Mid-Level Architect/Designer

Job Description

Mid-Level Architect/Designers typically carry out most of an architectural firm’s work. They are the workhorses of their companies.

Most Mid-Level Architect/Designers bring several years of on-the-job experience to their roles. They lend their talents to a broad scope of work, including helping prepare architectural plans and designs, assisting in essential presentations, developing and finalizing building plans, and overseeing work done by more junior-level architects.  

The nature of their work is typically collaborative, working as part of a team under the supervision of a Senior Architect or Lead Designer, often with the goal of moving upward to fill a similar position. 

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist Senior Architects through all phases of a project, from proposal to delivery
  • Help to plan, draw, and design for project completion
  • Produce renderings, illustrations, and construction documents to support design concepts
  • Review project proposals and specs
  • Assist in directing Junior Architects and Designers
  • Help coordinate details of architectural projects

Education and Background

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in architecture, and at least two years of architecture and design experience.

Skills and Proficiencies

  • Proficient in AutoCAD, SketchUp, and related software applications
  • Expertise in hand drawing and designing, including color rendering
  • Excellent communications and presentation skills
  • Experience producing construction documents
  • Knowledge of physical model-making
  • Strong leadership and collaborative skills

Compensation

According to Payscale the median annual salary of a Mid-Level Architect/Designer with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $90,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $89,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $88,000
  • Miami, Florida: $85,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $94,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $90,000
  • Houston, Texas: $85,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $95,000
  • New York City, New York: $94,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $93,000
  • Overall: $93,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $106,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $120,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $110,000
  • Miami, Florida: $99,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $124,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $114,000
  • Houston, Texas: $110,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $130,000
  • New York City, New York: $125,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $129,000
  • Overall: $118,000

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Career Path

All architects need to earn a license from the licensing board of the state where they plan to practice. Other ways to stand out in the architecture field include further schooling beyond a bachelor’s degree and passing the Architect Registration Examination®, created to assess knowledge and skills in the practice of architecture. Mid-Level Architect/Designers can earn advances and promotions to more senior levels by gaining experience and producing outstanding work.

Position Trends

With a large number of students graduating with degrees in architecture, there will be stiff competition for internships and jobs in the field.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for architects is projected to grow eight percent through 2028, which is faster than average for jobs across all occupations.  

Typical Hours

The typical work hours for a Mid-Level Architect/Designer are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., generally in an office setting, with after-hours or weekend hours as needed. 

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