Spanning Canada and the United States, North America is home to a plethora of major industry players, including Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's second-largest publicly traded company after Royal Dutch Shell. The region's oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing oil sands, deepwater gulf prospects and increasingly profitable shale deposits stretching across the continent. One of the premier sweet spots for deepwater exploration, the Gulf of Mexico is the largest body of water indenting the U.S. continental coastline, and its subsea developments continue to spark both national and international interest.
Architects are responsible for planning, designing, and overseeing the construction of buildings and structures, and their main goal is to build a structure as efficiently and safely as possible. They are most notably involved in the initial design and construction phase, but will stay involved throughout the course of a project. In the oil and gas industry, architects are involved in the construction of buildings and other civil projects where they will work with structural and civil engineers and designers, as well as construction managers and engineers.