Career Description:

Building designer, like architects, create designs for new building and also for remodeling projects that comply with the building codes and also meet the specifications as well as the demands of the clients. They are also often called as residential designers because they specialize in residential remodeling.

Building designers aren’t registered architects but they share the same qualifications and skills. Many building designers venture into light commercial building projects that don’t require official credentials of architects.

How to become a building designer:

Building designers have to complete a two-year associate degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree in architecture. Subjects include construction, physical sciences, mathematics, commercial and residential designs and importance on computer aided designing and drafting.

A building designer should be able to resolve complex problems and also work within the limitations and parameters of a budget while translating the ideas of the client to a tangible product. They must be able to communicate seamlessly among the members of the group.

Building Designer career courses, training and programs:

Building designers must have a license to practice their profession. The licensing process begins with the bachelor’s degree or a civil engineering degree. The course involves studies in geotechnical engineering, fluid mechanics and structural analysis.

Building designer career schools/colleges, education:

High school students can consider advanced mathematics and science classes for preparing for a career of building designer. Building planners would require an engineering degree.

Top 5 colleges/universities:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Georgia Institute of Technology

Boston University

Indiana University, Bloomington

Building Designer job opportunities, salaries/pay:

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted the demand for building designers is expected to grow by 24 per cent in the years ahead with the construction and infrastructure sector witnessing revival, job opportunities would also increase. The average annual salary of building designers is around $46,490.