Architectural Project ManagerJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Do you enjoy managing, planning, and figuring out budgets and timelines? Do you want to help bring architectural projects to life? Then a career as an Architectural Project Manager might be a perfect fit.

Architectural Project Managers use their talents in nearly every aspect of a construction project. They consult with clients, visit construction sites, and collaborate with engineers, architects, contractors, and more as they assess project needs, timelines and budgets, and manage each project from planning through to fruition.

It’s a demanding but rewarding role. An Architectural Project Manager must have keen attention to detail, excellent time management, and strong problem-solving and communication skills to balance client needs, contractor schedules, and construction logistics, ensuring successful project completion.

Sample job description

[Your Company Name] is in need of an experienced leader to fulfill the role of Architectural Project Manager. We are in need of someone with 5-10 years of architectural experience because you will be overseeing construction projects from preliminary designs until completion. We are looking for someone who can communicate clearly with colleagues across multiple disciplines such as engineers and interior designers. You will be supervising other designers and architects and preparing schedules and budgets throughout the progression of construction projects. You will also be asked to work on the administrative end processing contracts and financial documents so your integrity and attention to detail are key

Typical duties and responsibilities

  • Develop and review building plans in collaboration with design and architect teams
  • Estimate project costs and budgets
  • Consult with clients
  • Manage relationships with contractors and vendors
  • Develop and oversee schedules and timelines
  • Manage site planning and compliance

Education and experience

Degree in architecture or a related field. Employers often prefer job candidates with certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Required skills and qualifications

  • Strong leadership abilities
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Experience with proposal management
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD and related drafting software
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Expertise in budgeting and creating project timelines
  • Strong collaborative and problem-solving skills

Preferred qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience in architecture management
  • Demonstrates success in building and growing new accounts 
  • Understands how to strategically and effectively navigate large, complex projects
  • Ability to work under pressure, organize, and prioritize responsibilities

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for Architectural Project Manager is $98,000 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$97,450$131,850
Los Angeles, California$109,950$148,750
Denver, Colorado$91,600$123,950
Washington, DC$111,600$151,000
Miami, Florida$91,200$123,400
Orlando, Florida$84,100$113,850
Tampa, Florida$84,950$114,950
Atlanta, Georgia$89,100$120,550
Chicago, Illinois$102,450$138,600
Boston, Massachusetts$110,750$149,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$88,250$119,450
New York City, New York$116,600$157,750
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$94,950$128,450
Dallas, Texas$92,450$125,050
Houston, Texas$92,050$124,500
Seattle, Washington$106,600$144,250
National Average$83,300$112,700

Typical work environment

As an architectural project manager, you will have the opportunity to work with professionals from other disciplines such as engineers, landscape architects, and interior designers. Most architectural project managers spend time both inside and outdoors and may spend a lot of time sitting at a desk working at a computer. They will be in their office working on plans, meeting with clients, and budgeting, as well as on construction sites to oversee the progress of their projects. While on site, principal architects will need to be able to follow appropriate safety protocols for construction sites, including wearing hard hats and protective gear.

Typical hours

The typical work hours for a Project Manager are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, generally in an office setting.

Available certifications

Companies look at certifications as a way to ensure their future employees are well qualified as architectural project managers. Here are a few options:

  • Certified Construction Manager (CCM). This certification showcases your leadership and professionalism and recognizes career advancement and pursuit of continued education within the field.  An exam is required and the certification can be renewed every three years.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP). This certification is awarded to those with successful project management skills. You are required to have two or more years of experience before applying, and the certification can be renewed every three years. This exam covers six topics regarding project management: Initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, closing, professional and social responsibility while completing those projects.
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). This certification is for those who want to improve their project management skills. It requires 23 hours of education and a 3-hour long test with 150 questions. This certification can be taken at any level of your career and needs to be renewed every three years.

Career path

Becoming a Project Manager typically requires a bachelor’s degree in architecture or a related field. Earning certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) can help advance a career path in project management.

US, Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job outlook

SOC Code: 11-9041

2020 Employment197,800
Projected Employment in 2030205,900
Projected 2020-2030 Percentage Shift 4% increase
Projected 2020-2030 Numeric Shift8,100 increase

The typical work hours for a Project Manager are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, generally iProject management is continually evolving, and good Project Managers keep up with trends in their fields. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is starting to make waves in project management; when implemented correctly, AI can help give new insights into workflow and resource use. Also, more and more Project Managers are managing teams remotely. This trend can mean greater agility and efficient use of resources but requires Project Managers to master new ways of doing their jobs.

Sample interview questions

  • How do you feel about working with colleagues across multiple disciplines?
  • Why did you want to become an architect?  
  • Describe something you designed that you’re especially proud of.  
  • Tell me about a time that you needed to meet a deadline and it was successful.   
  • Where do you see your career heading in the next five years?
  • What do you like about working in the architecture industry?
  • What are some challenges you experience in the architectural industry?  
  • Who is an architect or designer you admire? Why?  
  • Can you describe how you delegate tasks in your team? 
  • Tell me about a time where your actions didn’t line up with your core values.
  • What is your ideal workspace environment?
  • Why did you leave your previous job?
  • What programs do you like to use when designing your projects? 
  • Tell me about your favorite project you have ever been a part of?  What part did you play? 
  • What is your management style?
  • Tell me about a time you made a mistake. How did you handle it? 
  • What expectations do you have for yourself as an architectural project manager? 
  • Describe a time you received criticism from your supervisor. How did you respond to it? 
  • What is your least favorite project you have done and why?

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