Daily Tasks and Activities:

  • Prepare structure specifications
  • Meet with clients to determine objectives and requirements for structures
  • Prepare scaled drawings with computer software and by hand
  • Estimate the amount of required materials, equipment, and construction time
  • Manage construction contracts
  • Visit work sites to ensure that construction adheres to architectural plans

Education and training needed
  • Most architects earn their professional degree through a 5-year bachelor of architecture degree program. Many also earn a maters degree.
  • All state architectural boards require architectural graduates to complete a lengthy paid internship. Usually has to be at least 3 years of experience before taking the Architecture registration exam.

Preferred Job Skills

  • Creativity: Architects have to use their creativity to design appealing houses and structures.
  • Communication Skills: Architects have to talk to a lot of people such as their clients to design the right structure.
  • Technical-Skills: Architects use a lot of computer programs to design buildings and structures, therefore you need to be good with technology.

Job Outlook

17% from 2012 to 2022


  • Medium annual wage: $73,090
  • Top 10%: More than $118,230

Work Environment

  • Architects spend much of their time meeting with clients, develop reports and drawings, and work with other architects and engineers. They also visit construction sites to make sure the everything is going properly.

Career Connections

"The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when your talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams."

-Robert A. M. Stern

I chose this quote because I thought it was more unique and better than all the other quotes. It has a bigger meaning and pretty much says that architects are needed to make their client's dreams come true.

High School Preperation

Related Courses:

  • Art
  • graphic design
  • Algebra
  • Engineering

Extra Curricular Activities:

  • Math Club
  • Engineer Club
  • Art Club

Work/Volunteer Experience:

  • Art Show


A reference is someone in your life that knows what your skills are and what your good at. These people can talk to your potential employers about why they should hire you because they already had experience working with you. Three possible references I could have are, my dad, my access teacher, and my uncle.

Post-Secondary Plans

College Options:

  • University of Southern California
  • Cornell University
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • Rhode island School of Design

I chose these because they each have very good architecture/design programs.

College majors:

  • 3D Modeling
  • Architectural Design
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • World Architecture

Training/Certificate programs:

  • At least a bachelors degree is required to be an entry level architect. Further education may be required to become a higher level architect.
  • Need experience with things such as drawing, math and being good with computers.

Internship/Apprenticeship Opportunities:

One good internship opportunity could be TSI because architects work with computers a lot so TSI could help them get better. You could also work for some other architect and help them with whatever they need.

I am an Architect