The primary concept behind green architects, as well as green architecture, is to combine the pre-existing knowledge of architecture and mix it with the design as well as the use of green materials and methods to create buildings that minimize the potentially harmful effects on the environment. These self-proclaimed ‘green architects’ use their knowledge and economical awareness to use sustainable materials, acquired through green trade, as well as green energy, heating, and water solutions. They also equipped said buildings with green alternatives to disposing of waste, the conservation of water and electricity, and the usefulness and management of space to create ‘healthier’ (greener) options.
1. Career Requirements
There are a lot of career requirements for you to become not only an architect but a green architect as well. You need to have at least a Bachelors Degree, but more importantly, a Master’s in architecture. You need to have experience as well as a license that permits you to work in all states. You can procure these special architectural licenses and licenses through multiple sources, although the best and most legal route would be NCARB, known as the National Council of Architectural Registration Board.
2. Consider Your Degree Options
As previously stated, you are required to have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. These can only be acquired through the NAAB program. These levels, depending on your education as well as your educational background, are bound to last anywhere from one to five years. These programs contain all of the knowledge you will need to become a safe and legal architect. This includes studies in CAAD programs, i.e., programs that let you visualize, simulate, and design architectural structures within a program, as well as learning the properties as well as physics, math, and biology behind structural materials. These include wood, concrete, metal, and glass, to name a few of the simple ones.
3. Obtain A License
All states, whether they be in the U.S Minor Outlying or the Immediate States, require licenses for architects to legally operate. Being able to apply for and receive your license requires that you have the education and the degree to boot, as well as having completed an internship and having passed the ARE, also known as the Architect Registration Examination.
4. Earn Your Green Certification
This distinction is where it gets trickier than before. In addition to having to jump through hoops to get internships, education, licenses, and jobs, you need to earn your green certification. ‘GC’ is a way for you to practically and legally build structures that are green certified, which means using green materials sourced from green factories and suppliers, as well as using green facilities to design the architect in coalition with the green unions and workers union.
As you can see, there is a lot that goes into becoming an architect, and a green one at that; however, it is always worth it, because the world needs more dreamers and people who are willing to get work done. Not only this but having green architects means having safer working climates, as well as being more environmentally safe and conscious.