Architects work in the construction industry and are involved with designing new buildings, extensions or alterations to existing buildings, or advising on the restoration and conservation of old properties.
Building architects design commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and recreational buildings and plan and monitor their construction, maintenance and rehabilitation. They also, apply creativity and a practical understanding of structures and materials to develop concepts, plans, specifications and detailed drawings for buildings and other structures, as well negotiate with builders and planning authorities, administer building contracts and inspect the work carried out. In some instances they may be required to be registered or certified by a government authority or agency.
Job activities and tasks include:
- developing new or improved architectural theories and methods
- inspecting sites and consulting clients, management and other stakeholders to determine type, style and size of proposed buildings and alterations to existing buildings
- providing information regarding designs, materials and estimated building times
- preparing project documentation, including sketches and scale drawings, and integrating structural, mechanical and aesthetic elements in final designs
- writing specifications and contract documents for use by builders and calling tenders on behalf of clients
- making necessary contacts to ensure feasibility of projects regarding style, cost, timing, and compliance with regulations
- identifying and finding best solutions for problems regarding function and quality of interior environments of buildings and making necessary designs, drawings and plans
- monitoring construction or rehabilitation work to ensure compliance with specifications and quality standards
- maintaining technical liaison and consultancy with other relevant specialists
Advanced specialized knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
May be involved in project feasibility studies, strategic asset investigations, heritage studies, urban planning, interior design or landscape design. Government authorities or agencies may require Practising Architects to provide proof of compliant Professional Indemnity insurance cover to protect the public and the public interest. Usually work regular business hours, but may need to work evenings and weekends or be on call and attend sites, which may be remote or isolated. May also, travel overseas to work or to attend conferences and seminars.
Bachelor degree in design architecture, sustainable design or relevant discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.
Required Work Experience:
5 - 7 years and above
Municipality of Abu Dhabi, Urban Planning Council, TDIC
Less than 5,000
Higher than the industry average
Examples of job titles:
Building architect - Interior architect - Landscape architect
Examples of some related occupations:
Architectural technician - Building contractor - Building surveyor - Construction project manager - Interior designer - Property developer - Quantity surveyor - Surveyor - Urban and regional planner
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Source Of Info:
Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi