An architectural designer is a professional who uses his/her artistic skill to design construction plans for a building. A well trained designer should be able to design any plan regardless of the size or complexity of the building.
Before you become an architect you much earn a professional degree from a reputable university. If you have just graduated from high school, you will have to undergo a five-year bachelor of Architecture program. This program is meant for all people who have never had previous architectural training.
If you have pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture or a related area, you will have to undergo a 2-year master of Architecture program. If you have a degree in another discipline other than architecture, you can become an architectural designer after undergoing a 3 or 4-year Master of Architecture program.
In addition to pursuing a degree, you also need to have at least 3-years of on-the-job training for you to become a fully-fledged architect. During the three years you will act as an intern where you will assist in research, preparing architectural documents and build models. To be certified you have to sit for an Architect Registration Examination.
Your responsibilities will be to handle different projects such as designing private residences, factories, highways, office buildings, theaters and any other buildings. As a designer you are limited by your imagination.
When you are presented with a project you should sit down with the client and understand his/her needs. Using your pen and paper you should create the interior and exterior appearances of a structure and ensure that is functional, safe, within the budget, and ideal for people who will be utilizing it.
Although, you will be required to do hand sketches and illustrations, the final design and construction drawings are usually drafted using CADD (computer-aided design and drafting software.
As an architect you work in an office where you spend most of the time researching, designing (house and residential plans), drawing and speaking with clients. Although, you spend most of the time in the office, you should regularly visit the site where construction is going on to ensure that is being done according to plan.
This is what you need to know about the work of an architectural designer. If you are planning of constructing a house, you should seek the services of a designer. For ideal results you should ensure that you hire the services of the most reputable designer that you know of.