Nowadays, in both develop countries and big countries have awesome building architectures for homes, shopping centers, offices, etc. The more beautiful the building, the more people will attracted. The building also becomes an icon for the owner. The architecture of the building can describe your taste or your prestige. Countries that have unique building architecture are often visited by the tourist. Now, building process is always held in those countries. They need architects to build a unique building but also suits with environment condition. That’s why a chance for career as an architect exists following with a good salary.
Career as an architect has a job description. It contains what the things that should an architect do. Generally architect has responsible starts from the planning, choosing materials used, and control the building process. Architect would keep in touch with the client and user to discuss about the design plan, adjust it with the budget, and ensure that the building will meet with client or user need. So, communication skills are really important here to bring a warm conversation with the client. Architect also has to ensure that the building will safe, economical, and functional.
To have the career as an architect, there are some requirements you should fulfill first. The basic requirement is about the knowledge you should have. You have to attend college or university and following the architecture programs that offered there. There are several professional degrees of architect and you have to earn one of them to become an architect.
If you are a student from the other discipline, you can take Master of Architecture program that would be completed in 3 or 4 years. If you are graduated from high school and do not have any architectural training before, you can take Bachelor of Architecture program that would be completed in 5 years. If you are undergraduate student who has been know about architectural or related area, you can take Master of Architecture program that would be completed in 2 years.
Educational requirement is not enough to get the career as an architect professionally. It is better if you have any practical experience while in school such as internship. If you are living in the United States, you need to get licensed. Beside earn an architect degree and have architectural training and internship, you also have to completing Architect Registration Examination (ARE). You also have to develop your soft skill such as communication skill, creativity, visualization skill, and think critically. Those soft skills are helping you to be a professional architect.
After you get career as an architect, you need to be focus on your projects. Work hours for an architect is not same with the other career which start at 9 a.m. and will be ended in 5 p.m. Architects is not just work in the office. They have to visit their project site to make a control of the building process. Sometimes, they also visit the client to make a discussion.