Career Description:

Building architects are licensed professionals who design structures and building for various uses. The include office and retail buildings. Besides the aesthetics, building architects have to consider an array of issues during the designing process like building codes, functionality, construction costs and safety regulations.

Building architects work in offices to develop building plans and consult with clients. They also have to visit the construction sites for monitoring the construction process.

How to become a building architect:

All building architects have to earn the Bachelor of Architecture from colleges that are affiliated to the National Architectural Accrediting Board. There are 117 universities and colleges in the US affiliated to the board. The engineering program usually takes three years for completion. Engineers can go for the M. Arch program.

Building architects must have a strong design sense and should be good at drawings. They must pay a patient ear to the needs of the client and should be open to alterations in the design.

Building architect career courses, training and programs:

All states require building architects to undergo an internship program that comprise practical training as per the guidelines of Intern Development Program. The program usually lasts for three years where the intern has to work under a registered architect.

Building architect career schools/colleges, education:

Aspiring building architects can choose science as a major in their high school this would give them a good idea about the calculations that they have to undertake in their professional life.

Top 5 colleges/universities:

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

University of Engineering and Architecture, Washington

Georgia Institute of Technology

Texas Technological University

Building architect job opportunities, salaries/pay:

With the construction space witnessing a boom again, the requirement for building architects is set to soar in the coming years. The average annual salary is around $56,750. Most building architects, however, work as independent professionals.