What is an Architectural Designer?

An architectural designer is an artist who works with the client to design both the exterior and interior of buildings. Architectural designers design commercial and industrial buildings, as well as buildings intended for private home use.

What does an Architectural Designer do?

  • Consult with the client to discuss and finalise the building plans.
  • Assist the client in finding the best contractor.
  • Direct the preparation of blueprints, drawings and specifications.
  • Determine and document design, materials, colours, equipment and cost estimates.
  • Monitor the construction work to ensure compliance with the original plan

Here’s how to become an architectural designer:

  • Study a bachelor’s of arts degree.
  • Study for a master’s degree in architecture.
  • Learn and become proficient in Computer Aided Design (CAD).
  • Find out if you require any additional training in the field.
  • Apply for an internship after graduating.
  • Apply for a job with a firm or private practice.
  • Make and keep a portfolio of your designs.
  • Take continuing education courses.

WANT TO GET INTO ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN?

Fluent-ADS Director, Neville, shares his story and offers tips and advice on where to start.

“Like any industry there is no fixed path you have to take to becoming an Architectural Designer sometimes it comes down to what is right for you and in other cases it can just be a big dose of good luck.”

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