Architect

Average Salary: £30,000 - £35,000
Competition: LOW-MID
Years Experience: 2-5 years

Job Summary

Buildings have this impact of making cities iconic. What would be London without Big Ben? What would be Paris without the Eiffel Tower? Architects play a huge role in designing and restoring a variety of new and old buildings, including the spaces around them. These can also include schools, hotels, hospitals and so forth. Before ensuring that these buildings look beautiful, their priority is to make sure that they are sustainable and functional to clients’ needs. What would be the point of a building made out of jelly? Even if that was possible.

Duties

Don’t think that Architects just hand-in their designs and that’s their job done! They are responsible for the project right from the early stages to the completion, which could be the following:

  • Liaising with clients to determine project objectives, requirements, budget and specifics
  • Preparing and presenting design proposal to clients with the use of CAD
  • Making regular site visits to ensure everything is being kept to plan and budget
  • Cooperating with construction professionals in regards to project developments
  • Making modifications and final adjustments based on unexpected project developments
  • Keeping up-to-date with architectural trends and industry developments

Key Skills & Characteristics

An Architect should:

  • Breathe creativity whilst having a genuine interest in design and innovation
  • Have excellent drawing skills with the ability to create in three dimensions
  • Possess strong communication skills, being able to explain design concepts to other professionals
  • Be a quick thinker whilst being able to problem solve effectively
  • Have an analytical approach and an attention to detail

Entry Routes

All sounds amazing, right? Well as they say, anything that is worth doing is not easy. And that can definitely be applied to this scenario. To become an official Architect be prepared to endure five years of study and two years of professional experience, at least. This is broken down in the following parts and stages:

  • Part 1 – A three-year BA or BSc degree in Architecture
  • Stage 1 – Up to 12 months of relevant professional experience
  • Part 2 – A further two-years of study for a further degree, diploma or Masters in Architecture
  • Stage 2 – A minimum of 12 months of relevant professional experience
  • Part 3 – A professional exam in practice and management

Don’t let this scare you. Think the skyscrapers! You must register with the Architects Registration Board (ARB), to use the title ‘Architect’. They hold the power.

Job Progression

Junior Architect

Architect

Senior Architect

Project Manager

Senior Project Manager

Principal

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Rewarding – To be able to be a part of a building that will stand for many years, for people to use, is quite amazing
  • Creativity – You have the freedom to express your ideas
  • Variety – You’ll work on a lot of different projects with clients requesting different specifications

The Bad

  • Budget Constraints – This can really limit the level of creative input you may want to put forward, which is frustrating
  • Long Hours – Expect to take work home, nearly all the time
  • Competitive – Designs wear out like fashion. You have to constantly update your skills