An information architect is a person who plans the flow of information on Web pages. This use of the word architect is not related to building design.
The services of a licensed architect depend on the type of project; fees may range from 10% to 15% of the total construction costs.
Becoming an architect
Architecture is taught in a different way to the majority of other subjects. Most of your studies will be based in the studio for design work, or tutorials and ‘crits’ (critiques). The crit, a common term in art and design education, is where you present your design project work to tutors (and other students) who provide feedback. You will also attend history, theory & technology lectures and computer aided design tutorials, have essays to write, site visits to go on, and visits to buildings and places of interest.
Some schools of architecture provide opportunities for hands-on building projects; and some also offer specialist areas of study or have developed strengths in particular areas, for example sustainability, urban design or construction technology. Skills in problem-solving and team-working are also developed through project work.
Qualifying as an architect in the United Kingdom involves a combination of academic studies and professional experience within a practice, and takes a minimum of seven years to complete. However, an architect must commit themselves to ongoing development and learning throughout their professional career.