Introduction to Engineering & Architecture Studies:
Architecture studies involve the overall design of homes, buildings, and other structures. Their work blends aesthetics, client needs, building or zoning restrictions, factors of geography and climate, and budget constraints. Many architects specialize in particular kinds of structures – for instance, custom homes, public use (such as churches, schools, or recreation centers), or sustainably-built environments – while some others may work exclusively with homeowners or city agencies.
Where an Education in Engineering & Architecture Can Lead You:
Professional architects in the U.S. must have degrees from architecture schools, either through a professional 5-year bachelor’s degree program, or with a four-year degree in another field along with a master’s degree in architecture studies. Studies generally include physical science, math, and liberal arts, as well as architectural theory and history, building design and computer-assisted drafting (CAD), construction methods, structural design, and building materials. You must then earn professional experience, usually three years, in the field. Finally, you must pass a series of nine tests as part of the Architect Registration Examination, in order to earn an architecture license.
Once licensed, you could work for an urban planning, architecture, or engineering firm; real estate developer or builder; or construction firm. Or you could go into business for yourself! The retirement of the baby boomer population, placing demands housing, as well as an increasing demand for sustainable or environmentally friendly designs, spurring demands for retrofits or new construction, are expected to cause architecture jobs to grow faster than the average, at a rate of 16 percent, between 2008 and 2018. In May 2009, the median annual wage for architects was $68,790.
Professional architects in the U.S. must have degrees from architect design schools, either through a professional 5-year bachelor’s degree program, or with a four-year degree in another field along with a master’s degree in architecture studies.
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