Architects (NOC 2151)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Architects conceive, plan and develop designs for the construction and renovation of commercial, institutional and residential buildings.

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Architects work for architectural firms, private corporations, governments or they may be self-employed.

Common job titles
  • architect
  • architect, chief
  • architect, consulting
  • architect, industrial / commercial buildings
  • residential building architect
  • specialist, architectural standards



  • consult with clients to determine type, style and purpose of renovations or new building construction
  • conceive and design buildings and develop plans describing design specifications, building materials, costs and construction schedules
  • prepare sketches and models for clients
  • prepare or oversee 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
  • carry out feasibility studies and financial analyses of building projects

Special duties

Architects may specialize in a type of construction such as residential, commercial, industrial or institutional

Work environment

Work in this field is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office, although some time may be spent on construction sites.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Promotion to senior positions, such as chief architect, is possible with experience.

Additional resources