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Project Architect vs Construction Project Manager job

lerinat

Dear reader,

I feel the need for an advice on deciding on a job opportunity. I am an architecture graduate with a 5 year experience in architectural projects, working on design, implementation of different types of buildings and also some urban projects for small to medium size studios. Lately an opportunity has been offered to me by a big company to work as a construction project manager on a small infrastructure project. Salary is double of what i currently get, but the downside is my job will be mainly construction managerial and not design related which sets some doubts into my mind on whether or not i should accept it. Should i go for it and get experience on a new construction and managerial level or should i continue working as a project architect. If someone has ever been here to make a choice i would appreciate some perspective. 

 
Aug 18, 17 9:53 am
auninja91

is it a contract for the small infrastructure project or permanent possition? Double salaray seems like it would be a push to take the job..Can't you always try it out for a year and if you don't like it go back to being a project architect?

Aug 18, 17 10:09 am
Rusty!

You went to design school to learn design. And you did. Of course a construction company will prefer someone who understands design over someone who got a college degree in construction management.

Take the higher paying gig as long as your ego can handle it. Ego and design are indistinguishable in this profession.

Aug 18, 17 11:29 am
LITS4FormZ

Take the construction management job without hesitation. Take the financial portion out of the equation. Construction managers are concerned with managing schedule, cost and quality. An essential balancing act that is required if you want to make the jump from Project Architect to Project Principal in the architecture world.

You will be in a position to liaise with engineers and architects on the project and they'll be more receptive to your ideas since you both speak the same language. You've been in their shoes, that makes you an invaluable resource for the project. 

The same goes for the construction team, you work for/with them now. You can help represent their interests and will surely be able to put together their ideas better than a scribble on a piece of 2x4 and help move the project along.  

The hours will likely be longer and "more intense" in the field. If you don't mind that, go for it. 

Aug 18, 17 11:35 am
starrchitect

Go for construction management. Higher pay and better experience opportunities. You will not gain much "designing" esp. this early in your career. 

Aug 18, 17 12:13 pm

CM. The construction experience will pay dividends if you go back to architecture.  

Aug 18, 17 3:54 pm
lerinat

Looking back at the works I have done it is true that very few hours were spent on design and more were spent modelling, detailing or documenting projects. I guess it might be really valuable to get some experience as a CM and use it later on as an architect also, to make the jump to project principal. Gonna write my resignation on Monday.


Thank you everyone for the comments!

Aug 19, 17 1:00 pm
LITS4FormZ

Best of luck! Please come back and let us know how it goes. 

Aug 19, 17 5:08 pm
SARLOS

Architecture is not design - design is part of archiecture.  It includes briefing, cost planning, tendering and Contract Administration skills.  Construction Management skills are an important part of ARCHITECTURE - the money is a bonus.  

Aug 22, 17 6:10 pm

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