Architecture, Environment and Design Degrees

People who attend university to earn architecture, environment, and design degrees literally shape the world around us. Those who study architecture and design will learn how to create structures, and may focus on a particular type, such as green, commercial, residential, industrial, or landscape, while those who earn an environmental sciences degree may focus on protecting a natural resource or ecosystem or work in waste management or recycling.

Whilst each path involves a fair amount of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) study, having a strong background in STEM subjects, at secondary school for those working toward undergraduate degrees or undergraduate studies for those working toward graduate degrees, is essential.

Oftentimes, those who work in architecture and environmental sciences have an affinity for nature and enjoy being outside, though jobs also require time indoors for things like planning and bidding. Some people may exclusively work indoors, while others, such as those who take jobs with the forestry service or in a marine environment, may almost exclusively be outdoors for extended periods of time. People who do well in the fields are typically self-motivated and can work well both alone and as part of a team. Because they have the opportunity to leave a major mark on the world which may last generations, attention to detail, organizational skills, and research skills are necessary.

Oftentimes, additional certifications and licenses are necessary in these fields, so it may not be a good choice for someone who doesn’t excel at STEM subjects and isn’t committed to lifelong learning. Lastly, employers, government regulations, clients, and other parties all have a say in the work done by these professionals, so the paths are better-suited to those who can pivot with ideas quickly and use constructive criticism to enhance a project.