Architectural assistants work with professionals in architecture, facilities management, construction and other fields for the successful completion of any structural project. An architectural assistant produces layouts, drawings, sections and other detailed work that encompasses every step in the architectural process. This job is fascinating because it exposes the architectural assistant to virtually all phases of a structural project. It takes the right background and motivation to become a successful architectural assistant.
Declare a major in architecture in order to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Contact the department’s academic advisor for more information.
Enroll in the necessary coursework. Essential classes include computers, history of architecture and design.
Become familiar and experienced with AutoCAD and other design software. The proper courses in your degree program can provide you with this training.
Seek internship and summer employment opportunities with architectural and engineering firms. A school career center or academic counselor can provide information on these opportunities.
Speak to someone who has worked as an architectural assistant. Getting a first-hand perspective will reveal what the textbooks do not talk about.
Join one or more professional architectural organizations, such as the RIBA. Many of these organizations offer reduced annual fees for students.