What does an Architectural Designer do?

Architectural designers receive design specifications and utilize both physical and digital drafting tools to create 2D and 3D models upon request. This role requires designers to follow requests precisely while ensuring designs meet rigorous requirements, including safety standards and governmental regulations. Architectural designers may work for either private companies or government agencies and may work anywhere from high-population cities to rural communities. Advancement in this career often depends on years of experience as well as the successful acquisition of critical licenses.

Architectural designers must possess a Bachelor's degree in architecture or related structural design fields. A Master's degree in architecture may be preferred for upper-level positions or career advancement. Architectural designers may need to take and pass a series of tests known as the Architect Registration Examination in order to be fully licensed. This test is administered through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Architectural designers must have be distinctly detailed oriented and possess notable problem solving skills.

  • Receive project requests and draft designs
  • Utilize necessary physical and digital tools to create initial drafts
  • Work collaboratively with team members and stakeholders to ensure accuracy of early design work
  • Finalize drafting projects using both 2D and 3D sketching
  • Revisit designs and make adjustments to designs as needed
  • Research and incorporate artistic elements into designs as needed
  • Ensure design specifications align to safety standards and governmental regulations
  • Liaise with various professionals and departments to coordinate project details
  • A Master's degree in architecture or related fields may be preferred for upper-level positions
  • Successful completion of ARE testing and licensure from the NCARB
  • 0-1 years of experience for entry-level positions
  • Ability to read and interpret various types of blueprints
  • Proven and successful experience creating structural designs
  • Working knowledge of and experience with computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Strong familiarity and experience using physical drafting tools
  • Significantly detail-oriented with the ability to spot and fix potential design flaws
  • Ability to generate reports and deliver reports to stakeholders and team members

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
19%
2 - 4
39%
5 - 7
19%
8+
23%

Common Skill Sets

CAD Software
Revit
AutoCAD
Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe Photoshop
Indesign
Microsoft Office Suite
LEED

Architectural Designer Seniority Levels

Architectural Drafter
4% made the transition
Architect
42% made the transition
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Architectural Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$64,069 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$49K
Median: $64K
$85K
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