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Becoming an Architect

We all need places to live, work, play, shop and eat - and it wouldn't be possible without the work of architects. If you're interested in watching your ideas turn into buildings, then read on to find out how to become an architect!

Architects - What Do Architects Do?

Architects design homes, office buildings, schools, hospitals, sports arenas, shopping malls and so much more. Although the appearance of these buildings are important, architects need to consider other factors, like building costs and function, and make sure they pass three tests.

  • The building must be safe for people to use.
  • The building must serve the purpose for which it was designed for.
  • The building must be pleasing to the senses.

In order to design such a building, you'll need to get educated in the liberal arts and sciences.

Architects - How Can I Become an Architect?

Since architecture is the art AND science of building design, you need to take a variety of courses in high school, like English, history, business, computer science, physics, math (geometry, trigonometry, algebra and calculus) and art (drawing, painting, sculpture and photography).

Once you graduate from high school, you need to earn a degree in architectures at an architectural school that's recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Then you'll have to gain practical work experience by working under a licensed architect, work as an intern in the Intern Development Program (IDP), take and pass a national exam called the ARE, and apply for a certificate issued by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), which allows you to practice architecture in both the US and Canada. That's quite a mouthful, but getting past all those steps will have you on your way to a rewarding (and well-paying) career!

Architects - Did U Know?

  • Architects can earn anywhere from $35,000 to $93,000 US.
  • More than 1 in 5 architects are self-employed.
  • In North America, the initials RA designate a registered or licensed architect.
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What Would You Like to Design?

  • Skyscrapers.
  • Sports arenas.
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  • Shopping malls.

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"SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? It's really nice that your mother supports it, that always helps!! I'm glad that your family enjoys his company as well. Being 16 while he's 20 is alright. It's a slight odd age gap. But, I think as long as you both are ready, it's alright. Make sure you're mature and safe with your choices though. Personally, I think you should wait until you're closer to at least, 17. But, as long as you two are smart about what you're doing, it should be alright when it come around to it.
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fitta
"Shygirl15" wrote:I really like this boy in my second period class but i dont know how to tell him because he knows that im transgender do whatever makes you feel comfortable or just wing it and tell him and if he tells you something because you're trans forget about him! He doesn't deserve you. But it's totally okay if you want to play it safe and not go up to him. You do you. :3 
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"SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? i suggest you wait i mean you are going to be 16 that's way too young to be dating someone who is 4/5 years older than you,no? You can still talk to him when it comes to your anxiety attacks and all of that because I have those too every night so I know how it feels, but maybe you should wait. But at the end of the day it's your decision I'm just here to give advice 
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SatanslilDemon
Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice???
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SmartSunnyShadow
I feel like that too. My best friend will always hang out with her 'new friends' that I have a really bad opinion about. My friend will treat me rudely all the time and sometimes make fun of me with her friends. But, when I needed her the most in my life, she was there for me, and I told her how I felt. She says that she just wants to hang out with more people and apologized, people can be a little teasy at times.  Also, after seeing each other for a long time, people make new friends and start hanging out with them more, it doesn't mean that she doesn't like you.  This may be different for you, but just tell her about it, she will have to know you feelings at one point.  Hope I helped you. 
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