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How did you get your start doing Project Architect work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

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de in Houston, Texas

27 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing Project Architect work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

yes, a master's degree in architecture from an accredited progam (about 3 years of school) or a professional 5-year undergraduate degree plus a min. of 2 or 3 years (for u.g. degreed people) full-time work experience under direct supervision of a licensed architect. then yo must pass a multi-part national registration exam, which can be quite time-consuming and expensive.

most young non-licensed architect-interns work on construction documents using CAD software. as you move up in expereince you get exposed to more areas of project management and/or design. ontrary to popular belief, most architects have little to do with the project's design, which is usually handeled by a relatively few persons in the office. most offices need people to complete construction documents.

offices are now switching over to data-base design software, so called building information modeling packages (BIM). so a young architect these days is expected to be fairly familiar with a software package like autodesk Revit as well as a traditional drawing program like autoCAD.

i can't suggest one enter this field now unless you have an alternate way to earn a living. the recession that started in 2008 and still hasn't recovered in the construction industry put a lot of people in the field out of work. currently there are far too many people chasing down a very limited number of job opportunites.

the big picture: if you do do, it the best way to ensure getting a job at graduation is to get solid work experience in an office while you're still in school! this is the best time to start building professional connections and contacts in the field. offices usually need people who can start working with little to no training on their part.

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de in Houston, Texas

27 months ago

project architect is usually a fairly senior staff position. this person has to be quite familiar, not only with design and codes, but also project scheduling and managment. usually the project archtiect is licensed a an architect and may direct several licensed architects and non-licensed people too. the project architect may be expected to attend project meetings and be the representative for the firm. also, the project architect is usually held responsible for the project's progress, by being sure that all the related disciplines-engineers and other technical people-are all on on the same page. the project architect usually operates with a good degree of independence. thus, any delays or outstanding issues that arise on the project may be attributed to the project architect. an older name for the project architect that you may see now and then is 'job captain'.

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