National Occupation Code (NOC): 2151

Architects conceptualize, plan and develop designs for the construction and renovation of commercial, institutional and residential buildings. They are employed by architectural firms, private corporations and governments, or they may be self-employed.

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Job Duties for Architects

  • Consult with clients to determine the type, style and purpose of renovations or new building construction being considered
  • Conceptualize and design buildings and develop plans describing design specifications, building materials, costs and construction schedules
  • Prepare sketches and models for clients
  • Prepare or supervise the preparation of drawings, specifications and other construction documents for use by contractors and tradespersons
  • Prepare bidding documents, participate in contract negotiations and award construction contracts
  • Monitor activities on construction sites to ensure compliance with specifications
  • Conduct feasibility studies and financial analyses of building projects.
Architects may specialize in a particular type of construction such as residential, commercial, industrial or institutional.

Working Conditions for Architects

Work usually takes place in an office environment, but visits to construction sites are sometimes necessary.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Architect
  • Architectural Standards Specialist
  • Chief Architect
  • Consulting Architect
  • Industrial And Commercial Buildings Architect
  • Residential Architect
  • Residential Building Architect

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