I guess that out in the world there are professional architects that do nothing else in the least! Their whole job is pretty much spent entirely working on blueprints, crafting specialized structures for companies and customers that pay big money.
I don’t actually know if I would really enjoy that or not, although I never had the choice! Being an architect is essentially just a part of what I do for my business, although I am so much more hands on then you might expect from an architect.
I easily work hand in hand with multiple other people at the business to make sure all the designs are doable and cost effective. The blueprint is totally worthless if it is for something you can’t have your construction crew build for you. We also need to easily be sure all of the plans for future structures will be ADA compliant construction projects, which is more critical now than ever before. Our business works on a good amount of small and mid level construction projects, however have yet to build anything as huge as an arena or major concert site. We have done a little sport complex construction, however it wasn’t something like a Superdome, it was a little league field. Technically it was sport complex construction, although I guess it’s somewhat of a cheat to say that a couple of fenced in dug-outs and a few bleachers is a true “complex.” I have no desire in the slightest to design anything that elaborate, anyway. Residential home design and construction has been where we have been getting all the work. Even before COVID a pretty good amount of companies were falling off, and commercial construction works assignments were starting to dry up.