An architect designs and sometimes supervises
the construction of buildings. Anything from tunnels that run far
beneath the ground, to skyscrapers that tower above it, architects have
always had a hand in building these great structures. Yes, you too
can be an architect! But how, you ask? Just read on, and you
will find out!

Architects have designed the greatest
buildings in history, from the stoic World Trade Center in New York, to
the graceful and natural Falling Waters house in Pennsylvania, building
styles differ as much as the architects who build them. One of the
most famous architects is Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed the aforementioned

Falling Waters and also the Robie house in Illinois. He is often
considered the most creative architect of our time for his use of natural
surroundings and building materials found in nature. No other man
has made such an impact on architecture as Frank Lloyd Wright.

Architects can work in a variety
of conditions, but most work in office buildings that contain architectural
firms of about three to six people. However, sometimes the job demands
that an architect go out on the actual building site to supervise construction.

This is a minor inconvenience to the architects, but on a general scale,
architects have extremely comfortable surroundings that promote less stress
among them. Often, and more so nowadays, architectural firms are
adopting CAD programs, or Computer Aided Design as the main tool for designing
buildings. It provides an easy to use interface over the previous
pencil and paper method. As a result, CAD software is growing vastly
in usage and many colleges are now offering courses just in CAD.

Often, architects have to make considerations
before the actual design phase of any building. The most important
of these is cost. If a building is made of cheaper building materials,
the architectural firm gets more money from the buyer. Other considerations
are the style of the building, which depends heavily upon the surrounding
buildings, not to mention the environment, functionality, elevations, and
zoning regulations. The zoning regulations limit the size and shape
of the building so that it doesnít interfere with the area around the building
and the overall skyline of the neighborhood. Often, zoning regulations
are a large problem in major cities, and architects either have to compromise
with the zoning authority or have the building not be built at all.

These compromises are an annoyance for architects and make life a little
interesting for these public servants.

Usually, in any job, the closer
you are to a city, the more money you make. In the case of architects,
this is especially true. In booming areas, the demand for architects
is incredibly high, often too high for the current amount of architects
in the area to fill. And so more architects are brought in fresh
out of college, and the demand is met. As long as somewhere in the
world there is a demand for buildings, there will always be a demand for
architects. This gives architects extremely good job security and
makes them very happy. Architects usually make between forty and
one hundred thousand dollars a year, depending on such factors like experience
and notoriety of the firm and once again closeness to an urban area.

To be considered a professional
architect, you must attend four years of school and major in architecture,
and then attend two more years of post-graduate school. I would like
to go to Duke University because their architecture program is one of the
best in the world. However, I will accept going to a smaller school
if I donít have enough cash or my grades arenít up to par.

Overall, I think architects have
one of the better jobs out there. They get to earn money, be very
independent, and help people have houses to live and businesses to work
at. I like the idea of being a civil servant and that is part of
the reason I want to be an architect. But mostly I want to do what

Iíve always wanted to do; design houses that will outlast me, my children,
and maybe even my grandchildren.