What Does an Architect Do?


Architects design all kinds of buildings and dwellings. They design schools,  high rises, hospitals and hotels/motels,  churches, commercial shopping centers, malls,  houses and the list goes on.  Any building that is used by people was probably designed an architect at some point.  Architects are creative individuals that have gone through years of education and continuing education to maintain their status and license requirements.  According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) there are currently around 100,000 licensed architects in the United States. Architects design and plan spaces with consideration for looks (aesthetics), safety and accessibility, functionality for the client, cost, and specifying (the “specs”) construction materials and processes that do not destroy the environment (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). They manage the building project (large projects will have both a design architect and a project manager architect), and most importantly they communicate ideas to make sure the project turns our the way it was designed to.

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