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What does a typical day as a architect like?

Asked Denison, Iowa

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Alice’s Answer


An architect's daily calendar is alway filled with meeting with clients and other stake holders (ie. CAD designer, BIM Modeller, engineer, etc). Architect tends to spend most of their time in designing and communicating ideas to client during the project initial stage. There will always be some conflict in design idea with client. For example : the client will expect the shower tap to face the other way but the infrastructure of the piping does not allow this to happen. Architect has to explain or redesign their drawing for client before they can deliver the project. Communication skill and people skill are essential skill an architect needs to do well in this field.

Michele’s Answer

Updated Piscataway Township, New Jersey

<span style="color: rgb(49, 49, 45);"> Most architects spend a great deal of time drafting building plans, researching zoning rules and legal documents, getting approval to build from government agencies, and designing small models of buildings. Architects also spend a great deal of time trying to sell their ideas to investors who have the ability to fund large-scale building projects. Many architects work long hours split among an office, construction work-sites and their home studios to meet important deadlines. </span>

andy’s Answer

Updated Jersey City, New Jersey

As a entry level architect you will be doing 90 percent drafting. Working with a project manager to meet deadlines as the project develops. I started off doing a lot of presentation work and making corrections to drawings with the project managers red lines. As you get older and more experience you will have to take on more management tasks of seeing a project through. This will take critical thinking, experience and coordination with consultants, clients and staff. Also look at job postings and they will tell you what they are looking for in a candidate. Hope that helps!

Carol’s Answer

Updated Alpharetta, Georgia

Hi Geoffery

While I have not recruited specifically for Architects, I have found that the best way to find out about any career is to go online and ask.


So, I went on Google and asked. From what I can see so far, an Architects day to day responsibilities can vary. While Architects design residential and commercial structures, they must also think about a building’s style, safety and sustainability to ensure it meets the needs of its occupants as well as the requirements of state and federal regulators. It involves a lot of client communication; understanding what they want and how much money they have to spend. Depending on the building the Architect might need to work with other engineers, urban planners, landscape architects, construction representatives and interior designers to start designing and drafting plans.


Architects may be required to provide predesign figures not just to their clients but to government agencies on such things as environmental impact or feasibility study, cost analysis and land-use study. Final construction plans are created by architects and used by builders as a step-by-step guide on how the look and details of the building will play out, including plumbing, communication and heating, electrical, ventilation and structural systems.

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Architects must follow building codes, fire regulations, zoning laws and city ordinances when creating their plans. For public buildings, architects must be aware of disabled access laws.

Today’s architects use a lot of technology. Architects must be trained and familiar with computer-aided drafting systems, building modeling and other relevant technologies. They must conceptualize and experiment with different construction approaches through software and must also be familiar with basic office software, such as word processing, spreadsheets and accounting.

There more is information out there that will tell you what people do in certain careers, other sites that might describe a typical day in the role, jobsites with openings and job descriptions as well as salary ranges for the positions, etc. YouTube may have videos explaining the same. If you look at multiple sites, look for consistencies in what they say. This should help you feel more comfortable that the information you are reading is accurate.


Hope this helps. Feel free to reach back out.



A Day in the Life of an Architect | Architecture vlog - YouTube

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C5vCGB8Xx0

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