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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 Stratford--Bruce Peninsula 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
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Stratford--Bruce Peninsula Region||<Not assigned>||2012-11-27|
Compared to other occupations, this is not a significant occupation in this region.
In Ontario, the outlook for architects is expected to be fair for the period 2012-2013. Architects are concentrated in large urban areas in Ontario, with almost 90% in the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa and Hamilton. This occupation is sensitive to the level of construction activity which is further dependent on the state of the economy. The high educational requirement for architects may pose a barrier to entry and restrict the labour supply. One area of growth for architects will be designing healthcare, retirement and social facilities for the aging population. Recent trends towards energy conservation and environmental sustainability have created the need for "green" design. Architects with knowledge of sustainable design and computerized design software such as computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), will have better job prospects.
According to the 2006 census, there were 5,200 architects in Ontario. The number of architects in Ontario has remained relatively unchanged over the last two census counts. In this occupation, the average age of workers was 46 compared to 40 years for all occupations in Ontario. Although architects tend to work longer and may choose to work on a project basis post retirement age, some job openings will become available in the next few years due to retirements.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Dec 17 – Dec 21, 2012
- The Stratford Accelerator Centre was launched in partnership with the Stratford Campus of the University of Waterloo. The centre will support development of local digital media and technology start-up companies.
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