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How to become an architect
The need for shelter is one of the most fundamental requirements of existence. From before the time of the first pyramids and pagodas, architecture has played an integral part in the minds, spirits and lives of human civilization. Many societies have been remembered and understood solely on the basis of the structures they have left behind; for the dwellings that men make are the most enduring markers and reflections of their creators. Even today buildings reflect the character of their designers as well as that of their occupants. Whether it is a humble residential dwelling or a grand public edifice, few things affect the quality of our daily lives as deeply as the work of the architect.
Related Career Fields
• Architectural Engineering
• Interior Design
• Landscape Architecture
• Civil Engineering
• Building Construction
• Urban and Industrial Planning
• Marine/Naval Architecture
Architectural engineers work primarily with building systems and design structural, HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, and electrical systems.
Drafters prepare technical plans and drawings that are used to build structures; plans often include visual guidelines, dimension specifications, and other technical details.
Interior Design Interior designers are responsible for the aesthetic and function of interior spaces and often work closely with architects to achieve balance and beauty.
Landscape architects are concerned with the aesthetic of land and buildings, and design primarily for function, beauty, and compatibility with nature, taking into account climate, soil, drainage, light, and existing structures.
Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works such as bridges, roads, canals, dams and buildings.
Encompasses professions such as Building Services Engineer, Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor and Structural Engineer. Urban Planning Urban, city and town planning is the integration of the disciplines of land use planning and transport planning, to explore a very wide range of aspects of the built and social environments of urbanized municipalities and communities.
Marine or naval architects work with the design, construction, and repair of marine craft and other floating structures. They may research improvements to water movement and speed and design cargo space and other ship accommodations.