Architects create designs for new projects, extensions, redevelopments and alterations. They use their specialist construction knowledge and drawing skills to design buildings that are functional, sustainable, safe and pleasing to the eye. They may also be involved in restoration and conservation work.
Career path and progression
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.
You'll need to complete:
- a 5-year degree in architecture recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB)
- 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 photographs to get onto a course.
The ARB has information on courses.
If you're already working in an architectural practice but can't study full-time, you could do the RIBA studio (previously called the RIBA examination for office-based candidates).
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has more information on becoming an architect.
- Excellent design and drawing skills
- Good creativity
- A keen interest in buildings and the built environment
- Good organisational skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Good communicator both written and verbal
- Excellent IT skills
- Good team player
£27,500 to £35,000