Understanding the Architecture Profession

May 10, 2017 WorldMaster



It is no big secret that architects are good artists. Part of the rigorous training in architecture is manual drafting, perspective drawing and rendering in poster color, water color and mixed media.

Having good drawings skills is one of the requirements for architecture. It is also one of the most integral skills in the practice of architecture. While it is necessary, it is also possible to practice architecture without ever having to prove your drawing prowess. There are other fields of specialization for architects such as construction and 3D Visualization. In 3D Visualization, software enable people to create the drawings normally done by hand.

Indeed the profession of architecture has progressed into a wide field of specialization. While it is possible to maintain proficiency in all fields, the global practice is encouraging specialization in a specific field. The list below outlines the specific tracks or expertise in the practice of architecture:

  1. Architecture Design

This professional track is the most basic in the architect’s practice. This involves meeting with the client and developing architecture research and drawings studies to create building plans for a building or structure.

  1. Architecture Construction Management

Architecture Construction Management offers the planning, budgeting and scheduling of work during construction. It is the second most common work for an architect. The architect can work in two ways:

He acts as an Architect and intermediary between the client and the Constuction team.

He assumes the both Architect and Construction Manager Role in the site.

Architecture Interiors

This professional track is similar to Architecture Design but is focused on the spaces inside the building and the surrounding spaces.

  1. Architecture Planning

Architecture Planning and Urban Design involves planning beyond the level of building. City and Town Planning is similar to designing a building but in a bigger scale – designing components of and, at times, whole cities!

  1. Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture is a specialization that focuses on the interaction of the building with the surrounding plants and environment. It also deals with the science and aesthetics of choosing the hardscape and softcscape in the landscape design.

  1. Architecture Lighting

With the deepening technology in energy efficiency, productivity science and lighting technology, architecture lighting specializes in developing the optimal work production and human comfort levels inside the building using light.

  1. Architecture Acoustics

Architecture acoustics is a specialization  that focuses on complex buildings requiring scientific application of acoustics. Typical for this service are building typlologies such as stadia, coliseum, concert hall, conference halls, music festival, cinemas, convention centers and schools.

  1. Architecture Consultancy

Architecture Consultancy involves a deeper knowledge in architecture offering expertise in a specific building type in their design and construction. Small Architect practices employ Consultants to be able to use their extensive knowledge in the design of a complex building which require deeper experience and technological knowledge.

  1. Building Material and Cost Estimates

Building assessment and cost estimates are specialized building professionals who are familiar with both the construction and the current values and sourcing of materials in a certain location. Their expertise allows for a detailed assessment close to the actual building costs.

  1. 3D Visualization and Presentation

With the decreasing cost and increasing availability of software, a new career track for architecture consultants would be that of an Architecture 3D Visualizer. This career group also includes Architecture Model Builders, 3D Walkthrough Presentation and Manual Renderers.

  1. Architecture Education Track

This architecture career track is probably the most important of all the careers in architecture. This includes lecturers, researchers, writers and university professors.

The architect is a professional with a good foundation of many fields to be able to deliver an architecture design or planning of a building as part of his services. Due to the extensive technical knowledge that is required to succeed, it is well fitting to treat them professionally for their work.


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