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Architects creatively shape our environment by designing the buildings and spaces around us. They bring new structures to life and restore or renovate existing ones. Architects collaborate with others to ensure that designs are fit for purpose and safe, whether they’re working on individual buildings or large developments.
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There are several routes to becoming an architect. You could do a university degree, an apprenticeship, or on-the-job training.
You should explore these routes to becoming an architect to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
To qualify as an architect you’ll need to complete a five-year university course recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), followed by at least two years of professional experience.
To get onto an architecture degree you’ll need:
Many universities will ask to see a portfolio of your drawings before accepting you onto the course.
You can become an architect by doing an architect degree apprenticeship.
For this, you’ll need:
You could apply directly to an architectural company if you have an interest/experience in this type of work. You could start your career as an architectural assistant and gain qualifications part-time.
To help decide whether architecture is for you, further your skills and impress employers, you could gain some work experience in addition to the placements you’ll undertake whilst training.
As an architect, you will be responsible for creating designs for new building and projects. Duties may include using specialist tools and understanding the requirements of the business or client.
The job role of an architect involves the following duties:
The expected salary for an architect varies as you become more experienced.
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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Your progression will vary depending on what level of study you’ve completed, what you decide to specialise in, and where you choose to work.
Many architects specialise in one area, such as sustainable, restoration or residential architecture. Some go into architectural technology and create building plans and simulations.
Architects are employed by independent practices, central and local governments, construction companies, and commercial and industrial organisations. Some architects work in education, set up their own businesses, or become freelance project consultants.
If you work for a private practice, you may be able to move up into a senior architect, partner or associate role. In public sector roles, you could become a project manager or lead architect.
Explore the progression opportunities below