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What is the best part of the career? #architect

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Syed’s Answer

Hi Leah,

Grew up in Queens, NY so let me put it this way:

Imagine you work on something tirelessly for months at a time. You work on this huge collaborative team of architects, engineers, construction crews, finance people and real estate tycoons. Then after a massive 2 year build, you’re at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

When your friends or family come to visit the city, you take them on a tour of Midtown. Then you stop for a lunch break and get a halal gyro on the corner. You casually mention in between bites that the building in front of you was designed by you and your firm. They don’t believe you but you have the pictures and models saved on your phone from all the busy days at the office when the building was just a concept on a piece of paper.

That is the best part of being an architect. The physical, real impact of your work manifesting before your eyes. Not many fields give you that level of tangible, tactile return!

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Wendy’s Answer

A job with a low stress level, good work-life balance and solid prospects to improve, get promoted and earn a higher salary would make many employees happy. here's how Architects job satisfaction is rated in terms of upward mobility, stress level and flexibility.

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Emily’s Answer

Syed put it perfectly, "the physical, real impact of your work manifesting before your eyes."

The most rewarding part of working in the field of architecture is watching you and your team's work become real, tangible, and lived-in! It is indescribably rewarding to look back at a project and feel like you were a part of something bigger than yourself - and perhaps something that will stand the test of time!

It is unlike any other field - taking something from concept to paper and then to the built environment.