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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, architects earned an average annual income of $79,300 in 2011. Workers in the occupation earned $38.13 an hour on average. Architects in the top 10 percent of the pay scale earned more than $119,410 a year, and those in the bottom 10 percent made less than $44,030.

 

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The Importance of Architecture. Architecture is the art and science of designing and building large structures. Large systems, whether buildings, bridges, novels, hardware, or software, require architectures to manage their size and complexity.
Architecture influences all aspects of the built environment and brings together the arts, environmental awareness, sciences and technology. By combining creative design with technical knowledge, architects create the physical environment in which people live, which in turn, influences quality of life.

Not only do architects inform the overall aesthetics of a city or region by pushing the boundaries of design and style, they also make invaluable contributions to the quality of life, public health and sustainability of any given region.By adopting a dynamic approach to the planning, design and maintenance of the built environment, architecture can contribute to lifting productivity and helping us prepare for and mitigate projected future impacts arising from population growth, demographic change and climate change. As a substantial contributor to the design of our cities and towns, architecture also has a significant role to play in improving social inclusion and, in turn, health outcomes in our communities. design and maintenance of the built environment, architecture can contribute to lifting productivity and helping us prepare for and mitigate projected future impacts arising from population growth, demographic change and climate change. As a substantial contributor to the design of our cities and towns, architecture also has a significant role to play in improving social inclusion and, in turn, health outcomes in our communities.

By raising design standards in our cities, urban areas, commercial and residential buildings, the profession as a whole as well as the Institute has a major role in shaping Australia’s future.

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