Architects can be called the pillars of society as they ensure that a building is functional, safe and practical. They take care of a building from conceptualization to completion and make sure that all legalities are followed. If you are also fascinated by this profession, and you want to know how to get started in architecture then here are a few tips for you.
You should complete a 5-year bachelor’s program that is accredited by NAAB- National Architectural Accrediting Board. Then you should get a license or certification that varies by state. You should also hone skills like communication, organization, analytical, visualization, critical thinking, etc. and master some tools and technologies that make the job easy.
It is also wise to remember that your qualifications won’t be considered complete unless you complete a training or internship program. To complete one internship, you need to have at least 5,600 hours of approved work experience. The approval is given by the Intern Development program that is run by the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
You can also earn a voluntary NCARB certification as it will demonstrate your professional aptitude. It is also essential to renew the licensure regularly. It can be done by earning continuing education credits.
If you really want to outshine the others as an architect and make a brand of yourself, you should consider specializing in a specific field to start building that reputation. One of the specializations could be to be an expert in green technology and create only those buildings that are environment-friendly.
After you complete the education, get the license, certification and even be a specialist, you have two options, either you can start your own firm and make yourself a brand, or you can join an architectural firm and keep learning so dedicatedly that they ensure you become a partner in a few years.