Architect Job Description
What does a Architect do?
Architects plan and design structures such as office buildings, commercial buildings, factories, warehouses, private residences, resorts, or other structural properties. They can design new buildings or suggest renovations to existing buildings. Architects must be able to combine creativity with a practical understanding of structures and materials to develop concepts, specifications, and detailed drawings. They aim to design efficient, safe, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing buildings and other structures.
Duties and Tasks:
- Create a design brief by meeting and consulting with clients to discuss designs, specifications, and requirements
- Prepare sketches, production drawings, scale drawings, or architectural designs by hand or using computer-aided design (CAD) software
- Plan and/or design structures according to safety, environmental, or other regulations
- Obtain necessary approvals from authorities or other governing bodies
- Prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, equipment, cost estimates, construction time, etc.
- Conduct on-site observation during construction to monitor accuracy and compliance with plans and design
- Monitor and coordinate with specialists; including but not limited to electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, interior designers, landscape designers, etc.
- Negotiate with builders and planning authorities
- Computer aided design (CAD)
- Adept with graphics/imaging software such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Quark, etc
- Basic mathematical skills
- Aptitude for design and high creativity
- Excellent design and drafting skills
- Able to analyze problems
- Organizational, project management, planning skills
- Good communication skills - written and verbal
In the Philippines, graduates of BS Architecture need to pass the Architecture Licensure Examination (ALE) before he/she can practice as a Licensed Architect. The exam is scheduled twice a year (January and June).
Graduates must be registered and licensed with a Certificate of Registration and Professional Card issued by the Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture and the Professional Regulation Commission. Though not all job listings required a Licensed Architect, it serves as a big career advantage.