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Careers: Architectural Designer

Overview

Architectural designers assist in conceptualizing and planning new building projects and renovations, as well as designing urban landscapes. Professionals launching careers in architectural design could find themselves working as building planners, interior or exterior designers, drafts people or architecture assistants. Architectural designers work in architecture firms and assist individual architects. They also find employment in other types of businesses and in the public sector. Some architectural designers work independently on a freelance basis.

Architectural Designer Job Description

A career in architectural design requires attention to detail, creativity, and the ability to work both alone and in a dynamic team environment. Professionals possess this range of core skills, in addition to specific abilities applicable to their unique work environment. Some of the responsibilities of an architectural designer include:

• Conceptualization and development of new building projects
• Conceptualization and development of building renovation projects
• Creation of architectural design models
• Creation of 3D virtual models
• Preparation of Computer Assisted Design (CAD) and manual models
• Analysis of space requirements, building codes
• Working in a team environment with other architectural designers and architects

Architectural Designer Projected Demand

Evolving technical requirements and streamlining in the engineering and construction industry have created an increased demand for newly trained architectural designers, with original ideas and up-to-date knowledge. Entry level job prospects in this field are projected to remain strong over the next several years. The average salary for architectural designers in Canada is $49,421 per year. Bonuses and profit sharing may also enhance a base salary.