Architects design buildings and other structures, and the spaces around them.

In addition to considering the way these buildings and structures look, they also make sure they are functional, safe, economical and suit the needs of the people who use them.

They also work on the restoration and conservation of existing buildings. They manage the construction process, control budgets and deal with planning issues.

You will also need good computer aided design skills and the ability to work closely with other construction professionals.

Earning a professional degree in architecture is the typical path to becoming an architect. Most architects earn their professional degree through a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree program, intended for students with no previous architectural training. Many earn a master's degree in architecture, which can take 1 to 5 years to complete, depending on the extent of the student's previous training in architecture.

A typical program includes courses in architectural history and theory, building design with an emphasis on computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), structures, technology, construction methods, professional practices, math, physical sciences, and liberal arts. Central to most architectural programs is the design studio, where students apply the skills and concepts learned in the classroom to create drawings and three-dimensional models of their designs.


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