By Nsim Team
If you want to become a restoration architect, you first need to determine if this career path is a good fit for your skills, interests and personality traits. If the following description sounds like you, then you’re probably well suited for a career as a restoration architect:
• You have an interest in history, architecture and conservation
• You have an understanding of architectural theory and design
• You have an understanding of structural engineering
• You are excited by the idea of facing frequent unforeseen challenges
• You are comfortable working in a lab, construction site or office setting
Restoration architects are architectural professionals that specialize in the preservation and conservation of historic buildings and monuments; they must alter or restore these buildings and monuments in order to prevent their deterioration.
Restoration architects are an integral part of a restoration project from conception to completion, and they may work on projects of various size and scale.
In order to become a restoration architect, you typically need a master’s degree in conservation architecture, historic preservation, or a subject related to building renovation, restoration and rehabilitation, or historical preservation and conservation. Completing coursework in one of these areas will ensure that students have gained a sufficient understanding of the required background in architecture and design.
Graduate programs in these areas also typically give students the opportunity to pursue coursework in areas of interest or aspired specialization, such as history, project management, or preservation technologies.
In order to become effective in a career as a restoration architect, you need to posses a certain set of skills. These attributes will allow you to perform your job duties with competence, and as a result they are often listed on Restoration Architect job postings.
• An understanding of architectural theory and design
• An understanding of structural engineering
• An understanding of the materials and methods used in North American cold climate construction
• An understanding of mechanical and electrical building systems
• Proficient in computer-aided design and drafting
• Able to work independently as well as part of a restoration team
• Knowledge of local history, specifically as it relates to various project sites or buildings
• Able to effectively communicate with various team members and stakeholders
• People and project management skills
Restoration architects may be employed on a part-time, full-time or contractual basis by the following types of organizations:
• Private non-profit preservation and conservation groups
• Architectural and engineering consulting firms
• Provincial/state government historic preservation office
• Municipal preservation commissions
• Private building owners
• Federal government departments, such as The National Trust for Historic Preservation (U.S.)
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