Architect Kaihoahoa Whare

Architects plan, design and advise on the construction and alteration of buildings and other structures.

Architects may do some or all of the following:

  • analyse clients' requirements and do a site inspection
  • discuss design ideas with the client
  • create designs and prepare drawings for buildings
  • advise clients on building procedures and costs
  • apply for building and resource consents
  • oversee construction projects to ensure plans, budgets and time constraints are complied with
  • plan interior and exterior spaces, and landscaping
  • run their own business.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for architects includes:

  • design
  • draughting
  • building and engineering work.

Personal Qualities

Architects need to be:

  • creative
  • practical
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to work well under pressure
  • good at planning and organising
  • strong problem solvers
  • good at communicating and relationship management.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for architects includes:

  • design
  • draughting
  • building and engineering work.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include maths, physics, design and visual communication, digital technologies, and construction and mechanical technologies.

Architects can earn around $55K-$75K per year per year.

Architects may progress into management roles or to setup their own architecture firm.

Architects may specialise in:

  • interior, urban, or sustainable design
  • conservation
  • community development
  • project management or planning
  • policy.
Architect

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