Architecture, Planning and Project Management Bursaries in South Africa for 2018
Architecture as a career path
Architects are professionals who design new buildings, redevelopments and recommend alterations to existing buildings. They use construction knowledge and advanced drawing skills to design buildings that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also safe, functional and sustainable.
Architects are involved in a project throughout construction, and often time will adapt their plans in line with client needs, budget constraints and environmental factors. They make up part of the project design team and work in close contact with quantity surveyors, building services engineers and other construction professionals.
Architects play a part in team and project management, they also work closely with other professionals including architectural technologists, quantity surveyors, construction managers and building service engineers.
What duties and responsibilities do Architects have?
If you are thinking of pursuing a career in Architecture, you may want to know what sort of tasks you will be expected to perform in your job – here is a basic outline of the job role:
- Creating highly detailed drawings and building designs (by hand and with the use of computer-aided design (CAD) applications)
- Communicating with other construction professionals about potential project feasibility
- Defining project requirements
- Composing and presenting contracts, proposals, reports and applications
- Tailoring plans in accord with changing circumstances
- Resolving issues or problems that may emerge during construction
- Applying for planning permits, permission and advice from legal and government new build departments
- Visiting proposed locations, building sites and attending client meetings on a regular basis
- Adapting to constraining factors including project budgets, environmental impact and town planning legislation
Town, Urban and Regional Planning as a career path
Town and regional planners estimate future needs for housing, community facilities, business sites, industrial sites and open spaces to meet needs.
Urban and regional planners deal with maintaining the environment and creating convenient, efficient, healthy, equitable and attractive places.
Urban planners work alongside architects to design cities in line with national budgets – they are involved with design, planning, implementation and management of all stages of development, including projects such as highways, communal parks, apartment blocks, high-rise buildings and industrial areas.
What are the requirements for a career in Planning?
If you are thinking of pursuing a career in Town, Urban or Regional Planning, you should meet the requirements as listed below:
- You must be creative
- You must be a critical thinker
- You must have an interest in “going green” with designs
- You must have good a problem solving skills
- You must have good time management skills
- You must have good communication skills
- You must be able to listen to other people’s opinions
- You must be able to think objectively
- You must be decisive and follow through
Project Management as a career path
Project managers are responsible for daily management of a given project, including six aspects of a project – scope, schedule, risk, finance, resources and quality. They work on projects with time limits, budgets and definite outcomes.
Project managers generally conduct the following tasks:
– Plan what must be done and who will do it
– Assess and manage project risks
– Co-ordinate and delegate work to be done by different people
– Motivate the project team
– Ensure that work is completed to standard
– Ensure that the project is sticking to the budget and time limit
– Ensure that the project meets the desired outcomes and benefits
– Deal with any project changes