Showing posts with label architecture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label architecture. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Landscape Design - Let the Surroundings Look More Beautiful

You visit a mall and notice how the parking lot looks drab and devoid of any natural scenery. You know exactly how to redesign the parking lot with some trees and lawns making it look better. You know exactly how to lay the water lines for the lawn. You visited an old relative in Texas and you talked about how cast iron plants and bottlebrush plants make the garden look good. You know your local plants, seasons and how they provide color and beauty to buildings and homes. You are good at reading a diagram or layout of a building and figuring out how the landscape should look like. You are a perfect candidate for the field of landscape designing.

It is time you invested in a formal education to convert your knowledge, skill and hobby into a full time vocation and career. The field of illustration and landscape design has changed over the years. More companies and offices across the nation are looking at redesigning the landscape and surroundings to make it more pleasant. In recent years more businesses across the nation are investing in ecological and functional landscapes.

An illustration and landscape designer course would've you studying the various plants and shrubs for summer, fall and spring seasons. You will be studying site analysis and site engineering. You will perform site visits to make estimates and analysis about the number of plants required and their impact on the natural surroundings of the building. You will work with guiding and supervising the various site engineering operations that involve construction, soil building and installation of water and energy efficient systems. You will be employed at various landscape design firms, architecture offices, nurseries and independent contractors. Many are employed at full time jobs across the nation; however, there are many landscape designers who work as freelance consultants. You will also find work loads changing according to the season depending on where you live and work. Your work will involve a combination of indoor and outdoor work. You will be working at a computer desk using computer aided design software to create the design and layout for your clients and you will often visit sites to survey the layout and surroundings.

You will have an exciting time working with many different clients each with a different perspective on what will look good on their building. A residential building owner will have a totally different view from an architect who is designing a commercial building for offices. The job demands hard work, patience and creativity. Your landscape design will bring cheer and joy in your community. It will provide a charming and pleasant workplace for many people. So go out there and paint the town 'Green.'

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Architectural Engineering - Schools for Architecture, Engineering Programs,Colleges for Architecture

OVERVIEW : Architectural engineers are responsible of designing various service elements which are very important to any building structure. They are also responsible in transforming the vision and design of an architect into reality by implementing the drawings prepared by an architect on the actual site of construction. Architectural engineers serve as an interface between the architects and various other important team members of a construction team and help in the proper implementation of the design of the architect. Architectural engineering involves study of subjects like fundamentals of engineering, building construction, structures, mathematics, physical sciences, surveying, computer programming and as well as architectural history and design.

Architectural Engineering
JOB DESCRIPTION : Architects design buildings and architectural engineers design and implement the various building systems which are very important for the functionality of a building. These systems include heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fire fighting, electric and water supply and sewerage systems. These are the life line of any building and without them, the building would not be a functional building and hence not livable. Architectural engineers apply the principles of engineering to a particular building or structure and make the planning, functionality and design of a building implemented on the construction site. 

Architectural engineering often involves interaction and deriving elements from other branches of engineering such as civil and mechanical engineering. One other important task that architectural engineers perform is the viability of the structural integrity of a building. Here also, this function overlaps with a specific branch of engineering itself, namely structural engineering. However, while structural engineers may be involved in the design of various structural elements of a building and an occasional site visit, the architectural/constructional engineers implement the structural layout or design on the construction site. Architectural engineers may also be involved with acoustics and lighting planning of a building. Architectural/constructional engineering may also be involved with making the design of a building sustainable and making it energy efficient. They also study construction technology so that they can implement the design of an architect in a better and more efficient manner.

JOB OUTLOOK : There are very few architectural engineering programs offered in United States and hence the students have fairly good prospects in the job market after completing their studies. Architectural/constructional engineering course is of four to five years duration after which students may find good job prospects in a particular specialized field.

DEGREES OFFERED : Associates  - Bachelor's  - Master's  - Doctorate/PhD  - Certificate 

SALARY :
$74,000 according to various industry sources.

EXPECTED JOB GROWTH : According to the Engineering Workforce Commission of the American Association of Engineering Societies "Engineers' Salaries: Special Industry Report," the median annual salary of an architectural engineer with 9-10 years of experience may be $74,000. Architectural engineers work in the construction industry companies and some of them may be self employed.