Architects design new buildings and the spaces around them, and work on the restoration and conservation of existing buildings.
You will need to complete
- a 5-year degree in architecture recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and 2 years’ professional experience:
- Entry requirements vary, so check these with course providers directly. You’ll also usually need a portfolio of your drawings, sketches and photohtaphs to get onto a course
- If you’re ready already working in an architectural practice but can’t study full-time, you could do the RIBA Examination for Office based Candidates
You will need the following skills:
- design and drawing skills;
- a methodical, logical approach;
- analytical skills;
- excellent maths skills;
- communication and negotiating skills;
- IT skills.
- You’ll create designs for clients and you’ll oversee building projects from start to finish
- Your day to day tasks could include:
- Creating detailed technical plans using computer-adied design software
- Creatin a plan, following building laws and safety regulations;
- Working towards budgets;
- Managing construction;
- Choosing Material
- Checking building work and progress
- On larger jobs, you’re likely to be part of a team alongside other architects and architectural technicians or technologists.
The following is a guide only:
|Starter||£27,500 – 35,500 (Qualified)||
|Experienced||£34,750 to £44,000 (Senior Architect)||
|Highly Experienced||Up to £90,000 (Associates, Partners and Directors)||
- You’ll usually work 35 to 40 hours, Monday to Friday.
- You’ll work in an office or studio.
- You’ll often travel to sites and have meetings with clients, planning departments and builders.
- When visiting sites, you’ll wear protective clothing.