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How to Get a Job as an Architect

Because architects interact with a wide-ranging group of people on each project, knowing how to interact with others and be an effective team member is a must. "You need to show that you work well in teams – especially with people different than you are," Richard L. Hayes, director of knowledge resources for The American Institute of Architects, wrote in an email. According to Hayes, demonstrating that you "can think about the best path through a complex problem" is another important element to getting a job in the field. Health care architecture, such as designing healthy communities and buildings, is a growing area of specialization that Hayes recommends for aspiring architects.

Interview Questions Submitted by Real Architects

"Explain your design philosophy and what influenced your approach." - Callison Architecture Architect Candidate (Location Unknown)

"Who is your favorite architect?" - DBI Architects Architectural Designer Candidate (Washington, DC)

"What's the most successful design you made?" - Gensler Architectural Designer Candidate (Location Unknown)

Job Satisfaction

Upward Mobility fair Average
Stress Level poor Above Average
Flexibility fair Average

What is the Job Like?

Architects spend most of their time drafting plans or corresponding with clients from comfortable office spaces, but they also frequently visit construction sites to check on the progress of projects. Successful architects are able to juggle a number of professional relationships for each project while still completing other job responsibilities. Most architects work less than 50 hours per week, but as deadlines approach, many are forced to work long nights or weekends to finish in time.

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