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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.
  • Airports.
  • Shopping malls.

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"Kirsteeeeen" wrote: I am so sorry for your loss. It must be tough going through this at the moment, losing someone is always a difficult situation. Grief can be unsettling and uncomfortable, but is a normal and necessary part of grieving and getting yourself through these types of things. I encourage you to continue to remember her, whether it be through stories or drawings or other ways you might express your good memories together. You could also do something in her memory such as plant a tree. Healing from loss takes time. There's no magic fix that'll make you feel better overnight. You just have to let yourself go through the process and eventually you will feel better. I promise. I'm also here if you feel like talking about it at any time, just send me a request. ​Tysm [s:sm3/1jw1] [s:sm3/1jw1]
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Kirsteeeeen
This is going to sound completely cliche, but the best thing is to just be yourself. You'll make friends no problem. People can tell when you're being genuine or not, and they definitely appreciate you for who you are more than if you tried to be someone else. You got this, it'll be a fun and exciting experience. :)
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Kirsteeeeen
I am so sorry for your loss. It must be tough going through this at the moment, losing someone is always a difficult situation. Grief can be unsettling and uncomfortable, but is a normal and necessary part of grieving and getting yourself through these types of things. I encourage you to continue to remember her, whether it be through stories or drawings or other ways you might express your good memories together. You could also do something in her memory such as plant a tree. Healing from loss takes time. There's no magic fix that'll make you feel better overnight. You just have to let yourself go through the process and eventually you will feel better. I promise. I'm also here if you feel like talking about it at any time, just send me a request.
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Kirsteeeeen
Kirsteeeeen posted in Style:
On a typical day I wear a pair of ripped jeans and either a hoodie or jacket, and a snapback. The opposite would probably be a dress lmao.
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Kirsteeeeen
Kirsteeeeen posted in Style:
I also love expensive clothing. Brand names are my thing. But I always shop either during sale times or at second hand stores. Sales are my best friend, honestly. It might be frustrating to wait, but it's worth it in the end. Shop only on sale racks in big stores, and scout out smaller second hand stores that often carry brand names, never worn, but for a cheaper price.
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