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The job of an architect is not only to design new structures, but to provide plans for altering existing buildings and restoring old properties. Projects may vary in size and scale, and architects are often required to be involved in a project from conception to completion. They work closely with clients to maximise ideas and budgets, and with contractors to make sure that the project meets all the required specifications
Attention to detail is vital for this line of work, which requires imagination, the ability to draw and visualise in 3D, and a passion for buildings. A degree from an accredited architectural school is also a prerequisite
Most architects are required to work normal office hours and some time is likely to be spent visiting sites. Good interpersonal skills are a necessity as it is important to be able to convey ideas to other professionals, including technicians, surveyors, engineers as well as clients
There are plenty of opportunities to move into other areas such as graphic and interior design. Salaries start at around £25,000 per year. Directors and partners may earn in excess of £100,000 per year.

Description

Architects are responsible for designing buildings and spaces that surround them. They work on construction projects from the beginning through completion and liaise with clients in order to know their needs and calculate how much money will require the project. They are also required to maintain and restore old buildings.

Architects usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Ensuring project is running within time frame.
• Teaming up with contractors.
• Attending meetings with clients.
• Advising people on their projects.
• Planning presentations.

Skills

• Having good drawing skills.
• Being able to supervise other workers.
• Having good written and spoken communication skills.
• Having math skills.
• Being to cope with criticism.
• Having commercial awareness.
• Being organised.
• Being able to work alone or with a team.
• Having a strong interest in buildings.
• Being creative.

Education

Architect jobs require applicants having a degree in architecture recognised by the Architects Registration Board and the Royal Institute of British Architects. These courses require five GCSE´s and two A levels/three H grades including English, Math, and a separate science subject. A BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Construction is another suitable academic qualification for this area.

People working on this area need to be registered with the Architects Registration Board. This institution requires a five-year study programme, the Royal Institute of British Architects part 3 Examination in Professional Practice and Management, and at least two years of training in an architect´s office.

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