So, you want to be a Building Designer?
Here’s what you need.
- Good computer skills
- Good at math and science
- Good communication skills
- An eye for detail
- Logical thinker
What do Building designers do?
- prepare drawings, showing internal and external layouts of the buildings
- analyse architects' or other designers' concepts, and prepare preliminary sketches and detailed instructions
- use computers or manually produce designs, detailed drawings and documentation
- prepare working drawings showing plans, elevations, sections, materials and finishes, as well as other aspects such as layouts, plumbing, drainage, car parking and landscaping
- calculate the quantity and quality of materials needed, material and labour costs and project completion dates
- interpret client briefs and prepare and develop sketch plans for client approval
- help prepare building specifications for building plans to suit individual clients
- represent or assist architects on building sites to make sure that plans and specifications are followed
- liaise with local government organisations
- examine relevant codes and by-laws in the course of undertaking project documentation.
How do a become a building designer?
Firstly, you will need to do some work experience so that you know what the job is about. If you think it’s for you, you can find an employer that is looking for an trainee building designer or draftsperson. Alternatively, you can go directly into training at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) such as TAFE and begin courses from certificate IV level right up to Advanced Diploma.
Once you are a building designer, you can work for small or large companies and move into supervising or management positions. You might even want to start your own business and employ building designers yourself. A qualified building designer his very employable and you may even be able to use your qualifications to work overseas.