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Building a Career as an Architect

21 JUN 2012
Career Path : Civil Engineering

Frank O. Gehry’s architectural designs make his job looking incredibly fun. From the Dancing House in Prague to the EMP Museum in Seattle, Gehry’s creations are eclectic, and stand as testaments to the creative liberty within the architecture field.


But of course, Gehry, along with every other architect, had to go through the long process of learning and mastering every single angle of architecture. The architecture field covers a broad range of different topics, so learning all there is to know is no small task. To give you an idea of what is involved in becoming an architect, take a look at a few courses that are typically included in an educational curriculum.


Environmental Technology

Designing a building is not only about creating an aesthetically appealing structure. Part of any architectural design is the building’s functionality because frankly, a building is no good to anyone if it collapses. To ensure that a building functions properly, an architect must integrate elements of environmental technology into the design. Such elements include the integration of water supply systems, waste management, and noise pollution control.


Drafting Fundamentals & Standards

Architects will likely learn to drafting techniques for all different sectors within the field, including construction, civil, and transportation engineering. Drafting is where an idea begins to take shape on paper, or on the screen, and will allow an architect to present his ideas in tangible form.


History of Architecture

Before jumping into anything, an aspiring architectural technician must first learn the beginnings of the industry, and how it has evolved over time. From learning about what inspired the greats to projects that never made it past the drawing board, students definitely benefit from taking a close look at the success and failures of past architects.


Sustainable Construction Techniques

Despite the rather recent focus that has been put on the importance of sustainability, the architectural technique has been around for quite a long time. A crucial factor that is considered in a new design is the sustainability of it. Now, of course this has to do with the building’s future effect on the environment, but it also has to with its longevity. If a building is made of durable and green materials, it not only plays well with the environment, but it will likely stand for a long time.


Some engineering technology colleges that offer architecture programs and courses will provide students with the opportunity to gain work experience while they are still earning their degree or diploma. The obvious benefit with this is that students will not only be able to put their knowledge to the test, but also work closely with professionals that will likely become their colleagues in the future.



Visit Mohawk College for more information on architectural technology programs.