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Become An Architectural Project Manager

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Working As An Architectural Project Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Getting Information
  • $64,718

    Average Salary

What Does An Architectural Project Manager Do

An Architectural Project Manager supervises all aspects of the design and construction process of a building project. They visit construction sites to provide recommendations and perform site inspections.

How To Become An Architectural Project Manager

Large construction firms increasingly prefer candidates with both construction experience and a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field. While some individuals with a high school diploma and many years of experience in a construction trade may be hired as construction managers, these individuals are typically qualified to become self-employed general contractors.

Education

It is becoming increasingly important for construction managers to have a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, architecture, or engineering. As construction processes become more complex, employers are placing greater importance on specialized education.

More than 100 colleges and universities offer accredited bachelor’s degree programs in construction science, building science, or construction engineering. These programs include courses in project control and management, design, construction methods and materials, cost estimation, building codes and standards, and contract administration. Courses in mathematics and statistics are also relevant.

More than fifty 2-year colleges offer construction management or construction technology programs. An associate’s degree combined with work experience is typical for managers who supervise smaller projects.  

A few universities offer master’s degree programs in construction management.

Those with a high school diploma and several years of relevant work experience may qualify to become a construction manager, although most are qualified to become self-employed general contractors.

Training

New construction managers are typically hired as assistants and work under the guidance of an experienced manager. This training period may last several months to several years, depending on the firm.

Work Experience

If the typical education is not obtained, practical construction experience is important for jobseekers, because it reduces the need for initial on-the-job training. Internships, cooperative education programs, and previous work in the construction industry can provide that experience. Some construction managers become qualified solely through extensive construction experience, spending many years in carpentry, masonry, or other construction specialties.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification is becoming increasingly important for construction managers. Certification is valuable because it can demonstrate knowledge and experience.

The Construction Management Association of America awards the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) designation to workers who have the required experience and who pass a technical exam. It is recommended that applicants for this certification complete a self-study course that covers the professional role of a construction manager, legal issues, the allocation of risk, and other topics related to construction management.

The American Institute of Constructors awards the Associate Constructor (AC) and Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) designations to candidates who meet its requirements and pass the appropriate construction exams.

Some states require licensure for construction managers. For more information, contact your state licensing board.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Most managers plan a project strategy, handle unexpected issues and delays, and solve problems that arise over the course of the project. In addition, many managers use cost-estimating and planning software to determine costs and the materials and time required to complete projects.

Business skills. Construction managers address budget matters and coordinate and supervise workers. Choosing competent staff and establishing good working relationships with them is critical.

Customer-service skills. Construction managers are in constant contact with owners, inspectors, and the public. They must form good working relationships with these people and ensure their needs are met.

Decisionmaking skills. Construction managers choose personnel and subcontractors for specific tasks and jobs. Often, these choices must be made quickly to meet deadlines and budgets.

Initiative. Self-employed construction managers generate their business opportunities and must be proactive in finding new clients. They often market their services and bid on jobs, and they must also learn to perform special home improvement projects, such as installing mosaic glass tiles, sanding wood floors, and insulating homes.

Leadership skills. Managers must effectively delegate tasks to construction workers, subcontractors, and other lower level managers.

Speaking skills. Managers must give clear orders, explain complex information to construction workers and clients, and discuss technical details with other building specialists, such as architects. Self-employed construction managers must get their own projects, so the need to sell their services to potential clients is critical.

Technical skills. Managers must know construction methods and technologies, and must be able to interpret contracts and technical drawings.

Time-management skills. Construction managers must meet deadlines. They ensure that construction phases are completed on time so that the next phase can begin as scheduled. For instance, a building’s foundation cannot be constructed until the land is completely excavated.

Writing skills. Construction managers must write proposals, plans, and budgets, as well as document the progress of the work for clients and others involved in the building process.

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Architectural Project Manager Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    77.4%
  • Female

    20.2%
  • Unknown

    2.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    75.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.9%
  • Asian

    10.7%
  • Unknown

    1.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    41.7%
  • German

    12.5%
  • Portuguese

    8.3%
  • Italian

    8.3%
  • Hawaiian

    4.2%
  • Vietnamese

    4.2%
  • Japanese

    4.2%
  • French

    4.2%
  • Dakota

    4.2%
  • Polish

    4.2%
  • Arabic

    4.2%
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Real Architectural Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cognos Architecture Manager W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd. White Plains, NY Jul 07, 2016 $155,000
Cognos Architecture Manager W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd. Stamford, CT Feb 05, 2016 $155,000
Architecture Manager Via Alliance Technology, Inc. Fremont, CA May 25, 2016 $143,000
Architecture Manager Via Alliance Technology, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 01, 2014 $143,000
Architecture Manager Cigna HLIC Bloomfield, CT Mar 06, 2015 $142,166
Architecture Manager Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Windsor, CT Feb 11, 2016 $140,000
Manager, Application Architecture Deloitte Services LP Dallas, TX Apr 05, 2016 $138,300 -
$145,000
Cognos Architecture Manager W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd. White Plains, NY Nov 28, 2014 $136,414
Architecture Manager Cigna HLIC Windsor, CT Feb 23, 2015 $135,000
Architecture Manager Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Windsor, CT Dec 09, 2016 $132,200
Architecture Manager Cigna HLIC Windsor, CT Sep 29, 2014 $130,000
Cognos Architecture Manager W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd. White Plains, NY Nov 28, 2014 $128,692
Manager, Application Architecture Deloitte Services LP TN Sep 12, 2016 $128,398 -
$131,398
Manager, Applications Architecture Deloitte Services LP TN May 31, 2015 $110,000
Manager Application Architecture Deloitte Services LP TN Aug 04, 2014 $108,500
Manager, Application Architecture Deloitte Services LP TN Sep 22, 2014 $108,500
Manager, Application Architecture Deloitte Services LP Dallas, TX Oct 06, 2014 $108,100
Architectural Manager United Real Estate Development, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 28, 2016 $105,686
Architectural Manager United Real Estate Development, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 21, 2016 $105,686
Architectural Manager United Real Estate Development, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 25, 2016 $105,686
Manager, Application Architecture Deloitte Services LP Chicago, IL Feb 12, 2016 $105,500
Architectural Project Manager Village Builders, LLC Hyde Park, UT Sep 07, 2015 $75,000
Architectural Project Manager Oaklander, Coogan & Vitto Architects, P.C. New York, NY Sep 14, 2013 $74,880
Manager, Application Architecture Deloitte Services LP TN Apr 09, 2016 $73,965
Architectural Project Manager Quality Kitchen Fabricators Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 23, 2013 $72,996
Architectural Project Manager 1 D. Reis Furniture Manufacturing Corp Mineola, NY Jan 03, 2013 $72,779
Architectural Project Manager Callison LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2014 $72,400 -
$116,000
Architectural Project Staff PGN Architects, Pllc Washington, DC Aug 05, 2015 $71,698
Architectural Project Manager RXR Construction and Development LLC New York, NY Nov 21, 2013 $70,000

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Top Skills for An Architectural Project Manager

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Top Architectural Project Manager Skills

  1. Architectural Project
  2. Final Construction Documents
  3. Autocad Release
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Serve as Architectural Project Manager for State and Federal construction projects.
  • Managed all architectural and engineering project management related activities for architectural/engineering and construction projects throughout the U.S.A. and Asia.
  • Assisted in business development, client contact and preparation of proposals for new projects.
  • Project management and construction administration services as a consultant and representing various property owners, through design and/or construction projects.
  • Perform execution of all contract documents including specifications, and construction project management.

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