Career outlook for architect
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would design new buildings so that people have practical, attractive, energy efficient and safe places in which to live and work
You might also restore old buildings so they can be used for a new purpose.
You'd be responsible for a building project from the earliest stages through to completion, including designing the land around the building.
You'd talk with clients about their needs and expectations and draw designs for them to see and approve.
Once you and your clients have agreed the design, you would:
- Produce a set of detailed technical plans using computer aided design software (CAD)
- Give the clients precise dimensions and materials of the design
- Work closely with contractors, engineers, surveyors, lawyers and planning departments
You'd manage the construction process and regularly inspect the construction work to check progress. You'd control the budget and deal with planning issues.
You'd work closely with other construction professionals to ensure the building meets safety standards, building regulations and planning laws. With national energy efficiency targets in place it will be important to design low carbon, energy efficient buildings.
On larger jobs, you're likely to be part of a team alongside other architects and architectural technicians or technologists.
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- Verbal communication
- Working with technology
- Working with numbers
- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Taking responsibility
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