What Are the People That Design Buildings Called?

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Architects are professionals that design buildings. An architect meets with a government or private sector client to discuss goals and plans for a building. The architect then uses computer programs to develop drawings of the buildings, which are then used by construction companies to build the structure.

Architects typically use computer-aided design programs to create blueprints for the building. After the design, the client must approve the drawing before construction begins. As the project progresses, the architect stops by the site to check on the work and to address any issues that arise. An aspiring architect must complete a five-year architecture degree and a three year internship before taking a licensing exam.