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People need places in which to live, work, play, learn, worship, meet, govern, shop and eat. Architects are responsible for designing these places, whether they are private or public; indoors or out; rooms, buildings, or complexes. Architects are licensed professionals trained in the art and science of building design who develop the concepts for structures and turn those concepts into images and plans.
Architects create the overall look of buildings and other structures, but the design of a building involves far more than its appearance. Buildings also must be functional, safe, and economical and must suit the needs of the people who use them. Architects consider all of these factors when they design buildings and other structures.
|Architectural Engineer*||Environmental Engineer*||Production Designer|
|Architectural Historian||Facility Manager||Project Manager*|
|Architectural Writer/ Journalist||Illustrator||Real Estate Appraiser*|
|Art Director||Industrial Designer||Set Designer|
|Building Contractor||Industrial Engineer*||Surveyor|
|Building Designer||Interior Designer*/ Decorator||Teacher/Professor*|
|Building Inspector||Landscape Architect*||Urban/ Regional Planner|
|Civil Engineer*||Mechanical Engineer*|
Positions that require additional education, training and/or licensing are indicated by a (*). All states and the District of Columbia require architects to be licensed. Licensing requirements include a professional degree in architecture, a period of practical training or internship, and a passing score on all parts of 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, formal university classes, conferences, self-study courses, or other sources. (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)
Job qualifications are based not only on degree program, but on skills and experience. Students should seek out as many experiential opportunities in their fields of interest as possible, including Co-op and internships.
|Architecture Firms||Individual Homeowners|
|Design Firms||Preservation and Restoration Firms|
|Engineering Firms||Real Estate Developers|
|Facilities Management Companies||Research Institutions|
|Federal, Local and State Government||Transportation Companies|
|Historic Preservation Society||Universities and Colleges|
As part of the process of becoming a licensed architect students follow:
For more information, please visit the department’s website.
Students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies may click here for co-op and internship information.
The following resources include various websites and campus resources that will aid you in exploring this career field and industry.
Also see these Career Development videos:
Find valuable industry information, job sites, and professionals in the field you may contact for informational interview requests and networking opportunities.
Sample LinkedIn.com Groups providing resources such as industry trends, company information, job listings, and networking opportunities within the field: