Architecture is a great profession, you create the landmarks of tomorrow and shape cities and towns. But becoming a successful architect is hugely challenging, and there’ll be moments of self-doubt. All the successful architects in the world were once there. Their work was rejected or called into question. In your journey to becoming a successful architect, setbacks will occur. But if you work hard and stay focused, you’ll make it. Here are four steps to becoming a highly sought-after architect.
1. Fulfill Training and Educational Requirements
Research universities with good architecture programs. Choose a program with accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). You can enroll in a five-year program and combine a bachelor’s degree with a master’s degree. Or you can study for the master’s degree separately if the school doesn’t offer the combined program.
Before licensure, most states require potential architects to complete an Architectural Experience Program. You’ll then need to pass two versions of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE): ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0. All the processes before licensure can be expensive. If you’re short on funds, you can take cash title loans to fund the exams.
2. Decide on the Type of Architect You’d Like to Become
Some architects commission projects and see them through to completion. Others use their skills and talents in various parts of the project. For instance, landscape architects are well versed in plant sciences and play a crucial role in ensuring that outdoor spaces–such as patios, sidewalks, and lawns–complement indoor spaces.
Design architects focus solely on design. They ensure building plans follow all building codes and meet clients’ expectations. Site architects work as project managers and get hired by construction firms to oversee construction projects. Lastly, technical architects focus on technical aspects such as water tightness and thermal efficiency.
3. Horn Your Leadership and Communication Skills
Leadership skills are essential for architects who spend most of their time working with other people. Architects also spend a lot of time talking and explaining architectural projects to clients and colleagues. You must know how to speak and pitch to people.
Good presentation skills are also a must-have for any architect. You can develop these skills through practice. Create presentations and pitches for your colleagues and get their feedback. To engage your audience, make your communication as simple as possible and avoid too much jargon.
4. Network and Connect
Like in any other industry, establishing relationships is critical to your success as an architect. Take time to meet people in your industry and stay in touch with them. When you’re known as friendly, open, candid and approachable, opportunities will come your way. There are many talented architects out there who want to succeed just as badly as you, so you must set yourself apart with your interpersonal skills.