Feng Shui Architects
Architects design homes, office buildings, shopping centers, stadiums, and other buildings and structures. The Chinese practice of feng shui focuses on the positive energy flow that occurs through the design of buildings, especially homes, and through the interior arrangement the spaces. Individuals interested in becoming feng shui architects need to become licensed architects and then gain certification in feng shui. As a feng shui architect you'll attend client and design meetings, you'll also design by hand or on a computer, and visit construction work sites.
|Degree Level||A bachelor's from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB); master's or professional doctorate may be required|
|Licensure and Certification||State licensure is required; certification in feng shui voluntary|
|Experience||3-year training period or internship must be completed before applying for state licensure|
|Key Skills||Creativity; good analytical, critical-thinking, and visualization skills; organizational skills; ability to communicate orally and in writing; ability to use computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting (CADD) programs to model buildings|
|Job Outlook (2014-2024)*||7% increase (for architects)|
|Salary||$76,100 (2015 median for architects)|
Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Metropolitan Institute of Design Feng Shui Practitioner Certification, Careerbuilder.com job postings in November 2012
Step 1: Earn Your Degree
As we stated earlier, an architect needs to complete a professional architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Most state registration boards require a degree from an NAAB-accredited program before it will issue a state license to an architect.
The NAAB accredits over 120 schools of architecture across the U.S. including bachelor's, master's, and doctorate programs. The Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) program is a 5-year course of study with an intensive design-oriented curriculum covering topics in architectural history and technology., as well as opportunities for internships and study abroad.
Step 2: Complete Training
According to the (BLS), all state architectural registration boards require architecture graduates to fulfill a training period of at least three years before they may apply for their state licenses. This training may take the form of internships at architecture, engineering, and general contracting companies. Interns help prepare blueprints and drawings, design projects, work on CADD programs, research building codes, and perform other work.
Step 3: Get Your License
Architects who have completed their training period must pass the Architect Registration Examination to obtain a state license. Each state generally follows the licensing guidelines set by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).
Continue your education. Licensed architects must complete some form of continuing education to maintain their licenses, with requirements varying by state. Such training may include formal college classes, conferences, self-study courses, and workshops, according to the BLS.
Step 4: Certify in Feng Shui
Feng shui training programs can be found at interior design schools and training centers. Some schools offer certificate programs that cover subjects such as feng shui fundamentals, Chi connectivity and balance, and the use of yin and yang principles in fabrics, furnishings, and interior design. These classes cover feng shui practices for every room of a home. For example, they discuss the ideal placement for doors, windows, mirrors, and beds. Students also learn how to apply these principles to offices.
If you are still interested in becoming a feng shui architect, remember you'll need at least a Bachelor or Architecture (B.Arch.) and a certificate or formal training in feng shui, after which you may earn a median annual salary of $76,100.