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Become A Design Architect

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Working As A Design 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

  • $55,824

    Average Salary

What Does A Design Architect Do

A Design Architect plans and designs buildings and other structures under the supervision of a senior architect. They use computer design software programs to craft various sketches or blueprints.

How To Become A Design 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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Real Design Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Design Architect Amdocs Inc. Herndon, VA Aug 28, 2015 $196,000
Business Function Design Architect Accenture LLP Florham Park, NJ Feb 11, 2015 $162,218
Business Database Design Architect Teradata Operations, Inc. Huntersville, NC Sep 28, 2015 $137,018
Systems Designer/Architect Teksystems, Inc. Bloomington, IL Mar 01, 2013 $132,629
Architect, Solution Design-Java/J2Ee Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Jan 05, 2015 $130,000
Mobility Design/Platform Architect Continental Tire The Americas, LLC Fort Mill, SC Apr 04, 2016 $127,500 -
$133,812
Systems Designer/Architect Teksystems, Inc. Bloomington, IL Mar 01, 2013 $126,326
Sharepoint Design Architect Alexander Open Systems Inc. Overland Park, KS Sep 23, 2013 $125,000
Sharepoint Design Architect Alexander Open Systems Inc. Overland Park, KS Dec 09, 2013 $125,000
Mobility Designer & Architect Continental Tire The Americas LLC Fort Mill, SC Aug 01, 2014 $125,000 -
$161,400
Architect, Solution Design Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Jan 23, 2015 $120,000
Architect, Solution Design Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Apr 06, 2015 $120,000
Sharepoint Design Architect Alexander Open Systems Inc. Fenton, MO Sep 23, 2016 $120,000 -
$125,000
Architect, Solution Design Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Dec 16, 2013 $120,000
Senior Design Architect BBG Technical Services, Inc. New York, NY Nov 01, 2013 $83,387 -
$100,000
Architect/Designer NBBJ LP Boston, MA Nov 19, 2015 $82,430
Design Architect Case Design Inc. New York, NY Oct 22, 2014 $80,370
Rules Architect/Designer Lead Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc. Baltimore, MD Aug 19, 2013 $79,789
Designer-Architect Ethelind Coblin Architect, PC New York, NY Sep 29, 2016 $78,000
Design Architect Case Design Inc. New York, NY Sep 12, 2013 $76,000
Design Architect We Work Management LLC New York, NY Aug 31, 2015 $76,000
Junior Design Architect Zimmerman Workshop New York, NY Nov 15, 2015 $64,000
Design Architect Consultant Delta System & Software, Inc. Frisco, TX Aug 19, 2015 $64,000
System Design Architect L&T Technology Services Limited Irvine, CA Sep 10, 2015 $63,900
System Design Architect L&T Technology Services Limited Phoenix, AZ Mar 05, 2016 $63,000 -
$73,000
Design Architect 3 Klingstubbins LLP Cambridge, MA Dec 18, 2015 $62,274
Architect/Designer One Tomato, LLC Miami, FL Apr 09, 2016 $62,000
Design Architect Consultant Delta System & Software, Inc. Washington, DC Dec 30, 2014 $62,000
Design Architect Consultant Delta System & Software, Inc. Washington, DC Dec 22, 2014 $62,000

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Top Skills for A Design Architect

ArchitecturalDesignCADDataCentersWebConstructionDocumentsDesignDevelopmentPl/SqlCustomSchematicDesignWindowsDesignConceptsProjectManagementBusinessRequirementsVmwareLinuxScopeFacilitySpacePlanningConstructionAdministrationInternet

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Top Design Architect Skills

  1. Architectural Design
  2. CAD
  3. Data Centers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supervised and coordinated preparation of all phases of architectural design on assigned projects.
  • Provided AutoCAD designs for several home additions, and kitchen remodeling projects.
  • Functioned as Lead Design Architect Objective, to consolidate and migrate15 data centers, systems and applications.
  • Position responsibilities: The Java Developer creates and supports Web-based Java applications, Web services and Web interfaces.
  • Worked as a lead architect to develop construction documents for the renovation of existing Marietta City Hall Building.

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