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So you want to be an architect – Part 1



What does an architect do? An architect can perform many roles including design, specification writer, construction observation, ombudsman, and even in some cases construction, but for purposes of this discussion I would like to focus on design. According to one definition from my apple computer dictionary the architect is a person who is responsible for inventing or realizing a particular idea or project. Another definition states that an architect is a person who designs buildings and in many cases supervises their construction. Finally, Wikipedia’s definition works well. An architect is a person who translates a user’s requirements into a built environment. To summarize then, an architect, one; invents Two, design buildings. And three translate the users requirements into a built environment. In a way all three definitions fall under the category of design. For purposes of this discussion let’s talk about all three separately? First we know an architect Invents. An inventor creates something out of necessity that does not already exist. In a way every building, every house, every skyscraper, every thing architects create, if its original, is an invention. A building becomes something of an invention by virtue of the specific requirements of the client. It’s utility lies in its unique function for the person or people it is designed for. Second, we know an architect designs. To design is to plan with a specific purpose in mind. To me, designing implies a kind of thoughtful planning relative to a set of parameters. All kinds of things are designed after their invented. Vacuums, sneakers, printers, headphones, telephones, chairs, tables, silverware, and of course buildings. The architect designs the building after it’s conceived or invented. Thirdly, the architect is a translator in that they translate a users requirement into a built environment. When you first meet with an architect one of the first discussions is about the program. The program is essentially a description of everything that will be going into the building. If it’s a home, the program includes the number of powder rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, how many car garage, etc… If it’s an industrial building the program includes machinery, offices, technology, etc… If it’s a skyscraper it includes, use, number of occupants, utility spaces, executive suites, number of floors, etc… In simple terms the architect takes the program and turns it into a building. So we see that while all three of these items, Invention, design and translation fall in under the category of design each is vital to the role of an architect. So if someone asks you what does an architect do? You know that to start with, they’re inventors, they’re designers and they’re translators. And that concludes the first part of our video series “so you want to be an architect”. I’m Doug Patt. See you next time.

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50 comments

  1. I have been wanting to be an architect for a long time. I love drawing and have a very creative mine. I understand people and what they want, and I have my mind set on an architect

  2. The architect need math???

  3. Yes I want to be an architect. Thank you for this video
    😅😅😅

  4. DirtySouthFlorida3

    I met a dude while doing uber and he made 100k a year doing this so now this might be my goal lol

  5. Ted Mosby, Architect.

  6. GD [Green Bandana Boy] [BOT]

    [C] yea just use long pencil like a ruler it's called hack life 😂

  7. That’s the dope spot 😂😂 2:17

  8. I am in 10 th standard and I want to be a architect what should I do I don't invent things

  9. TheyCallMyAss Alex

    architects is harder than it looks it

  10. I want to be an architect but I find it really hard to understand what someone would want their house/anything to be like 😂 I will usually just go off about other random ideas

  11. is it possible to get hired as arch.viz.or executive architect , or anything to do with architecture without degree but with great selftaught 3d modeling and rendering skills presented on portfolio ?

  12. Watching the sped-up hand drafting really brought me back to my early days in the profession. Awesome… =D

  13. Aw, five years ago I used to watch these videos trying to convince myself I could become an architect, mainly because my father wanted me to be one. I entered university and by week two I WAS DONE with architecture. Gladly, I found my way and true vocation on Information Design. Now I have my bachelor's degree and couldn't be more happy with my profession. What I learned was that, sure, architecture shares some fields with design, BUT IT IS BORING. You barely get to draw, to create, you barely get to imagine. If you are considering anything like graphic design, visual communication, art, fashion, industrial design, or so…DON'T CONSIDER ARCHITECTURE. DON'T. I have never felt so distant from my desire to pick up a pencil and sketchbook more than on those two weeks. Seriously, I cried at nights wishing I was painting color-wheels like design students instead of drawing the layout for a room with a bunch of rulers for the third time.

  14. Sir where can I learn to create my own plans. Suggest me some ideas, how to partition a floor and dimensions of rooms etc…

  15. I am not the best and architect ing because I am not good at drawing

  16. Is it hard to be an architect?

  17. Can i ask something?if i take art stream ( no physic and addmath) then can i be an architect?

  18. Phoenix idk why are you doin this to me

    I guess I've always made little house designs all the time when I was little… But I also had a searing passion for astrophysics, and now years later, after hell and high water I've had to revaluate my life priorities because I literally didn't know what I wanted to do with my life anymore. I just began uni to get a degree in physics but I don't know what to do anymore. Recently I came across a thing offered by my university that took my personality, interests, skills, etc. And spit out "architect" as the number 1 career result for me… I'm very optimistic right now about the subject, but after focusing on physics for so long I don't really know what to expect? That's why I'm praying and doing my research before I do anything else. Maybe God had a different idea for me all along? IDK but maybe I can decide later on that this is the perfect blend for my creative and technical sides…

  19. Can you be an architect with an art major?

  20. Can you be an architect with an art major?

  21. I am a registered architect (since 1989) and work in my own solo practice. It's a great career if you have the desire and the right set of skills. It's very flexible. I came from a generation where we learned drafting with pencil and paper, then I taught myself Autocad starting in 1985. I gave up the drafting table soon after. I feel really comfortable being an architect and there are many aspects to this profession that you can specialize in. I have been around construction since I was a boy (my father was a carpenter) and even worked the whole summer when I was 13 pounding nails on our own house construction. I also worked as a carpenter in my first job out of architecture school when my employer didn't need residential plans drawn.
    I would recommend some construction experience for any student going into architecture. It earns you more respect and credibility on job sites as you advance in your profession. This is the type of training I got back then…
    1969 – 6th grade first drafting class. Finished the example book first (Felt easy to me. Some 3D isometric rotations. That class probably sparked me on my path)
    1975 Graduated high school in college prep curriculum. Included two years of mechanical drafting class (elective).
    1975-77 – 2 years at a vocational school (tuition free post-high school education). Learned architectural drafting and basic structural engineering. My teacher there was a civil professional engineer and local building inspector. This type of school was available in my state (CT). One of the best things I did to prepare for architectural school. I learned how to draft construction docs and how to engineer beams, columns, retaining walls, a skill I use on most projects today. I learned to use a transit and shoot grades and measured and drafted plans of local public buildings for the neighboring towns. Produced 300 working drawings for my portfolio. Designed 3 houses which were built by the carpentry shop of the same school. This made my admission to architectural school a snap. (Loved that experience)
    1977-1982 – 5 year first professional BArch degree at accredited architectural school. (IMPORTANT: In the USA you need this accredited degree to be allowed to sit for the architect's exam. Architecture (and art) school was like a playground for creative adults, I loved it and worked my butt off for 5 years. It's appalling that "Working Drawings" and "Professional Practice" were electives. I took both and lobbied the engineering teachers to give some of us advanced structures class.
    1979-1980 Summers I worked as a draftsman for a commercial furniture design company drawing plans for custom office furniture. Created 500+ drawings (many parts and assembly drawings).
    1982-1989 Various jobs in architecture: Draftsman, Job Captain, Project Manager. Then took and passed the exam in 1989.
    1991 My first layoff ever and the start of my own practice.

    If all of that seems daunting, I didn't notice it. You have to WANT to be an architect. Then it's all just what you have to learn to become one.

  22. ThatOneYouTubeChannel

    I love designing my own things like, well ANYTHING! I would love to design phones, furniture, buildings, houses, cars, fudge I don't even care what it is but what I don't like is the work. Pshh give the poor people a brake they love what they're doing but it goes too far when you have to do it 24/7

  23. Wikipedia has fake facts. Ask google.

  24. pls make a video how architect design a building design

  25. I love to design and build but the math part is hard 🙁

  26. There I am always software architect for those who don't want to use a lot of math in some situations such as drawings

  27. i want to be an architect but too bad they dont use math and physics.

  28. i cant wait to be an architect

  29. every tool you use to write , draw or even sing is a way to translate your brain language and brain ideas to a form that people and even you could understand .. and each tool have its own unique way to describing the ideas , no tool can describe the idea for 100% for sure but when you have as many tools as you can , you can extract your ideas from your brain more accurate and properly , hand drawing for architect is one of the most important tool to describe and extract the ideas from your brain , the lucky architects only who have this gift and if you don't have it practice your hand asap.

  30. Esmerelda Spiritus

    I love art and math 😍

  31. at first I REALLY WANT TO BE AN ARCHITECT SO BAD! but I am just not good at math so I say to myself…..okey be a designer someday 😂

  32. I am designer Ella marble designing

  33. I really want to do this but then again I've heard it's not worth it because of the work that comes with it

  34. YI s I want to be an architect

  35. I was always fascinated by architecture. Ended up becoming a Mechanical Designer…Life I like a box of Chocolate Bolts!!

  36. I guess I am not a good architect if I can't draw. Well I use AutoCad, so I still get the job done.

  37. I can't really draw but in learning how to be an architect for designes homes and electricity

  38. Nice vid. How long would it take an architect to earn £500,000?

  39. George Pitsikakis

    hey guys and girls, I have a question. When u form an architectural team how do you work? Does everyone move aside and form an idea that is going to be put on the table and be discussed along with the other ones to lead to the final decision or you work as a team all the time?

  40. i'm thinking to study architecture, I'm very good at drawing and all that stuffs, but my problem is maths. How much is it important in architecture?

  41. I've known this for some time, most work is built off of clients asking you to make a certain thing rather than come up with something on your own.

  42. still couldn't really understand what architect does. you need to use less words and give examples

  43. awesome

  44. I'm watching this even though I'm ten

  45. So architects don't get to actually build and demolish? They just…design??

  46. what college is the best for architecture in newyork?

  47. So.. Im still deciding in to what to study.. Graphic design or Architecture? I guess is like not so apart one to another but anyway it's like a whole new level at same time.. I would love to study both, but would it matter?

  48. Where does one go to school to be an architect in southern California

  49. Αλεξης Κοβατζεβητζ

    i am architect ; )