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Working As An Architect Assistant

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $86,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Architect Assistant Do

Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures.

Duties

Architects typically do the following:

  • Meet with clients to determine objectives and requirements for structures
  • Give preliminary estimates on cost and construction time
  • Prepare structure specifications
  • Direct workers who prepare drawings and documents
  • Prepare scaled drawings, either with computer software or by hand
  • Prepare contract documents for building contractors
  • Manage construction contracts
  • Visit worksites to ensure that construction adheres to architectural plans
  • Seek new work by marketing and giving presentations

People need places to live, work, play, learn, shop, and eat. Architects are responsible for designing these places. They work on public or private projects and design both indoor and outdoor spaces. Architects can be commissioned to design anything from a single room to an entire complex of buildings.

Architects discuss the objectives, requirements, and budget of a project with clients. In some cases, architects provide various predesign services, such as feasibility and environmental impact studies, site selection, cost analyses, and design requirements.

Architects develop final construction plans after discussing and agreeing on the initial proposal with clients. These plans show the building’s appearance and details of its construction. Accompanying these plans are drawings of the structural system; air-conditioning, heating, and ventilating systems; electrical systems; communications systems; and plumbing. Sometimes, landscape plans are included as well. In developing designs, architects must follow state and local building codes, zoning laws, fire regulations, and other ordinances, such as those requiring easy access to buildings for people who are disabled.

Computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) and building information modeling (BIM) have replaced traditional drafting paper and pencil as the most common methods for creating designs and construction drawings. However, hand-drawing skills are still required, especially during the conceptual stages of a project and when an architect is at a construction site.

As construction continues, architects may visit building sites to ensure that contractors follow the design, adhere to the schedule, use the specified materials, and meet work-quality standards. The job is not complete until all construction is finished, required tests are conducted, and construction costs are paid.

Architects may also help clients get construction bids, select contractors, and negotiate construction contracts.

Architects often collaborate with workers in related occupations, such as civil engineers, urban and regional planners, drafters, interior designers, and landscape architects.

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How To Become An Architect Assistant

There are typically three main steps to becoming a licensed architect: completing a professional degree in architecture, gaining relevant experience through a paid internship, and passing the Architect Registration Examination.

Education

In all states, earning a professional degree in architecture is typically the first step to becoming an architect. Most architects earn their professional degree through a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree program, intended for students with no previous architectural training. Many earn a master’s degree in architecture, which can take 1 to 5 years in addition to the time spent earning a bachelor’s degree. The amount of time required depends on the extent of the student’s previous education and training in architecture.

A typical bachelor’s degree program includes courses in architectural history and theory, building design with an emphasis on computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), structures, construction methods, professional practices, math, physical sciences, and liberal arts. Central to most architectural programs is the design studio, where students apply the skills and concepts learned in the classroom to create drawings and three-dimensional models of their designs.

Currently, 34 states require that architects hold a professional degree in architecture from one of the 123 schools of architecture accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). State licensing requirements can be found at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). In the states that do not have that requirement, applicants can become licensed with 8 to 13 years of related work experience in addition to a high school diploma. However, most architects in these states still obtain a professional degree in architecture.

Training

All state architectural registration boards require architecture graduates to complete a lengthy paid internship—generally 3 years of experience—before they may sit for the Architect Registration Examination. Most new graduates complete their training period by working at architectural firms through the Intern Development Program (IDP), a program run by NCARB that guides students through the internship process. Some states allow a portion of the training to occur in the offices of employers in related careers, such as engineers and general contractors. Architecture students who complete internships while still in school can count some of that time toward the 3-year training period.

Interns in architectural firms may help design part of a project. They may help prepare architectural documents and drawings, build models, and prepare construction drawings on CADD. Interns may also research building codes and write specifications for building materials, installation criteria, the quality of finishes, and other related details. Licensed architects will take the documents that interns produce, make edits to them, finalize plans, and then sign and seal the documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states and the District of Columbia require architects to be licensed. Licensing requirements typically include completing a professional degree in architecture, gaining relevant experience through a paid internship, and passing the Architect Registration Examination.

Most states also require some form of continuing education to keep a license, and some additional states are expected to adopt mandatory continuing education. Requirements vary by state but usually involve additional education through workshops, university classes, conferences, self-study courses, or other sources.

A growing number of architects voluntarily seek certification from NCARB. This certification makes it easier to become licensed across states, because it is the primary requirement for reciprocity of licensing among state boards that are NCARB members. In 2014, approximately one-third of all licensed architects had the certification.

Advancement

After many years of work experience, some architects advance to become architectural and engineering managers. These managers typically coordinate the activities of employees and may work on larger construction projects.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Architects must understand the content of designs and the context in which they were created. For example, architects must understand the locations of mechanical systems and how those systems affect building operations.

Communication skills. Architects share their ideas, both in oral presentations and in writing, with clients, other architects, and workers who help prepare drawings. Many also give presentations to explain their ideas and designs.

Creativity. Architects design the overall look of houses, buildings, and other structures. Therefore, the final product should be attractive and functional.

Organizational skills. Architects often manage contracts. Therefore, they must keep records related to the details of a project, including total cost, materials used, and progress.

Technical skills. Architects need to use CADD technology to create plans as part of building information modeling (BIM).

Visualization skills. Architects must be able to see how the parts of a structure relate to each other. They also must be able to visualize how the overall building will look once completed.

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Architect Assistant Career Paths

Architect Assistant
Project Coordinator Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Chief Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Project Manager Operations Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Designer Mechanical Designer Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Design Architect Project Architect Assistant Project Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager/Design Manager Creative Director Freelance Copywriter
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Architect Construction Manager Property Manager
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Architectural Designer Project Designer Project Engineer
Lead Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner
Owner/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Operations Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Project Architect Project Manager/Design Manager Construction Manager
Project Manager/Quality Control Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Estimator Office Administrator Project Assistant
Project Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Senior Designer Design Engineer
Senior Design Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Design Architect Design Manager Chief Engineer
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Designer Engineer Staff Engineer
Senior Staff Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Architectural Designer Structural Designer Project Engineer
Staff Engineer
5 Yearsyrs
Estimator Cost Engineer Quantity Surveyor
Survey Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Architect Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Architect Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

51.1%

Female

43.9%

Unknown

5.0%
Ethnicity

White

50.3%

Hispanic or Latino

22.3%

Asian

13.3%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.4%

Portuguese

4.2%

Chinese

4.2%

French

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

Italian

4.2%

Turkish

2.1%

Greek

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Mandarin

2.1%

Dari

2.1%

Persian

2.1%

Russian

2.1%

Polish

2.1%

Korean

2.1%
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Architect Assistant Education

Schools

University of Texas at Arlington

8.7%

Washington State University

6.5%

Savannah College of Art and Design

6.5%

University of Phoenix

6.5%

Florida International University

6.5%

University of Houston

4.3%

Specs Howard School of Media Arts

4.3%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

4.3%

Columbia College Chicago

4.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.3%

Full Sail University

4.3%

Webster University

4.3%

Trident Technical College

4.3%

University of California - Berkeley

4.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.3%

Lawrence Technological University

4.3%

Clemson University

4.3%

School of Visual Arts

4.3%

Auburn University

4.3%
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Majors

Architecture

31.8%

Interior Design

7.0%

Graphic Design

6.4%

Business

5.7%

Environmental Design

5.7%

Construction Management

5.7%

Landscape Architecture

5.1%

English

4.5%

Interior Architecture

3.8%

Architectural Technology

3.2%

Architectural Engineering

3.2%

Civil Engineering

3.2%

Fine Arts

2.5%

Urban Planning

2.5%

Drafting And Design

1.9%

Computer Science

1.9%

Environmental Science

1.9%

Architectural Engineering Technology

1.3%

Management

1.3%

Psychology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.1%

Masters

21.0%

Other

21.0%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

2.6%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.4%
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Real Architect Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Architect Assistant Part II F+P Architects New York Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 10, 2014 $69,472
Architect Assistant Avishay I. Mazor, P.E. New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $65,790
Architect Assistant Part II F+P Architects New York Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 10, 2014 $65,000
Architect's Assistant F+P Architects New York Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 13, 2012 $62,970 -
$65,000
Architect Assistant F+P Architects New York Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2014 $58,000
Architect Assistant F+P Architects New York Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2014 $56,000
Architect's Assistant F+P Architects New York Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2012 $50,000 -
$66,000
Architect's Assistant F+P Architects New York Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 01, 2012 $50,000 -
$66,000
Architect Assistant Murdock Solon Architects, P.C. New York, NY Sep 15, 2012 $47,736
Architect Assistant Robert Young Architect, PLLC New York, NY Sep 20, 2015 $47,653
Architect Assistant Avishay I. Mazor, P.E. New York, NY Aug 10, 2012 $41,782
Architect Assistant Avishay I. Mazor, P.E. New York, NY Dec 15, 2011 $41,642
Architect Assistant Robert Young Architect, PLLC New York, NY Sep 25, 2012 $41,642 -
$48,000
Architect Assistant Murdock Solon Architects, P.C. New York, NY May 15, 2011 $40,040
Architect Assistant Murdock Solon Architects, P.C. New York, NY May 31, 2011 $40,040
Architect Assistant Robert Young Architect, PLLC New York, NY Jul 01, 2012 $40,040
Architect Assistant Robert Young Architect, PLLC New York, NY Sep 20, 2012 $40,040

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR An Architect Assistant

Average Yearly Salary
$86,000
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$50,000
Min 10%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$146,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
CDM Smith
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does an Architect Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Architect Assistant in the United States is $86,315 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $146,000.

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Top Skills for An Architect Assistant

  1. Engineering Department
  2. CAD
  3. Architectural Drawings
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  • Design a recycling center from an architectural program -Prepare drawings for building construction utilizing Building Information Modeling, with software ArchiCAD
  • Maintained architectural drawings, documents and other related data in an organized manner.
  • Produced architectural drawings of traditional, modern, and country style residences (new construction and renovations).
  • Project management, budget estimate, tracking resources, preparing the periodical require reports and Following up the Quality procedure.
  • Organize descriptive memorials, contract documents and follow up meetings.

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  5. District of Columbia
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