Architectural designers use technical knowledge and artistic creativity to create new buildings and landscapes, but unlike architects they do not get involved in the construction phase of their designs. They either consult directly with the client or work under the direction of another architect to ensure designs adhere to client preferences and budgets. Architectural designers work closely with other engineers and landscape experts to develop a plan that fits the required specifications and also carries out its desired functions.
Required Education and Experience
The path to architectural design begins with a degree from a college or university architectural program that is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board or another governing body like the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board or the national Association of Schools of Art and Design.
The position of architectural designer is considered entry-level, so professionals typically do not need to hold an architect license. Many use this position to gain the experience that they need in order to complete their required training for licensure, while some architectural designers enjoy the freedom and creativity of creating designs without the hassle of getting involved in the construction of the project.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment levels for Architectural designers and drafters to increase by 1.7% annually, however, positions are always opening as many drafters choose to move up to pursue full Architectural licensure. According to BLS data, the average salary for these positions is $53,470. The salary aggregator at Indeed cites the annual figure at $48,000, a similar salary, though slightly lower. The data gathered by Indeed is based on user input, offering a more limited data set to draw from. Salary and benefits packages will vary from job to job based on the size of the organization, its geographic location and the experience of the designer.
A company in Alpharetta, GA is currently seeking to add a drafter/detailer to their team to help produce drawings of high-end residential homes. This is a production-based role utilizing AutoCAD. All candidates must have two or more years of previous recent residential home architectural drafting experience, must work effectively with little instruction, and must be proficient in AutoCAD. You can learn more about this opportunity and apply online here.
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