I would like to dedicate this project to my mom, my dad, and my sister.
My parents support me, and my little sister pushes me forward with the
crazy stuff she does.
Why I Chose This Topic
There is one reason I decided to take this opportunity to study all
about architecture. I chose architecture because I thought it would be
Architects are trained civilians paid to design and help build
structures. They specialize in designing anything that is tall
enough for you to look at the inside of. They can usually create almost
anything you can think of, from churches to hospitals.
Most architects make an average of $46,690-$79,230 a year. Architects
are still being paid back for the four years of college they had to pay
for years before, so I guess it’s fair. The minimum
schooling requirements for an architect is a Bachelors Degree (4
years of college) Since 25% of architects are self-employed and find
their own projects, earnings depend on the demands of work in that
location. It also depends on how hard the architect work and how hard
they look for clients.
Architects need to have quite a few personal qualities. They need to be
extraordinary artists to draw what the project will look like after the
alterations. They also need to have a good imagination to be able to
envision what to draw. After I interviewed Mr. Irons I drove past
the place that he had drawn and I thought about how good he had drawn
it, and it AMAZED me!
Where They Work/Schedule
Most of an architects’ time is taken up in offices consulting with
clients, developing reports and drawings, and working with other
architects and engineers. Although a majority of architects work
approximately 40 hrs a week, they often have to work nights and
weekends to meet deadlines.
Tools Used/Materials Needed
Most architects need a pencil, a pen, a box of colored pencils or
crayons, and a BIG sheet of paper. They always need a hard surface, and
a place to sit on, preferably a desk with a chair in an office.
The closest related job is of a builder. The architect designs the
house, but the builder just, well, builds it. So, really, if you think
about it, there’s only one difference between the two.
Did you know that an architect is pretty much a PERFECT artist,
just drawing (and designing) buildings only instead of drawing whatever
they want as a professional artist would.
Who I Interviewed and What I Learned
I interviewed Mr. Scott Irons. He is a Yakima architect who helps with
home-design, but he’s a great artist, and people have him draw what the
product will look like after the transformation, kind of like a town
makeover. He taught me that architects need to understand art, or they
aren’t going to be very successful job-wise. Mr. Irons showed me a plan
they were about to work on for Yakima Ave, where they were going to
re-do the sidewalk. He said that taking an art class at a young age
helped to teach him that architecture was what he really wanted as a
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Irons, Scott. Personal interview. August 28, 2005
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<http://www.bls.gov/oco/print/ocos038.htm> January 17, 2006
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New York: Peter Bedrick Books, 1996. Pp. 44-46.
Jessop, Joanne. The X-ray Picture Book of Big
Buildings of the Modern World. New York: Franklin Watts,1994 Pp.
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