Originally Posted by experiMental
*sorry to be off topic slightly, mods*
I have a higher Certificate in Construction from DKIT, and also a knowledge of 3dStudio MAX and Photoshop for creating visualization. Would I be qualified to work in architect's office as a design assistant with the architectural design-side (rather than planning, building services and quantity surveying side) of projects?
Do you also know what kinds of duties should I perform as a design assistant (apart from CAD and visualization)?
The General basic positions are Architect +Architectural Technican and most other positions within the office are a variation of these depending on qualification and experience. A certificate in Construction studies is a good base level as it means you should know how a building goes together. It could put you ahead of others looking to get into a practice (as a technician) over those who just have a CAD course.
A sound knowledge of AutoCAD(or Vectorworks, miniCAD et al) on top of another technical qualification is of benefit. I would always look for the qualification first and then the experience when hiring.
(on a side note Generally the building services and quantity surveying are done by other consultants and are rarely handled in house)