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What does a Architect do?

Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.

What are the Main Tasks of a Architect?

  • Consult with clients to determine functional or spatial requirements of structures.
  • Prepare scale drawings.
  • Plan layout of project.
  • Prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, equipment, estimated costs, or construction time.
  • Integrate engineering elements into unified architectural designs.
  • Prepare contract documents for building contractors.
  • Direct activities of workers engaged in preparing drawings and specification documents.
  • Conduct periodic on-site observation of work during construction to monitor compliance with plans.
  • Seek new work opportunities through marketing, writing proposals, or giving presentations.
  • Administer construction contracts.
  • Represent clients in obtaining bids or awarding construction contracts.
  • Prepare operating and maintenance manuals, studies, or reports.
  • Calculate potential energy savings by comparing estimated energy consumption of proposed design to baseline standards.
  • Design environmentally sound structural upgrades to existing buildings, such as natural lighting systems, green roofs, or rainwater collection systems.
  • Design or plan construction of green building projects to minimize adverse environmental impact or conserve energy.
  • Design structures that incorporate environmentally friendly building practices or concepts, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
  • Gather information related to projects' environmental sustainability.
  • Perform predesign services, such as feasibility or environmental impact studies.
  • Plan or design structures such as residences, office buildings, theatres, factories, or other structural properties in accordance with environmental, safety, or other regulations.
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