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ARCHITECT: Seeing Your Dreams Become Reality

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This interviewee is an architect in the field of education. He talks about how architecture is a creative, rewarding field where he can watch his efforts on a project translate into stone, glass, and eventually completed buildings. His daily tasks include designing and ensuring projects meet requirements and are finished on time. Learn more by watching!

School: Illinois School of Technology ; Illinois School of Technology - University of California Berkeley
Degree: Architecture
Job Title: Architect
Employer: San Francisco School District

Job Summary: Architects

Job Description

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.

On-the-Job Training

internship/residency

Additional Info

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.

Certification Requirement
Required by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
Confirm
$45,000 - $120,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Creativity, Organizational skills, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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m='16280'>program</span> <span m='18730'>are</span> <span m='19180'>done,</span> <span m='20132'>designed,</span> <span m='21316'>and</span> <span m='21670'>basically</span> <span m='22420'>permitted</span> <span m='23470'>through the</span> <span m='23560'>state</span> <span m='24640'>in</span> <span m='24730'>a</span> <span m='24800'>timely</span> <span m='25140'>manner</span> <span m='25995'>and that</span> <span m='26480'>the</span> <span m='26700'>project</span> <span m='27070'>is</span> <span m='27210'>designed</span> <span m='27650'>to</span> <span m='27740'>meet</span> <span m='28100'>the</span> <span m='28530'>budget</span> <span m='29070'>that we</span> <span m='29170'>set at</span> <span m='29520'>the</span> <span m='29890'>outset.</span> </p><p><span m='31460'>My</span> <span m='31750'>typical</span> <span m='32810'>day</span> <span m='33040'>at</span> <span m='33260'>work</span> <span m='33610'>is</span> <span m='33960'>essentially</span> <span m='34480'>coming</span> <span m='34830'>in,</span> <span m='36750'>checking</span> <span m='37160'>on</span> <span m='38220'>the</span> <span m='38390'>status</span> <span m='38990'>of</span> <span m='39120'>all</span> <span m='39220'>of</span> <span m='39310'>these</span> <span m='39520'>projects,</span> <span m='42270'>pay</span> <span m='42510'>attention</span> <span m='43100'>to</span> <span m='43400'>certain</span> <span m='43710'>projects</span> <span m='44160'>that</span> <span m='44430'>need</span> <span m='44720'>some</span> <span m='45720'>pushing,</span> <span m='47280'>and</span> <span m='48910'>essentially</span> <span m='49380'>monitor</span> <span m='50210'>the</span> <span m='50320'>projects</span> <span m='51200'>through</span> <span m='51380'>the</span> <span m='51500'>different</span> <span m='51870'>phases</span> <span m='53020'>as</span> <span m='53200'>they</span> <span m='53280'>go</span> <span m='53490'>through</span> <span m='53650'>the</span> <span m='53770'>design</span> <span m='54150'>process.</span> <span m='55510'>And</span> <span m='56320'>the</span> <span m='56460'>end</span> <span m='56610'>goal</span> <span m='56860'>is</span> <span m='57020'>to</span> <span m='57310'>essentially</span> <span m='58570'>get</span> <span m='59040'>these</span> <span m='59490'>projects</span> <span m='59920'>out</span> <span m='60090'>on</span> <span m='60220'>time.</span> <span m='61800'>And</span> <span m='62200'>since</span> <span m='62440'>these are</span> <span m='62740'>public</span> <span m='63140'>contracts,</span> <span m='64340'>under</span> <span m='64480'>public</span> <span m='64590'>contract</span> <span m='65080'>laws,</span> <span m='67530'>we</span> <span m='67750'>also</span> <span m='68100'>have</span> <span m='68300'>to</span> <span m='68870'>pay</span> <span m='68980'>attention</span> <span m='69490'>to</span> <span m='69600'>all the</span> <span m='71130'>legal</span> <span m='71400'>requirements</span> <span m='72200'>to</span> <span m='72660'>do</span> <span m='72800'>so.</span> </p><p><span m='74760'>My</span> <span m='75300'>career</span> <span m='75780'>and</span> <span m='75930'>educational</span> <span m='76510'>path was</span> <span m='76920'>essentially</span> <span m='77620'>going</span> <span m='77850'>through</span> <span m='78170'>architectural</span> <span m='78720'>schools.</span> <span m='81168'>I</span> <span m='81620'>finished</span> <span m='82060'>my</span> <span m='82140'>undergraduate</span> <span m='83100'>degree</span> <span m='83460'>in</span> <span m='83600'>architecture</span> <span m='84490'>at</span> <span m='84830'>Illinois</span> <span m='84940'>Institute</span> <span m='85430'>of</span> <span m='85550'>Technology</span> <span m='85990'>in</span> <span m='86090'>Chicago.</span> <span m='89180'>Then</span> <span m='90280'>proceeded</span> <span m='90780'>to</span> <span m='90880'>do</span> <span m='91010'>my</span> <span m='91180'>master's</span> <span m='92400'>at</span> <span m='92570'>UC</span> <span m='92860'>Berkeley.</span> <span m='94990'>Then</span> <span m='95410'>I</span> <span m='95540'>received</span> <span m='95820'>my</span> <span m='96040'>license,</span> <span m='97390'>worked</span> <span m='98080'>in</span> <span m='98170'>the</span> <span m='98230'>private</span> <span m='98620'>sector</span> <span m='98980'>for</span> <span m='99140'>15</span> <span m='99520'>years</span> <span m='100345'>at</span> <span m='100640'>various</span> <span m='101060'>firms.</span> <span m='104172'>I</span> <span m='104610'>noticed</span> <span m='104960'>that</span> <span m='105130'>I</span> <span m='105200'>was</span> <span m='105370'>working</span> <span m='105850'>mostly</span> <span m='106280'>on</span> <span m='106390'>commercial</span> <span m='107360'>projects</span> <span m='109240'>and</span> <span m='109380'>occasionally</span> <span m='110420'>justice</span> <span m='111200'>facilities.</span> <span m='112840'>And</span> <span m='113020'>I</span> <span m='113040'>wanted</span> <span m='113400'>to</span> <span m='113480'>move</span> <span m='113700'>to</span> <span m='113800'>the</span> <span m='113920'>educational</span> <span m='114480'>sector,</span> <span m='115460'>do</span> <span m='115590'>something</span> <span m='116020'>that</span> <span m='116180'>I</span> <span m='116435'>really</span> <span m='117320'>thought</span> <span m='117590'>was</span> <span m='117830'>going</span> <span m='118527'>to be</span> <span m='119690'>contributing</span> <span m='120340'>to</span> <span m='120470'>the</span> <span m='120640'>society</span> <span m='121160'>in</span> <span m='121300'>a</span> <span m='121570'>positive</span> <span m='122410'>manner,</span> <span m='122750'>not</span> <span m='123010'>just</span> <span m='123260'>consumption.</span> </p><p><span m='124770'>And</span> <span m='125130'>I</span> <span m='127020'>actually</span> <span m='127510'>worked</span> <span m='127810'>for</span> <span m='128150'>our</span> <span m='128210'>school</span> <span m='128500'>district</span> <span m='128949'>here</span> <span m='129300'>and</span> <span m='129430'>then</span> <span m='129820'>worked</span> <span m='130039'>for</span> <span m='130139'>the</span> <span m='130190'>university</span> <span m='131720'>managing</span> <span m='132170'>their</span> <span m='132430'>projects.</span> <span m='133840'>And</span> <span m='133960'>my</span> <span m='134090'>training</span> <span m='134500'>in</span> <span m='134630'>architecture</span> <span m='135120'>essentially</span> <span m='135530'>helped</span> <span m='135760'>me</span> <span m='136250'>manage</span> <span m='137160'>the</span> <span m='137370'>process,</span> <span m='137870'>make</span> <span m='138060'>sure</span> <span m='138260'>that</span> <span m='138470'>the</span> <span m='139640'>architects</span> <span m='140080'>had</span> <span m='140230'>somebody</span> <span m='140560'>looking</span> <span m='140850'>over</span> <span m='141100'>them.</span> <span m='143360'>And</span> <span m='144780'>so</span> <span m='145870'>the</span> <span m='145950'>whole</span> <span m='148330'>period</span> <span m='148890'>of</span> <span m='149770'>my</span> <span m='151320'>professional</span> <span m='152600'>development,</span> <span m='154400'>you</span> <span m='154560'>can</span> <span m='154750'>say</span> <span m='155000'>that</span> <span m='155190'>I've</span> <span m='155230'>worked</span> <span m='155570'>on</span> <span m='155680'>both</span> <span m='155920'>sides</span> <span m='156260'>of</span> <span m='156370'>the</span> <span m='157000'>table.</span> <span m='157800'>I've</span> <span m='158100'>worked</span> <span m='158450'>for</span> <span m='158530'>the</span> <span m='158630'>consulting</span> <span m='159120'>firms</span> <span m='159420'>as</span> <span m='159590'>well</span> <span m='159770'>as</span> <span m='160240'>for</span> <span m='160490'>the</span> <span m='160710'>owners,</span> <span m='161340'>respectively</span> <span m='161770'>presenting</span> <span m='162730'>the</span> <span m='163050'>owners.</span> <span m='164880'>So</span> <span m='165970'>in</span> <span m='166150'>essence,</span> <span m='166780'>it's</span> <span m='166960'>been</span> <span m='167230'>pretty</span> <span m='169210'>rewarding,</span> <span m='171970'>especially</span> <span m='172510'>when</span> <span m='172970'>you</span> <span m='173880'>see</span> <span m='174160'>that</span> <span m='174390'>your</span> <span m='175470'>projects</span> <span m='176060'>that</span> <span m='176230'>you</span> <span m='176380'>may</span> <span m='176480'>not</span> <span m='176730'>have</span> <span m='176900'>personally</span> <span m='177460'>designed,</span> <span m='177990'>but</span> <span m='178830'>you</span> <span m='179020'>have</span> <span m='179190'>contributed</span> <span m='179840'>to</span> <span m='182390'>creating</span> <span m='182870'>these</span> <span m='183090'>projects</span> <span m='183570'>and</span> <span m='183790'>finishing</span> <span m='184150'>these</span> <span m='184360'>projects</span> <span m='186880'>to</span> <span m='187000'>meet</span> <span m='187260'>the</span> <span m='187360'>needs</span> <span m='187990'>of</span> <span m='188230'>our</span> <span m='188560'>next</span> <span m='188830'>generation</span> <span m='190440'>of</span> <span m='190990'>children</span> <span m='191250'>who are</span> <span m='191510'>going to</span> <span m='191770'>grow up</span> <span m='192800'>and</span> <span m='193170'>be the</span> <span m='193230'>citizens</span> <span m='193850'>of</span> <span m='194010'>this</span> <span m='194530'>nation</span> <span m='194970'>and</span> <span m='195030'>the</span> <span m='195130'>world.</span> </p><p><span m='196940'>And</span> <span m='198060'>the</span> <span m='198150'>third</span> <span m='198420'>question</span> <span m='198850'>is,</span> <span m='198970'>what</span> <span m='199140'>do you</span> <span m='199750'>wish</span> <span m='200130'>you</span> <span m='200270'>knew</span> <span m='200490'>when</span> <span m='200690'>you</span> <span m='200770'>started</span> <span m='201090'>your</span> <span m='201300'>career?</span> <span m='201760'>Actually,</span> <span m='202210'>I</span> <span m='202540'>went</span> <span m='202800'>into</span> <span m='203010'>this</span> <span m='203430'>field</span> <span m='205000'>pretty</span> <span m='205270'>much</span> <span m='206930'>knowing</span> <span m='207250'>what</span> <span m='207410'>I</span> <span m='207460'>was</span> <span m='207610'>getting</span> <span m='207840'>into.</span> <span m='208690'>My</span> <span m='208890'>father</span> <span m='209180'>is</span> <span m='209300'>a</span> <span m='209350'>structural</span> <span m='209760'>engineer.</span> <span m='213180'>I</span> <span m='214220'>had</span> <span m='214390'>no</span> <span m='215000'>disillusionment</span> <span m='216418'>of</span> <span m='218240'>thinking</span> <span m='218480'>that I</span> <span m='218660'>would</span> <span m='218830'>be</span> <span m='219490'>making</span> <span m='219870'>a</span> <span m='219950'>lot</span> <span m='220100'>of</span> <span m='220180'>money.</span> <span m='222650'>I</span> <span m='222720'>wanted</span> <span m='223060'>to</span> <span m='223140'>be</span> <span m='223310'>in the</span> <span m='223400'>creative</span> <span m='223880'>field.</span> <span m='225230'>And</span> <span m='225480'>although</span> <span m='226010'>my</span> <span m='226380'>current</span> <span m='227592'>job</span> <span m='227940'>does not</span> <span m='229820'>render</span> <span m='230270'>me</span> <span m='231851'>to be a</span> <span m='232260'>designer--</span> <span m='232960'>I am</span> <span m='233240'>essentially</span> <span m='233610'>looking</span> <span m='233890'>over</span> <span m='234200'>designers.</span> <span m='235640'>And</span> <span m='236040'>actually,</span> <span m='237420'>the</span> <span m='237560'>process</span> <span m='237920'>is</span> <span m='238280'>never</span> <span m='238430'>a</span> <span m='238870'>singular</span> <span m='240800'>initiative</span> <span m='241560'>process.</span> <span m='242340'>It's</span> <span m='242550'>a</span> <span m='242880'>teamwork,</span> <span m='244160'>and</span> <span m='244310'>I</span> <span m='244380'>do</span> <span m='244550'>believe</span> <span m='245260'>I have</span> <span m='245600'>my</span> <span m='245850'>inputs.</span> <span m='249080'>The</span> <span m='249180'>inputs</span> <span m='250076'>are</span> <span m='250750'>hopefully</span> <span m='252790'>presented</span> <span m='255060'>in</span> <span m='255180'>a</span> <span m='255260'>way</span> <span m='255480'>that</span> <span m='255890'>contributes</span> <span m='256600'>to</span> <span m='256700'>the</span> <span m='256800'>betterment</span> <span m='257220'>of</span> <span m='257310'>the</span> <span m='257390'>project.</span> <span m='257970'>So</span> <span m='258130'>that's</span> <span m='258399'>the</span> <span m='258470'>satisfaction</span> <span m='260010'>that</span> <span m='260190'>you</span> <span m='260320'>get</span> <span m='260620'>when</span> <span m='260899'>you</span> <span m='261000'>have</span> <span m='261180'>successful</span> <span m='261485'>projects.</span> </p><p><span m='263490'>And</span> <span m='263805'>advice--</span> <span m='266210'>again,</span> <span m='267110'>if</span> <span m='267700'>someone</span> <span m='268150'>is</span> <span m='268550'>planning</span> <span m='269020'>to</span> <span m='269930'>go</span> <span m='270120'>into</span> <span m='270260'>this</span> <span m='270540'>field</span> <span m='271130'>hoping</span> <span m='271290'>to make</span> <span m='271480'>a</span> <span m='271550'>lot</span> <span m='271740'>of</span> <span m='271800'>money,</span> <span m='274240'>you</span> <span m='274320'>have</span> <span m='274430'>to</span> <span m='274550'>realize</span> <span m='275170'>that</span> <span m='275960'>architects--</span> <span m='278080'>there</span> <span m='278220'>are</span> <span m='278400'>some</span> <span m='278710'>signature</span> <span m='279230'>architects</span> <span m='279450'>who</span> <span m='279730'>we</span> <span m='280010'>call</span> <span m='280240'>them</span> <span m='280670'>\"signature</span> <span m='280930'>architects\"</span> <span m='281580'>because</span> <span m='282600'>they</span> <span m='282830'>attained</span> <span m='283090'>some</span> <span m='283330'>notoriety.</span> <span m='284570'>And</span> <span m='285580'>they</span> <span m='285860'>command</span> <span m='286140'>good fees.</span> <span m='287700'>They</span> <span m='288040'>do</span> <span m='288630'>make</span> <span m='289450'>decent</span> <span m='290050'>money.</span> <span m='291120'>But</span> <span m='291410'>in the end,</span> <span m='293740'>this</span> <span m='293920'>profession</span> <span m='295650'>is</span> <span m='295860'>not</span> <span m='296060'>about</span> <span m='296380'>making</span> <span m='296670'>money</span> <span m='297250'>as</span> <span m='297400'>much</span> <span m='297640'>as</span> <span m='298660'>making</span> <span m='299430'>changes,</span> <span m='300650'>doing</span> <span m='300900'>something</span> <span m='301290'>good,</span> <span m='303000'>and</span> <span m='303820'>doing</span> <span m='304000'>something</span> <span m='304440'>tangible.</span> </p><p><span m='306000'>A good</span> <span m='306250'>thing</span> <span m='306390'>about</span> <span m='306710'>this</span> <span m='306780'>field</span> <span m='307170'>is</span> <span m='307460'>what</span> <span m='307690'>you</span> <span m='307890'>are</span> <span m='308180'>involved</span> <span m='308700'>with</span> <span m='309270'>actually</span> <span m='309620'>gets</span> <span m='309890'>created.</span> <span m='311440'>And</span> <span m='312475'>so</span> <span m='312730'>there is</span> <span m='312960'>certain</span> <span m='313230'>satisfaction</span> <span m='314040'>in</span> <span m='314130'>seeing</span> <span m='314520'>your</span> <span m='314590'>effort</span> <span m='315530'>translated</span> <span m='316190'>into</span> <span m='316440'>store</span> <span m='316770'>and</span> <span m='317700'>glass</span> <span m='318230'>and</span> <span m='318730'>bricks.</span> <span m='319420'>So</span> <span m='320270'>that's</span> <span m='320610'>definitely</span> <span m='321190'>a</span> <span m='321410'>high.</span> <span m='322420'>And</span> <span m='323310'>if</span> <span m='323450'>you</span> <span m='324310'>enjoy</span> <span m='324760'>that,</span> <span m='326050'>to</span> <span m='326140'>be</span> <span m='326290'>part</span> <span m='326590'>of</span> <span m='326650'>a</span> <span m='326740'>creative</span> <span m='327190'>process,</span> <span m='328660'>I</span> <span m='329030'>would</span> <span m='329490'>say that</span> <span m='329950'>architecture</span> <span m='330205'>is</span> <span m='330460'>definitely</span> <span m='330892'>one of</span> <span m='331324'>them.</span> </p><p><span m='332190'>Thank</span> <span m='332640'>you.</span> </p>","file":{"id":167900,"video_id":"2700401106001","name":"124308828","duration":333365,"thumbnail_url":null}});