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Working As A Consultant & Architect

  • 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

  • $103,178

    Average Salary

What Does A Consultant & Architect 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 A Consultant & Architect

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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Consultant & Architect Career Paths

Consultant & Architect
Senior Project Manager President And Founder Information Technology Manager
Corporate Information Technology Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Enterprise Architect Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Principal Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Architect And Developer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Architect Chief Technology Officer Senior Sales Engineer
Director Of Sales Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Architect Senior Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Information Technology Project Manager Enterprise Project Manager
Enterprise Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Architect And Developer Solutions Architect Information Technology Director
Executive Director, Information Technology
9 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Product Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Chief Information Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Enterprise Architect Senior Architect Senior Project Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Architect Chief Technology Officer Principal Consultant
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Architect Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Architect Senior Information Technology Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Solutions Architect Solutions Manager
Senior Solutions Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Architect Senior Project Manager Vice President, Technology
Vice President Technology Services
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Architect Manager 3.5 years
Senior Consultant 2.9 years
Architect 2.9 years
Senior Architect 2.8 years
Lead Architect 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 15.2%
Architect 11.6%
Developer 5.6%
Top Employers After
Architect 17.6%
Consultant 15.1%

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Consultant & Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

83.5%

Female

13.8%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

48.3%

Asian

22.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.0%

Arabic

15.0%

French

10.0%

Italian

10.0%

Amharic

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

Venetian

5.0%

Russian

5.0%
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Consultant & Architect Education

Schools

University of California - Berkeley

8.6%

Iowa State University

7.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.7%

Carnegie Mellon University

5.7%

More Tech Institute

5.7%

Ohio State University

5.7%

George Mason University

5.7%

Syracuse University

4.3%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.3%

South University

4.3%

Lamar University

4.3%

University of Phoenix

4.3%

Oklahoma State University

4.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.3%

George Washington University

4.3%

Lawrence Technological University

4.3%

Rhode Island School of Design

4.3%

University of Oklahoma

4.3%

University of Kansas

4.3%

University of Illinois University Administration

4.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

26.2%

Architecture

15.3%

Business

8.9%

Electrical Engineering

7.0%

Computer Engineering

6.4%

Computer Information Systems

5.1%

Information Systems

4.2%

Computer Applications

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Engineering

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Information Technology

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Civil Engineering

1.9%

Mathematics

1.6%

Economics

1.6%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Project Management

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.1%

Masters

33.7%

Other

15.6%

Diploma

2.6%

Doctorate

2.4%

Associate

1.9%

Certificate

1.7%
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Real Consultant & Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Consulting Architect Vmware, Inc. Cedarville, NJ Jan 24, 2011 $175,000
Consulting Architect ITG Software Solutions, Inc. Boston, MA Apr 02, 2012 $125,000
Consulting Architect ITG Software Solutions Inc. Culver City, CA Jan 03, 2016 $112,000
Consultant Architect Electronic Data Systems, LLC (Hp Enterprise SVCS.) Plano, TX Feb 02, 2010 $110,469 -
$170,500
Consulting Architect Active Endpoints, Inc. Laurel, MD Oct 26, 2012 $110,000
Consulting Architect (Software) ITG Software Solutions, Inc. Culver City, CA Jul 31, 2013 $109,000
Consulting Architect (Software Engineer) Vmware, Inc. NY May 21, 2010 $99,944 -
$149,916
Expert Consultant Cloud Architect Integration Technology Corp San Juan, PR Oct 24, 2014 $98,000
Consulting Architect (Computer) Openwave Systems, Inc. Brooksville, FL Apr 29, 2012 $89,003 -
$96,720
Tibco Consultant/Architect IBM India Private Limited Hoboken, NJ Nov 17, 2014 $88,708
Consulting Architect Openwave Systems, Inc. Brooksville, FL Jun 13, 2011 $86,907 -
$152,086
WMS Architect and Consultant Keystone Logic Inc. Duluth, GA Sep 13, 2013 $79,269
Architect Consultant (3D Rendering Specialist) Peter Marino Architects, PLLC New York, NY Nov 28, 2011 $75,000
SAS Architect/Consultant Squeeze Mobile, LLC New York, NY Nov 04, 2016 $72,000
SAS Architect/Consultant Squeeze Mobile, LLC Edison, NJ Mar 06, 2016 $72,000
Tibco Consultant Architect IBM India Private Limited Piscataway, NJ Jul 29, 2015 $70,304 -
$78,915
Architect Specialist Consultant CSC Consulting, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 12, 2013 $60,382
Architect Consultant Wahba F. Wahba Engineering, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 02, 2009 $58,645
Architect Consultant Sandstone Designs, Inc. Palmdale, CA Oct 02, 2009 $58,645

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  • Performed Load/Stress Tests large mission critical web sites/application using Mercury Load Runner.
  • Selected Accomplishments: - Develop strategy for delivering reference architecture High Availability and Disaster Recovery.
  • Revamped company's compliance (SOX), security, and patching policies and procedures relating to SQL Server.
  • Performed current state discovery, gap analysis, and future state strategic planning for business applications and operating infrastructure.
  • Recommended implementation of global data warehouse.

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