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The role of an architect is to assist individuals and organizations in the planning and design of construction projects. An architect works with clients to determine their needs and to design a structure that will be functional, safe, and within project parameters. Additionally, architects may be involved in the supervision of construction as well as the inspection
of the completed project.


A person working in the field of architecture should possess the following qualities and skills:

  • Artistic ability
  • Creativity
  • Computer literacy
  • Supervisory skills
  • Financial management skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Understanding of spatial relationships
  • Ability to visually communicate ideas
  • Ability to work independently or with a team

Career Opportunities

An architect may work in any of these capacities:

  • Architectural, engineering or drafting services
  • Residential and nonresidential building construction
  • Community planning and housing for government agencies
  • Self-employment
  • Related Field
  • Construction managers, landscape architects, civil engineers, urban and regional planners and designers


There are three steps to becoming a licensed architect:

  • Complete a professional degree in architecture
  • Complete three years of practical training (job or internship)
  • Pass all sections of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

Core Architecture courses that may be helpful in pursuing the major**:

  • Introduction to Drawing
  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Survey of Art
  • Physics
  • Pre-Calculus

**Specific architecture requirements will vary depending on the baccalaureate granting institution.

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