Architect

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    Architects design new buildings and suggest alterations to existing buildings. They can work on individual buildings or on large redevelopment schemes, and can be responsible for the design of the surrounding landscape and spaces.

     

    Types of Architects

    • building architect;
    • landscape architect;
    • naval architect

     

    Employers of Architects

    • Private architect practices
    • Construction companies
    • Public sector bodies

     

    Duties

    • creating building designs and highly detailed drawings both by hand and by using specialist computer-aided design (CAD) applications
    • liaising with construction professionals about the feasibility of potential projects
    • working around constraining factors such as town planning legislation, environmental impact and project budget
    • working closely with a team of other professionals such as building service engineers, construction managers, quantity surveyors and architectural technologists
    • applying for planning permission and advice from governmental new build and legal departments
    • writing and presenting reports, proposals, applications and contracts
    • specifying the requirements for the project
    • adapting plans according to circumstances and resolving any problems that may arise during construction
    • playing a part in project and team management
    • travelling regularly to building sites, proposed locations and client meetings

     

    Qualifications

    It is essential to have a minimum of a diploma for this profession. You may also register with a statutory body of architects in Lesotho especially if you are willing to become an independent architect. A relevant degree in architecture is a huge advantage.

     

    Skills

    • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
    • High levels of creativity and imagination
    • A keen interest in the built environment and the dedication to see projects through to their conclusion
    • Willingness to work long hours, under time and budget pressure
    • Excellent design and drafting skills and proficiency with computer-aided design (CAD)
    • A keen eye for detail, as well as the ability to see the bigger picture of a project
    • Organisational, project management and planning skills, including the ability to juggle multiple tasks
    • An analytical mind with excellent problem-solving and mathematical ability
    • Leadership skills as well as the ability to work well within a team of other professionals
    • An awareness of the specific environmental and social impact of your projects

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