Architects use creativity and a practical understanding of structures and materials to develop concepts, plans, specifications and detailed drawings for buildings and other structures. They negotiate with builders and planning authorities, administer building contracts and inspect work that has been carried out.
Duties & Tasks
Architects may perform the following tasks:meet with clients or builders to discuss their requirements and prepare a design briefprepare sketches, production drawings and detailed drawings by hand or using computer-aided design (CAD) softwarecombine structural, mechanical and artistic elements into a building's design, such as decks and atriums, lifts, air conditioning systems and decorative finishesdiscuss designs and cost estimates with clients and others involved in the project, including engineers, quantity surveyors, landscape architects, and urban and regional plannersobtain necessary approvals from authoritiesprepare specifications and contract documents for builders, tradespeople and legal advisers, specifying building materials, construction equipment and, in some cases, the interior furnishingsobserve, inspect and monitor building work to ensure it is progressing according to the contract and specificationsevaluate projects once they are completed and occupied.
Architects may also be involved in project feasibility studies, strategic asset investigations, heritage studies, urban planning, interior design or landscape design.
- aptitude for design creativity able to analyse problems logically good communication skills.