To become an Architectural Assistant it was necessary for me to gain a degree in Architecture including RIBA part 1 qualification and also a Masters of Architecture degree with a RIBA part 2 qualification.

Additionally to progress towards becoming an Architect I will need to complete a RIBA part 3 qualification.

It gives me a great sense of achievement seeing the spaces I have designed being used

Based Caterham
Employer Croudace Homes Limited

Which company do you work for and what do they do?

Within the design department at Croudace Homes Limited, our main objective is to produce design drawings and reports for sites that have been purchased to obtain planning permission.

This can include producing site layouts, house types and performing public consultation exhibitions; where our designs and strategies for each development are presented to the public.

In addition the department also produces visualisations for sales brochures and the specifications to be used inside each of our homes.

I chose this career because I wanted to be able to design places and spaces that will be used by individuals on a daily basis

Christopher Evans

Architectural assistant

Describe what you do in a few sentences

My specific role is to develop a site ready for a planning application. This involves designing and drawing up site layouts, street scenes and house types for each specific site.

Additionally my role includes presenting at public exhibitions and co-ordinating the production of planning specific reports such as; ecological reports, transport assessments, flood risk assessments and drainage strategies.

Once a site I am working on has gained planning permission my role develops into assisting the technical department with planning and design specific issues relating to the producing of working and engineering drawings.


What is your favourite thing about your job?

 

One specific aspect that I enjoy doing in my job is the challenge of producing site layout designs that are functional, that comply with all planning policies and are also attractive places to live.

Another aspect of my job that I enjoy is the ability to see my designs come to fruition. It gives me a great sense of achievement seeing the spaces I have designed being used.


Why did you choose a career in construction?

I chose this career because I wanted to be able to design places and spaces that will be used by individuals on a daily basis. Furthermore this career has also allowed me to utilise my creative and technical abilities through my architectural designs.