What Do Architects Do?
Our Architects don’t set out just to make plans for good-looking buildings. They strive to understand the aspirations of clients and then to deliver against those aspirations, exceeding expectations along the way. Here at Schmidt Associates, our Architects:
- Are specially educated to help you define what you want to build, present options you might never have considered, and help you get the most from your valuable investment. They don’t just design four walls and a roof – they create total environments, both interior and exterior, that are functional and exciting places in which to work, learn, play, and live.
- Design with the end users and our Owner in mind, not themselves.
- Interact with an Owner directly and communicate to them the building’s layout and appearance. They listen to feedback to ensure the Owner is getting what is expected and promised.
- Act as a safeguard for public health and safety.
- Solve problems creatively. They are trained to be problem solvers.
How Do I Become An Architect?
- Typically 5 years of undergraduate education will provide you with a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch), and 2-3 more years of graduate studies will provide you with a Master of Architecture (MArch).
- All states require a license to practice – meaning you need education, experience, and to pass the Architectural Experience Program (over 3,500 hours total).
- Once you are an architect, you will need to commit to “continuing education” hours (classes, conferences, and workshops).
Skills Architects Need:
- Communication skills: verbal and written. You need to be able to communicate well with people from outside the organization as well as your project team
- Problem solving: analyze data, costs, and coordinate project activities
- Creative thinking – seeing the big picture as well as small details
- Heavy math and science skills
- Good people and teamwork skills
- Perception and visualization
- Ability to be flexible
There are more than 120 accredited schools of architecture nationally.
Some local programs include:
- Ball State University
- University of Notre Dame
- University of Cincinnati
- Indiana University
- Purdue University – Landscape Architecture Only
Have more questions about becoming an architect or want to learn about our internship program, let us know!