Architect

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

Average salary (a year)

£27,500 Starter

to

£90,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends occasionally

How to become an architect

You can get into this job through:

  • 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.

Entry requirements

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

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Apprenticeship

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

Entry requirements

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

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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.

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Registration

Professional and industry bodies

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

Further information

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

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

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

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in a creative studio or in an office.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

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.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for an architect right now.

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Courses In England

HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment

  • Provider: LAKES COLLEGE WEST CUMBRIA
  • Start date: 09 June 2020
  • Location: WORKINGTON

Construction and the Built Environment (Construction) - Higher National Certificate (HNC)

  • Provider: CITY OF LIVERPOOL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: LIVERPOOL

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