Imagine your dream house turning into reality, with details you only see in celebrity homes: mood-setting cove lights, floor to ceiling windows, and a gorgeous brick façade. When you’ve saved enough to make it into reality, who you gonna call?
The Architect, of course. Said professional designs buildings and structures for a living. In houses, for example, they can get all creative and design a cross between the modern and the 18th century, or be completely traditional and follow the usual forms we’ve associated with houses such as having a roof plus four walls etc. The Architect’s job details can include any of the following:
a. Design a structure for the client, either for residential or commercial purposes amongst others
b. Prepare the drawings for the needed government unit permits and actual construction
c. Coordinate with the needed technical professionals
d. Conduct a punchlist to deliver the goods as signed in the contract
The more technical and legal definition of the Architect is in the Republic Act of 9266 or the Architecture Act of 2004:
“A person professionally and academically qualified, registered and licensed under this Act with a Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card issued by the Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture and the Professional Regulation Commission, and who is responsible for advocating the fair and sustainable development, welfare and cultural expression of society’s habitat in terms of space, forms and historical context.”
The aspiring Architect endures five years of college, before finally taking and passing the Architect Licensure Exam to be able to practice. Plenty of universities in the country offer a degree in Architecture. Making the decision to choose or shift your career to architecture? A good place to start is to take a peek at the syllabus if there are questions about the number of math subjects involved
Aside from checking out the degree in advance, some research on architects as professionals would also help. The United Architects of the Philippines is the integrated and accredited professional organization of architects in the country.
Congress of the Philippines. (2003). Architecture Act of 2004. Retrieved October 23, 2013 from http://www.architectureboard.ph/1%20LAWS%20%28&Regns%29ON%20ARCH3/101%202004_RepActNo.9266/R.A.%20No.%209266.pdf
The United Architects of the Philippines. (2013). Retrieved October 23, 2013 http://www.united-architects.org