The practical and technical requirements vary from one country to another, but you will need to be qualified from a recognized institution, have a good eye for design and details, and a creative approach to problem solving and an interest in building and architecture. The American Institute of Architecture focuses on the three Es: Education, Experience and Examination. It is a career that needs a strong academic background combined with an interest in art and drawing. In addition, a large part of the training involves becoming proficient with computer aided design programmes and understanding the technology involved in building design and construction. You should be inventive, creative and imaginative, do some research and develop a passion for appreciating variety in architecture and built environments, read widely and generally take an interest in the world around you.
Most states in the U.S. require architects to be trained in a program approved by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The programs offered are a Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture or Doctor of Architecture. The majority of Architects in Canada complete a bachelor's or master's degree in architecture from a university program approved by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). Another way to become an architect in Canada is through the apprenticeship offered through the RAIC Syllabus Program.
Good architects are leaders of projects, so good team working, communication and leadership skills are all essential to success.