Architects plan and develop designs for the construction/renovation of residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings.
Architects research building codes, by-laws, and zoning, draft plans from others' designs, and build models at the side of a more experienced architect.
Architects usually specialize in a particular type of construction, such as residential, commercial, industrial or institutional.
Other duties may include:
Consulting with clients to determine type, style and purpose of renovations or new construction.
Conceptualize and design buildings and develop plans describing design specifications, building materials, costs and construction schedules.
Prepare sketches and models for clients.
Prepare or supervise the preparation of blueprints for use by contractors and tradespersons.
Supervise activities on construction sites.
Hire and supervise contractors.
Conduct feasibility studies and financial analyses of building projects.
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