Future scope and opportunities for
Architects with management skills
Architects typically enter the job market as junior draughtspersons/designers. Employers prefer new hires with outstanding drafting and drawing abilities and experience gained through internships, even though candidates may be more qualified than this.
There is a strong competition in such job profiles. To overcome this competition, the candidate may need additional skills such as presentation skills, knowledge of advance IT tools, organization skills, project management and site management skills, etc. These management skills can boost your chances of better opportunities not only when seeking a job in an architectural firm but also when you are planning to start your own design practice.
Many firms across the world have realized the importance of management skills and now they prefer to hire architectural managers in their companies. The median expected salary (based on the report by www.salary.com) for a typical Architectural Manager in the United States is $108,703.
Some of the following websites may give you an idea on the demand, opportunities and job descriptions of an architectural manager:
What do companies expect from an Architectural Manager?
Some of the essential tasks that you need to manage as an architectural manager are:
Create a design brief that meets the client’s requirements.
Manage and supervise all related activities of a staff of architects and technicians.
Directly manage the development of architectural designs and preliminary construction details.
Prepare feasibility reports and other technical reports.
Familiarize with local laws, design codes and submission requirements.
Ensure architectural design work is completed on time and adheres to the established specifications and standards.
Prepare project schedules, bids, or proposals.
Lead and direct the work of others. A wide degree of creativity is expected. Typically reports to a head of a unit/department.
Good interpersonal and communication skills
Architects no longer work in isolation. They work as a team and offer many more services than before. In such scenario, management has become an integral part of the architectural industry. Gradually, most companies around the world are realizing the need for Architectural Management. The future is here!
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