What Qualifications are needed to work in the Architecture Industry?
There’s a wide range of positions in the Architecture industry. This creative industry provides you with an adaptable set of skills that can give you entry to a vast range of occupations leading in many career directions. It offers employment opportunities for Art & Design students who can particularly utilise their artistic, design, creative problem-solving abilities and expertise in connecting different ideas and concepts.
Level 2: GCSE (5 C-A*)
Level 3-4: A-level, BTEC, Diploma, Apprenticeship
Level 5-6: Degree Apprenticeship, University Degree, HND
Level 7: Masters Degree.
Become an architect
Architecture offers an inspiring and innovative career for those with the right technical and creative aptitude.
An architect designs new buildings, extensions or alterations to existing structures, and advises on the restoration and conservation of old properties. Architecture offers an inspiring and innovative career for those with the right technical and creative aptitude. Architects work closely with clients and users, making sure that projected designs match requirements and are functional, safe and economical. Architects control a project from start to finish and work with several construction professionals, including surveyors and engineers. In addition to the professional experience required, any pre-entry work experience in an architectural, design or construction environment is desirable and highly regarded by recruiters.
Architects should regularly practice drawing to enhance skills. Model-making skills are also an advantage. It’s important to take an interest in publications or TV programmes about buildings, and to keep up to date with the current trends in architecture and design.
A day in the life of an architect
Discussing ideas, objectives, requirements and the budget of a project
Consulting with other professionals about design
Assessing the needs of a building and its users, advising the client on the practicality of their project
Keeping with financial budgets and deadlines
Producing detailed workings, drawings and specifications
Specifying the nature and quality of materials required
Negotiating with contractors and other professionals
Carrying out regular site visits to check on progress and ensure that the project is running on time and to budget
Resolving problems and issues that arise during construction
Ensuring that the environmental impact of a project is managed.
The starting salary for an architect ranges from £18-22,000. Individuals with experience can expect a salary rising to £25,000. A fully qualified architect, depending on experience, could earn between £32-45,000. At senior associate, partner or director level, an architect can expect to earn from £45,000 to £70,000.
Gaining chartered membership of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architect Studio) and undertaking agreed levels of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) are key parts of career development and will enable your progression into more senior posts. Architects who have demonstrated distinguished achievement in architecture with more than 5 years of chartered membership, may be awarded Fellow of RIBA status.
Typical Entry Level / Apprenticeship / Level 6 / Degree Apprenticeship Role:
Trainee/Junior: Architect, Architectural Assistant, Architectural Technician, Design Architect, Project
Architect, Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Site Manager, Quantity Surveyor, Cost Estimator,
Design Architectural Engineer, Structural Designer, Civil Engineer, Urban Designer, Draftsperson, BIM
Documenter, Landscape Architect, Building Surveyor, Planning Specialist, Buildings Inspector, Estates
manager, Construction Manager, Interior Designer, Town Planner, Estate Agent
What employers look for:
Strong Design & Artistic Skills
Analytical & Problem-Solving Skills
High Levels of Origination, Innovation and Initiative
Attention to Detail
Prioritising, Juggling Limited Resources and Managing Deadlines
Ability to Deal with Complex Construction Issues
Ethics and Professional Integrity
What can make candidates stand out:
Passion for Design
Quality Unique Portfolio
High Levels of Built Environment Knowledge
Knowledge of Planning Laws
Being More Observant & Inquisitive
Ethics and Integrity and a High Regard for Health & Safety
Excellent Interpersonal Communication Skills – Ability to Communicate to Both
Technical and Non-Technical Colleagues
Diploma/HND/Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree in Architecture/Architectural Engineering/ Architectural Technology/Building Design/Building Services Engineering/Civil Engineering, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA), Association for Project Management (APM), Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), Landscape Institute (LI), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM), International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)
London & South: £28k – £45k
Midlands: £26k – £40k
North: £25k – £38k
Scotland: £25k – £40k
Wales: £24k – £39k
Northern Ireland: £25k – £40k
Foster + Partners, BDP, Zaha Hadid, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Sheppard Robson, Hawkins\ Brown, Allies & Morrison, Hawkins\ Brown, Atkins, Grimshaw, Scott Brownrigg, Purcell, Stride Treglown, Squire & Partners, PLP, tp bennett, EPR, AHR, Feilden Clegg Bradley, PRP, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Broadway Malyan, WilkinsonEyre,
Pascall+Watson, Make, Chapman Taylor, Levitt Bernstein, ADP, 3DReid, NORR, HTA Design, Fletcher Priest,
HLM, Hopkins, Ryder, jmarchitects, Donald Insall, Eric Parry, Glenn Howells, BuckleyGrayYeoman,
SimpsonHaugh, KSS, FaulknerBrowns, NPS Group, Associates, bptw partnership (+40),
Corstorphine + Wright, Farrells, Jestico + Whiles, Bond Bryan Weston
Williamson + Partners
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