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Architects - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, architects:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Talk to others throughout the day. They interact with clients, engineers, drafters, and other staff.
  • Are greatly responsible for work outcomes and results of other workers.
  • Are sometimes placed in conflict situations.
  • Work as part of a team.
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  • Communicate daily by e-mail, phone, and in person with clients and coworkers.
  • Write memos and letters daily.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Almost always work indoors, but occasionally visit construction sites outdoors.
  • Work within several feet of coworkers during meetings.

Work Performance

  • Must be accurate in what they do. Errors could seriously endanger the safety of people using their buildings, or cause building delays.
  • Meet strict weekly deadlines.
  • Work in a highly competitive environment.
  • Make decisions daily that affect others.
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  • Have the freedom to set most of their own tasks and goals. They rarely consult a supervisor before making decisions.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities.


  • Usually work full time.
  • Sometimes work more than 40 hours a week to meet deadlines.
  • Sometimes travel to job sites or to visit clients.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.