What Do Architects Do?
By reading the title of this article, do you have a general idea of what they do? Well, for you to know exactly what their job description is, I want to first discuss what architects are.
Basically, they are licensed professions that are trained in the field of science of the design, as well as incorporating artistic measures in the construction of buildings and structures. Such buildings would primarily provide shelter, though they can create parks and monuments as well, as part of a cultural piece.
The architect will make designers that cover not only the aesthetic aspects of the building, but they also ensure that it is functional, safe, economical, and must suit the requirements that are needed by their clients. Lastly, their buildings should be constructed with the public’s health and safety in mind.
Architects are required to get a license in their state or country before they can engage in practice. Furthermore, they typically work in architecture firms, but they can also work as independent architects if they desire.
So, let’s circle back to the original question, what do architects do?
What They Do
To be honest, there is no one size fits all approach to answering that question. That is because the field of architecture is actually a diverse one and giving you a basic description will not do the course justice. However, I can safely say that they create designers for buildings, but it also entails a lot of things too.
First, I want to say that most architects work in an architecture company. In fact, according to a study that was published by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), about 79% of architects work in firms- most of them work in a company that has 9 or few workers. A measly 2% of the population (in the study, at least) work in firms that house more than 100 or more employees.
Why am I saying this? Well, that is because if you do indeed pursue a career as an architect, most of the time, you will be working in relatively small firms.
What Programs Do Architects Use?
Back in the day, an architect would have to rely on creating blueprints the old-fashioned way but drawing it by hand. However, we now live in a more technologically advanced world, which is why architects use computer programs in making their designs.
Here are the most common computer programs that architects use today:
- Revit (BIM)- BIM is an acronym that stands for Building Information Modeling and it basically means that an architect uses a computer program to create 3D models of a building. They can also use the same program to slice the different sections of the structure to help create 2D plans of those sections. Revit is the most common BIM program used today.
- AutoCAD- This used to be the gold standard when it comes to creating building plans through the use of computer software, but this has been outdated in favor of BIM. Still, some architects use this because it helps them make 2D drawings of buildings.
- Adobe Photoshop- Although not exactly a program that architects can use to create building plans, it is still an invaluable part of their toolkit as it helps them create life-like structures that they can show to their clients so that they can decide what to do moving forward.