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Do you love to think about the space you live in? Architects design the overall look and function of buildings using art and science. They work with individuals or companies to create public or private structures and spaces.

People need places in which to live, work, play, learn, worship, meet, govern, shop and eat. These places may be private or public; indoors or out; rooms, buildings, or complexes, and together comprise neighborhoods, towns, suburbs and cities. Architects are licensed professionals trained who design buildings and other structures. The design of a building involves far more than its appearance. Buildings must be functional, safe, and economical, and must suit the needs of the people who use them. Architects take all these things into consideration when they design buildings and other structures.

Here are some examples of projects that an architect might work on:

  • designing a new museum that is intended to teach visitors a new way of looking at art
  • developing a plan for the expansion of a mall in a way that avoids damaging the local ecosystem
  • work with a family to design their dream home

Education Required: Architects must have, at a minimum, college-level training in architecture. Most architects choose between a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture program and post-professional degree designed for people who already have a bachelor's degree in another area. The 5-year college degree in architecture offers the fastest route to the profession, but courses are specialized and, if the student does not complete the program, transferring to a non-architectural program may be difficult. After completing a degree, architects must obtain a license. All States require individuals to be licensed (registered) before they may practice.

Work Environment: Architects usually work in a comfortable environment. Most of their time is spent in offices consulting with clients, developing reports and drawings, and working with other architects and engineers. Some travel is required, as they often visit construction sites to review the progress of projects. Architects often work longer hours than people in other professions, working nights and weekends to meet deadlines.

For more information:

American Institute of Architects -

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards -

ArchKIDecture -