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Professions in architecture

An architect may work in the following fields :

design and construction of buildings,
management and supervision of construction sites,
maintenance, refurbishment, transformation and enlargement of buildings,
building safety,
interior or exterior design of a building,
conservation and restoration of historic monuments,
urban design,
graphic design and new media,

as well as...

scheduling and organization of operations,
design and alteration of public spaces,
impact and environmental studies,
advice to local authorities,
assistance with private project ownership,
expert appraisals for courts,
set design,
naval architecture,
organization and communications roles


If you are interested in this profession, consult the resources below :

Documentation about the profession :  

The site for the network of architecture and urban design activities and professions:
Access to the profession, conditions for carrying it out, corporate and tax questions, subcontracting of orders
"Company purpose" (Help with choosing the best legal, fiscal or corporate status for the company and its manager)
Information and documents to download (standard contracts, collective agreements)
Assessment of the architecture profession 2005 (study by the IFOP, French institute of public opinion) (in French)
“Mediation” forms from MIQCP, Inter-ministerial agency for the quality of public constructions. The MIQCP answer frequently asked questions via practical "Mediation" forms. These cover application of the MOP law (on public and private project ownership), procedures for choosing a project manager, project management contracts and scheduling assessments.

References to works :

Les formations d'urbaniste dans cinq pays européens [Training to be an urban designer in five European countries] :Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, Robert Laugier, study carried out for the professional networks office of the Ministry of Infrastructure’s planning, habitat and construction directorate (DGUHC), April 2005, 175pp.

De la maîtrise d'oeuvre en France.Constat et perspectives [About project management in France. Objectives and perspectives]: Jean-Paul Garcia, general roads and bridges engineer, Harvard Business School graduate, and Philippe Grand, chief roads and bridges engineer, DPLG architect - April 2003.