Elisa, the co-owner of an architecture firm, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and her work-life balance. She tells us that there are three categories of challenges that she comes across in her work - technical, financial and liability exposure. All but the last are easy to deal with, and luckily they've only ever come across 2 liability exposure issues.
People need places to live, work, play, learn, worship, meet, govern, shop, and eat. Architects are responsible for designing these places, whether they are private or public; indoors or outdoors; or rooms, buildings, or complexes.
All state architectural registration boards require architecture graduates to complete a training period (usually 3 years) before they may sit for the licensing exam. Most new graduates complete their training period by working as interns at architectural firms. Some states allow a portion of the training to occur in the offices of related professionals, such as engineers and general contractors.
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