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Architects conceptualize, plan and develop designs for the construction and renovation of commercial, institutional and residential buildings. They are employed by architectural firms, private corporations and governments, or they may be self-employed.
architect, architectural standards specialist, chief architect, consulting architect, industrial and commercial buildings architect, residential architect.
- Consult with clients to determine type, style and purpose of renovations or new building construction being considered
- Conceptualize and design buildings and develop plans describing design specifications, building materials, costs and construction schedules
- Prepare sketches and models for clients
- Prepare or supervise the preparation of drawings, specifications and other construction documents for use by contractors and tradespersons
- Prepare bidding documents, participate in contract negotiations and award construction contracts
- Monitor activities on construction sites to ensure compliance with specifications
- Conduct feasibility studies and financial analyses of building projects.
Architects may specialize in a particular type of construction such as residential, commercial, industrial or institutional.
Outlook & Prospects for Architects in Halifax Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Currently the chances of qualified Architects finding employment are considered to be fair in the local area. Demand for architects is linked to activity in the construction industry, especially commercial and industrial projects. The economic downturn caused some companies to cut back on investment spending and some major projects to be delayed, although large projects proceeded such as the $42 million Canada Games Centre, the 19-storey Trillium condominium project, as well as numerous projects linked to government stimulus money - to name a few. There are also a number of multimillion dollar projects underway such as King's Wharf, construction of the new submarine maintenance facility at the naval dockyard and Nova Scotia Power's $53.4-million headquarters.
Many architects are self employed or are employed with small firms. Computer-aided design is becoming prevalent in this occupation, and those familiar with CAD technology will have better employment prospects. The ten provincial associations of architects in Canada have adopted a standardized process for admission to the architect profession known as the Internship in Architecture Program (IAP). All provincial associations require that an intern architect gains at least 5600 hours of work experience in specified areas of architectural practice.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Architects in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Architects (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market News
Week of May 06 – May 10, 2013
- The province’s biotech industry has taken over the Halifax-based medical research lab previously operated by the National Research Council to save it from closure. The lab employs 13 people.
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- Flight-simulation developer Atlantis Systems Corp., which employs 73 people in Dartmouth, will work with Calian Technologies Ltd. as part of a two-year technician training project for the Defence Department beginning in 2013
Week of Mar 04 – Mar 08, 2013
- The IBM Canadian Delivery Centre in Bedford opened in March 2013 and may eventually employ 500 IT professionals
Week of Jan 14 – Jan 18, 2013
- UItra Electronics of Dartmouth has a contract to upgrade sonar technology for South Korea’s defence department. Some of the work will be subcontracted to two other local companies, GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. and Pernix Technologies Ltd.
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