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)


Working Conditions

  • 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.

Further Information

For further information click on the links below:

Next Steps

Architects Registration Board

Royal Institute of British Architects