A R C H I T E C T
Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures. 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.
Earning potential for Minnesota:
$30,61 to $50.18 per hour
$63,668 to $104,374 annually
- Architects often manage contracts. Therefore, they must keep records related to the details of a project, including total cost, materials used, and progress.
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.
Architects need to use computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) technology to create plans as part of building information modeling (BIM).
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.
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.
Architects design the overall look of houses, buildings, and other structures. Therefore, the final product should be attractive and functional.