Design

Architect

Architects design new buildings and the spaces around them, and work on the restoration and conservation of existing buildings.

Annual Salary

£27,500 to £90,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40

What's it all about?

In this role you could be:

  • creating detailed technical plans using CAD software
  • creating a plan, following building laws and safety regulations
  • working towards budgets
  • managing construction
  • choosing materials
  • checking building work and progress
  • communicating and sharing ideas with other architects and architectural technicians

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You'll need to complete:

  • a degree recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB)
  • a year of practical work experience
  • another 2 years' full-time university course like BArch, Diploma, MArch
  • a further year of practical training
  • a final qualifying exam

Many course providers will also want to see a portfolio of your drawings and sketches.

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, maths and a science
  • 3 A levels including maths

Apprenticeship

You can get into this role through an architect degree apprenticeship.

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

Work

If you're already working at a high level in an architectural practice but can't study full time, you could qualify through RIBA Studio.

Registration

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Royal Institute of British Architects, for training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

You can find out more about becoming an architect from the Royal Institute of British Architects and Go Construct

£27,500 to £90,000

Starter salary: £27,500 to £35,500 (qualified)

Experienced salary: £34,750 to £44,000 (senior architect)

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

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.

If you're working for a private architectural firm, you may be able to move up to become a partner or associate.

In public sector roles, with experience you could move into a lead architect job.

You could also work on projects as a freelance consultant, or set up your own business.

You may get opportunities to work overseas.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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