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Building a Career With a Degree in Architecture

Posted on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 at 7:00 am    

What do you think of when you are given the word ‘architect’? Someone who draws buildings, sketches offices, plans the design and has a say in the materials perhaps. The last one is more of an estimator’s job. The field of architecture has undergone a lot of development in the recent years. This has led to the start of many interesting and diversified job opportunities for architecture students. If you are a student of architecture, you must be aware of how the subject teaches you to develop your creative, visual, design and technical skills. Architecture recruiters in Texas look for such qualities and more for job positions such as:

  • Architect
  • Interior Designer
  • Spatial Designer
  • Architectural Technologist
  • Building Surveyor
  • Higher Education Construction Lecturer
  • Building Inspector
  • Landscape Architect
  • Town Planner
  • Structural Engineer
  • Planning Surveyor
  • Development Surveyor

What you should consider is which area interests you the most. For a successful application of construction jobs in Texas, you need to have some work experience in addition to your professional degree. This will help you narrow the area you want to work in the future. Approach architecture firms or start your search with architecture recruiters Texas for an internship in a firm. If you want a more diverse experience, keep your options open so you can secure construction related work.

Architecture students typically find employment in the public sector. Examples include local authorities and housing cooperatives. There are also architectural firms and larger corporations where there is a separate, in-house architecture section. Because real estate has recently boomed after the recession, architects may find employment in real estate firms as well.

As an architect you need to have the following qualities. You must showcase these during your interview and on your resume:

  • Being good with numbers
  • Skill in drawing and designing
  • Skills in Computer-aided Design (CAD) and other IT aspects
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to solve problems in a logical and swift manner
  • A team work mentality
  • Good communication skills – both written and oral
  • Patience and ability to conduct accurate research
  • Ability to make fast and accurate decisions using logic and knowledge
  • Adaptability to unforeseen situations and flexibility to go with what is at hand
  • Ability to criticise and reflect upon your own performance